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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of August 31, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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As it does every year, analyst firm Gartner has updated its famous Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies and, according to the firm, mobile health monitoring will need another five to ten years before reaching its “plateau of productivity” and steady market adoption.  Read Original Content

According to Healthcare IT News, Microsoft announced recently that for their new mobile health project they are striking a deal with wireless provider TracFone to extend mHealth technology to underserved and high-risk populations.  Read Original Content

AirStrip, a San Antonio, TX-based company integrating mobile health and IT technologies, has raised $25 million in a strategic funding round that includes new and existing investors.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

The analysts from ReportsnReports forecast the global mobile health and fitness sensor market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40.29 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

Apple plans to debut a new wearable device next month likely to tap into its HealthKit platform and possibly also take advantage of its HomeKit framework that controls connected devices, according to a Re/code report.  Read Original Content
A new study on mHealth wearables that electronically monitor fitness and health-related activity shows a majority provide the needed tools for self-monitoring and goal setting as well as social support, rewards and activity data – which are all used in clinical behavioral interventions.  Read Original Content

Recently, two Silicon Valley startups, AliveCor and Vital Connect, received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients’ hearts from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations.  Read Original Content

Remote monitoring of patients with implantable cardiac devices reduced the mortality rate for cardiac patients by 50 percent and improved their clinical status by nearly ten percent in a randomized control trial recently published in The Lancet.  Read Original Content

According to the results of a recent survey by Inquirer, questioning IT professionals on their attitudes to the IoT, healthcare is the biggest potential market for connected devices and technology. Fifty-four percent of readers said tools like heart-rate monitors were a top benefit of the Internet of Things.  Read Original Content

Insurance heavyweight Aetna is dropping its CarePass mobile fitness app, MobiHealthNews reported, with plans to phase out the platform by the end of this year.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.