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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 26, 2012

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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According to a recent Deloitte survey, 78 percent of senior mobile industry executives view healthcare as the most promising new growth channel for 4G services. Read Original Content

A recent report from BBC Research indicates that the global telemedicine market grew from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011 and will almost triple to $27.3 billion in 2016. Read Original Content

One of the broadest efforts to assess "mHealth" strategies is being made by dozens of faculty, staff and students in multiple departments at the Johns Hopkins University, which has 49 official studies underway in Baltimore and around the world as part of its Global mHealth Initiative. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

Globally, about 3.1 billion people used mobile phones in 2007; that’s nearly half the planet. In theory, this access to the Internet and specifically to mobile phone technologies should advance healthcare delivery, but is mHealth really going to improve health outcomes? Read Original Content



A new global mHealth market survey conducted in late 2011 examines the opinions of both start-up companies and mHealth and traditional healthcare market players that have had experience publishing applications for a smartphone platform. The report covers major questions about current mobile health market, and discusses hypotheses about market trends. Read Original Content

Castlight Health, which offers a personalized health care shopping platform that helps employees better understand the price of medical services and the quality of certain providers, has launched its first mobile app, Castlight Mobile. The free app is available to employees at companies that already use Castlight’s healthcare costs platform. Read Original Content

The proliferation of mobile devices in health care, in conjunction with the push for electronic health records and health information exchange, has added a whole new chapter to the book of privacy and security best practices. Health care CIOs and IT departments must balance privacy and security with usability and cost. End users must be educated about how to keep devices secure and personal health. Read Original Content

Forrester published a report recently titled Mobile is the New Face of Engagement, which found mobile users of a service are more engaged than non-mobile users of the same service. Forrester followed up the report with a series of blog posts on the subject of mobile, citing some very good examples of mobile driving adoption and usage numbers that were way beyond expectations. Read Original Content

During the first panel session of the ONC’s Mobile Devices Roundtable event, representatives from five federal offices explained their department’s role in setting the regulatory framework for using mobile devices in health care, specifically with regard to the privacy and security of protected health information. Read Original Content

Everything in medicine is going mobile. Promoted as technology that can change behavior in both patients and physicians, mobile technology dominated the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting. Read Original Content


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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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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.