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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of December 16, 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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The number of mHealth devices sold this year represents a 37 percent increase over 2011 figures and it is estimated the market will continue to expand for at least the next five years. From 2011 to 2017, ABI Research predicts the market for mHealth products will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent. Read Original Content

CVS Caremark Corp. is beefing up its mobile commerce site and smartphone app to help customers better manage their health. The new enhancements to the CVS mobile site include an immunization scheduler. Read Original Content

A quarter of Americans trust symptom checker websites, symptom check mobile apps or home-based vital sign monitors as much as they do their doctors, according to a recent U.S. survey commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics. Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

Rep. Michael Honda has introduced a bill that would establish an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration in order to coordinate with other federal agencies and industry on how to develop a consistent and reasonable approach on emerging mobile health technologies. Read Original Content

A slew of new devices leveraging improved connectivity to mobile handsets have fueled strong growth for wearable wireless mHealth devices in 2012. By the end of the year, nearly 30 million devices will have shipped, up 37 percent on 2011 shipments. Read Original Content
With the rising adoption of smartphones by physicians in the U.S., the mHealth market is growing immensely. On the back of these factors, the mHealth market is anticipated to grow at an annual growth rate of nearly 19 percent during 2012-2014. Read Original Content

AT&T has launched new cloud-based remote patient monitoring technology that is delivered as software-as-a-service from Ericsson, HealthTechZone recently reported. Read Original Content

Nearly one in three cell phone owners (31 percent) use their devices to find health or medical information online, up from 17 percent just two years ago, according to a nationwide survey sponsored by the Pew Research Center. Read Original Content
It’s estimated that by 2017 mobile healthcare, or mHealth, will be worth more than $23 billion worldwide. The United States is expected to make up nearly a quarter of all mHealth spending at that time with $5.9 billion. Read Original Content

A pilot program at Central Indiana Beacon Community that focuses on remote video conferencing between nurses and discharged hospital patients cut readmissions by a dramatic 75 percent, according to Alan Snell, chief medical informatics officer at Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health. Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. 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.