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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 29, 2013

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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With the rise of the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices has come a flood of applications designed to help people stay healthy. Now, the FDA will focus on monitoring a handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.  Read Original Content

For people who forget to take their meds—which is about half of us—Janssen Healthcare Innovation has introduced a free mobile app and Web-based platform designed to help anyone with almost any type of cell phone take their medications as prescribed. The app, Care4Today Mobile Health Manager, is intended to help prevent needless additional healthcare services that often result when patients can’t seem to stick with the program.  Read Original Content

The Jitterbug cell phone, designed for senior citizens and their families, has new service plans offering unlimited access to medical alert services, medical professionals, and other exclusive health management tools.  Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

In February, Biosense Technologies Private Ltd. unveiled uChek, a mobile application and companion kit that allow people to use their phone cameras to read subtle color differences on urine test strips. The creators of uChek say their invention can help determine an individual’s risk for more than 25 medical conditions, including diabetes and hepatitis. What they didn’t anticipate is the need for government approval to sell their product in the U.S.  Read Original Content

Apple has introduced its iPhone 5s with the M7 coprocessor. This new chip continually monitors motion data using the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass, and also takes users' ID measurements and optimizes them based on contextual awareness. Apple will provide developers access to the chip via a new CoreMotion API, which should enable a new generation of fitness apps.  Read Original Content
Qualcomm Life is building software and protocols that could bring some order to the chaos of health data. Its first product, called the 2Net Platform, is a system for getting wireless data off those devices and onto the Internet servers of clients, like health device makers or hospitals.  Read Original Content

Voxiva, Inc., a pioneer in interactive mobile health and wellness programs, announced their services have delivered more than 100 million health messages to consumers by text message. Voxiva’s Care4life portfolio of programs promote maternal and child health, adult health and wellness, smoking cessation, and diabetes self-management.  Read Original Content

The Food and Drug Administration issued final guidelines for mobile health apps, outlining the apps the regulations will affect and the requirements those apps must meet to achieve FDA approval.  The FDA's tailored approach focuses on regulating apps that carry significant risks if they aren't operated correctly.  Read Original Content

Kansas City just added another tech-related feather to its cap: Sprint and Techstars announced the launch of a new mobile health-focused startup accelerator based in the Midwestern city. Kevin McGinnis, a vice president of development for Sprint, said the accelerator will be looking for companies directed at “the full gamut of mobile health opportunities.” Read Original Content

Driven by the thriving ecosystem, SNS Research estimates the mHealth market will account for nearly $9 billion in 2014 alone. Despite barriers relating to regulation, patient acceptance and privacy concerns, SNS Research estimates further growth at a CAGR of nearly 40 percent over the next six years.  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.