New research from Parks Associates reveals 5 percent of U.S. broadband households are home to a smartwatch providing health and fitness tracking features, and 8 percent of households are using a digital fitness activity tracker such as a pedometer. But whether those households will grab more devices or upgrade down the road--and whether more households overall will jump on mHealth device bandwagon--is dependent on greater consumer education about the benefits of such tools.
While healthcare facilities are slowly issuing mobile devices to staff and caregiver teams, it's not happening as rapidly as some would like. To that end, many healthcare professionals increasingly are tapping their own personal smartphones and mobile computing devices to help them do their jobs. That, however, creates a big problem: the security issue (or lack thereof) when it comes to the information being shared, patient data being stored, images being housed, etc. One lost device, one misstep in emailing confidential data, a laptop stolen from a locker or a nurse's station means tremendous liability and legal headaches, not to mention the fallout in consumer trust.
Google reportedly is mulling a substantial investment in fitness tracker Jawbone, a move that could prove to be a win-win for both players aiming to forge deeper traction in the healthcare and fitness wearables market.
Before the Federal Trade Commission or Food and Drug Administration tackle another mobile health technology investigation, the two federal agencies--both of which are charged with protecting consumers--need to huddle up in a conference room, lock the door and not come out until they produce a clear map of what they're responsible for when it comes to oversight and regulating such tools. Why? Because right now it's getting quite difficult to figure out who's keeping on eye on the shallow end of the mobile health technology pool and who's watching the deep end.
A new report lays out a seven-year, $250 million proposal to study and launch the National Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioned the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution, which wrote the report, to oversee the Medical Device Postmarket Surveillance System Planning Board.
A Chicago ambulance and telemedicine service provider is dispensing Google Glass to paramedics to provide real-time two-way communications with physicians at hospitals while treating patients in the field and during transport to hospital treatment centers.
Smartwatches and fitness trackers will be at the forefront as the global wearable device market grows from 17 million shipments as of 2013 to 187.2 million by 2020, representing a 34 percent market growth, according to a new Tractica report.
Cigna-HealthSpring is teaming with Telcare to provide remote monitoring and care engagement services to diabetes patients in the Texas Medicaid STAR+PLUS program.
Deploying a mHealth strategy can be a tricky business, writes John Halamka, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center--there's a balancing act between providing functionality to patients and caregivers while also ensuring security and data privacy.
Of 50 initiatives highlighted on CSO's annual list of groundbreaking safety and security efforts, 11 are endeavors in the healthcare industry, with eight of those recognized in the top 20.