Survey: Fitness devices to be most popular wearable for next five years

By: Aditi Pai | Nov 13, 2014        

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Thirteen percent of consumers plan to purchase a health or fitness wearable device within the next year, according to a survey of 2,000 consumers from Acquity Group, a subsidiary of Accenture.

Acquity Group questioned consumers about all internet of things (IoT) technologies, which the company defines as everyday devices that connect to the internet through embedded sensors and computing power.

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The company found that of all the wearable technologies addressed in the survey, fitness wearables will likely see the most growth in the short term. More than 30 percent of consumers plan to buy one in the next five years. The second most popular wearable among consumers was the smartwatch. While 5 percent of consumers plan to purchase a smartwatch in the next year, 23 percent plan to purchase one in the next five years.

Consumers may be interested in smartwatches in part because, in the past year, several popular brands have announced smartwatches. Earlier this year, Samsung launched three smartwatches, the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo. Then, in September, Apple announced Apple Watch, its smartwatch — this was likely the most high profile launch. Later that month, Basis Science, the wearable company that was acquired in March by Intel’s new devices group, unveiled a smartwatch, the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker. And most recently, activity tracker maker Fitbit added a smartwatch to its line of fitness trackers.

The Acquity Group survey found that the category of health and fitness technologies least likely to catch on is smart clothing and heads-up displays. Only around 3 percent of consumers expect to purchase these devices in the next year. In the next five years, 14 percent of consumers plan to adopt smart clothing and 16 percent plan to adopt a headset wearable device.

For all wearable technology, the survey found that 30 percent of consumers don’t see the value in such devices, 26 percent are concerned with the price, and 19 percent are concerned with privacy.


Duke, Philips pilot feeding tube sensor for remote monitoring of premature infants

By: Jonah Comstock | Nov 12, 2014        

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MCS0413_11861_InnerSense_Or_HubSyringePhilips and Duke University School of Nursing will be piloting a new remote monitoring technology for premature babies, the companies announced today. The study will use Philips’ recently FDA-cleared InnerSense device, a feeding tube which doubles as a core temperature sensor, to monitor the infants for signs of hypothermia. The tube connects via a cord to a Philips bedside monitor.

“Monitoring core temperature is critical for caregivers in helping to reduce mortality and morbidity among infants,” Michael Mancuso, CEO of Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, a division of Philips Healthcare, said in a statement. “The Philips InnerSense technology provides caregivers with critical and relevant temperature measurement data when they need it most, while minimizing frequent disruptions and keeping infants comfortable.”

According to Philips, infants with a birthweight under 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 3 ounces) often lack the ability to regulate their own body heat during their first 24 hours of life and can succumb to hypothermia as a result. Because they are so small and delicate, it’s difficult to find the right means to monitor their core body temperature.  Keep reading>>

Xerox makes strategic investment in kiosk company HealthSpot

By: Aditi Pai | Nov 12, 2014        

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HealthSpot KioskDublin, Ohio-based HealthSpot, which offers telemedicine kiosks for workplace and retail locations, has raised an undisclosed sum from Xerox. The company says the investment will help it more quickly scale deployment of its kiosks.

HealthSpot’s total known funding to date is at least $23 million. It’s most recent round was in May 2014.

As part of the investment, HealthSpot will now use Xerox’s IT infrastructure for cloud hosting, system integration, claims eligibility, and claims submissions.

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Modernizing Medicine raises $15M for tablet-based EHR, virtual medical assistant

By: Jonah Comstock | Nov 12, 2014        

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modernizing medicine EMABoca Raton, Florida-based Modernizing Medicine has raised $15 million from existing investors, the company announced yesterday. The round was led by Summit Partners and Pentland Group, both of which contributed to the company’s previous $14 million round in August 2013. This latest investment brings Modernizing Medicine’s total funding to $55.2 million.

Modernizing Medicine makes a mobile-based electronic health record targeted at specialists called EMA (electronic medical assistant). The company has more than 4,000 provider users according to a recent press release, including more than a quarter of US dermatologists. They use aggregated, deidentified data to create population-level insights that are then delivered back to the physician.  Keep reading>>

Researchers diagnose glaucoma while patients watch TV

By: Aditi Pai | Nov 12, 2014        

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Glaucoma StudyAn eye scanner may be able to detect glaucoma in patients by examining patterns of eye movements recorded when subjects watch a movie, according to researchers at City University London who published their findings in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

“At present, healthcare detection and monitoring of patients with sensory impairments resulting from chronic age-related neurodegenerative disease is done, mainly inadequately, in a clinic; a system that is likely unsustainable in the future,” researchers wrote. “Instead of relying on infrequent tests in a clinic, focus should shift to capturing health-related data acquired as part of a person’s ordinary daily activities.”

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Joslin, Glooko add activity tracker data to their HypoMap diabetes management system

By: Jonah Comstock | Nov 12, 2014        

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Firefox Browser TemplateThere’s been a lot of talk lately about integrating activity data collected by devices like the Fitbit or the Misfit Shine into the clinical workflow, but there haven’t been too many concrete examples yet. Now diabetes management technology company Glooko, which made its name with a universal cord and app for connecting glucometers to smartphones, is changing that. The company introduced a feature today which lets patients feed activity data into its population health management software, the Glooko-Joslin HypoMap system.

“Being here in Silicon Valley, there’s all this press and all this attention to fitness devices,” Rick Altinger, CEO of Glooko, told MobiHealthNews. “But the reality is, those fitness devices don’t correlate. They don’t help drive people with a chronic disease to change their behavior and understand this sort of correlation between exercise and lower blood glucose levels.”

Glooko’s new feature, which will be rolled out immediately to the company’s provider customers, uses that data in a number of ways. Educationally, being able to show the patient a graph where days with more exercise line up with healthier blood glucose levels can be a powerful tool for physicians, Altinger said. In addition, doctors and diabetes educators will be able to monitor patients’ activity and glucose levels remotely and check in if need be.  Keep reading>>