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By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2013
A breakdown of the apps for specific therapy areas. There are more than 43,000 healthcare apps available from the US iTunes store, but only about 16,275 of those are patient-facing apps with "genuine" health content, according to a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Furthermore, in an analysis of the Google Play Store, IMS found that 50 percent of health apps are...
By Aditi Pai July 31, 2013
Shipments of app-enabled smart wireless accessories will approach 170 million by the end of 2018, compared to over 18 million this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Wireless accessories refers to the hardware that links to the smartphone, often via short-range wireless technology such as WiFi or Bluetooth. Some devices considered include smartwatches and smart glasses. The...
By Aditi Pai July 11, 2013
Global sports and fitness app installations are expected to grow to 248 million in 2017 from 156 million in 2012, a 60 percent rise, according to a recent report from IHS Electronics and Media titled "The World Market for Sports and Fitness Monitors." The three app categories incorporated in the report are running, heart rate, and multi-sport and activity tracking. Additionally, 62 percent of...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches. "Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...
By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2013
Sports and fitness monitors, including wearable sensors and running and cycling computers, will hit 56.2 million global shipments in 2017, up from 43.8 million this year, according to IMS Research. Over the five years, the research firm predicts 252 million units will ship. IMS Research's sports and fitness monitor category includes "fitness and heart-rate monitors, sports and running computers,...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2013
The Fitbit Flex is a Bluetooth 4.0- enabled activity tracker. Bluetooth 4.0. or Bluetooth Smart, is emerging as the leading connectivity protocol for fitness devices, and the medical market is likely to follow soon, according to industry analysts in statements released by the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth SIG announced that since 2008 it has qualified 142 medical products and 56 fitness products. In...
By Brian Dolan January 22, 2013
Last year healthcare providers remotely monitored about 308,000 patients worldwide for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions, according to a recent report from InMedica. By 2017 that number should spike to 1.8 million patients, the research firm predicts. InMedica found that the majority of patients are...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2012
The Nike+ Fuel Band According to ABI research, nearly 30 million "wireless wearable health devices" were shipped in 2012, a 37 percent growth from 2011. Jonathan Collins, lead analyst on the study, told MobiHealthNews that the report only looked at devices worn on the body (nothing subdermal), with some form of wireless connectivity, and related in some way to monitoring health. The 30 million...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2012
A new report from Juniper is the latest in a flurry of forecasts about the role that smart wearable devices, or wearables, are going to play in the mobile technology market over the next few years. Juniper says wearables will be a $1.5 billion market by 2014, up from just $800 million this year. Some of that drive is from “multifunction” devices like Google’s Project Glass and a similar product...
By Brian Dolan August 30, 2012
This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which is responsible for developing technical standards for the short-range wireless technology and evangelizing its adoption, announced the finalized standards for Bluetooth Smart sensors that measure speed and cadence for running and cycling. The standards are for devices that use the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard branded as Bluetooth...