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Apple-IBM partnership bodes well for mHealth innovation

Apple and IBM are forging a global strategic partnership to transform business using mobile technology. A big chunk of that strategy is aimed at the healthcare sector, specifically the mobile healthcare segment.

Google healthcare strategy boasts strengths, weaknesses, industry experts say

As Google's Glass offering already is making headlines thanks to various mHealth pilots and initiatives, some industry experts remain wary of such efforts due to security issues

Docs: Wearable devices a possible game changer in medical care

As wearable devices invade the healthcare market, doctors are mulling how data from the technology can change the face of medical care.

Why Google could emerge as the leader in mHealth: It's all about the data

In the past month, the top players in smartphone industry have made big moves into the mHealth device market. Apple debuted its HealthKit, which will foster data sharing across mHealth applications as well as healthcare institutions. Samsung announced a digital health initiative using open hardware and software platforms for mHealth technology advancement and innovation. And Google, whose Glass computing eyewear is already being used in healthcare setting, has been described as potentially being the "best positioned of the three to build a consumer friendly data management platform."

Lack of brand-name smartphone could be Google's downfall in wearables battle

There is one big reason why Google may not emerge the victor in the wearable device and apps battle being waged with smartphone makers Apple and Samsung: It lacks a brand-name smartphone and thus faces a big market challenge.

Apple patents may hint at future mHealth strategy

Three Apple patents related to wearable sensors deployed on an iPhone were published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may offer a deeper look into the vendor's mHealth strategy.

For wearables to take deeper root, user incentives a must

A new report from Rock Health on the wearables product industry and market outlook doesn't sugar coat what lies ahead for devices promising to help users manage their health and health issues. In particular, the report offers up one startling statistic: Users discard fitness bands and other wearable health devices, including smart watches, just after 15 months of use. Given all the media hype and vendor activity, one could easily get the impression that wearable devices are flying off the shelves and consumers are clamoring for better options.

3 areas where the biosensing wearables market needs to expand

The biosensing wearables market will need to expand in three core areas--functionality, reliability and convenience--to scale beyond early adopters, according to a new Rock Health report, " The Future of Biosensing Wearables."

Google plans rival to Apple's HealthKit

Google plans to launch a health platform called Google Fit that will aggregate data from fitness-tracking devices and health-related apps,  Forbes  reports, citing multiple sources familiar with Google's plans.

Apple to FDA: There's a 'moral obligation' to do more with health sensors

Apple officials expressed that the IT industry may have a "moral obligation" to "do more" with health sensors and other similar devices in a conversation held in December with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials.