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.
Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on required privacy protection for data are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a new white paper from Glen Burnie, Maryland-based testing and certification company Intertek.
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.
Roughly two-thirds of Americans are enthusiastic about tapping digital tools for managing personal health and such eagerness likely will drive deeper adoption of wearables and use of mobile medical apps, a new online health survey reveals.
Mobile tools, such as text messaging, can help boost adherence in global chronic disease management, which can lead to improved health and more cost-effective care, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
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.
The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with two companies, and is pursuing charges against two others, in relation to two apps that claim to detect melanoma.
UnitedHealthcare plan members can now pay medical bills via the provider's mobile app, Health4Me; the payer's mHealth software is the first to have an electronic bill-payment service, according to an announcement.
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.