"wearable" articles

Terry Duesterhoeft , President & CEO, A&D Medical, provides insight on several key industry trends for Parks Associates’ 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit conference , which will be held January 5 at CES 2017 in Las Vegas: What is the most important next step to engage consumers in smart home solutions, connected entertainment services, and/or value-added services like tech support and connected health? For consumer engagement to occur in full, there needs to be...
After a week-long rumor mill about Fitbit acquiring the struggling smart watch maker Pebble, the suspense ended today when Fitbit announced that it is acquiring Pebble’s software assets and IPs , not the latter’s hardware business. Though it is a smart move to skip Pebble’s hardware business, the rationale for Fitbit to acquire Pebble’s software business remains unconvincing to me. We don’t know the price tag of the deal so have no idea how much value Fitbit attaches to...
 
by Harry Wang | Dec. 7, 2016
Tags: Apple, apps, fitness apps, smart watch, wearable
The most recent issue of the  Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology published results of a randomized clinical trial evaluating the impact of fitness tracker usage on consumers’ activity levels and health benefits. The trial, taking place in Singapore and involving 800 participants over a 12-month period from 2013 to 2014, found that fitness trackers, such as Fitbit, do not raise activity levels enough to improve health. Even when employers offer financial rewards, the outcome...
 
by Harry Wang | Oct. 5, 2016
Tags: apps, fitness apps, wearable
New Parks Associates research reveals that one in seven U.S. broadband households are interested in a remote health monitoring solution, offered by a hospital/physician group, and receiving reminders from them about how to manage chronic health conditions. The international research firm will address patient engagement at the third-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers , August 30 – September 1 in San Diego. The event spotlights health technologies as part of the...
With rising consumer interest and hot venture money, the wearables market for health and wellness has taken a significant stride forward. The industry is currently fixated on who can dominate the wrist, an increasing number of innovations in sensors and form factors open doors for other opportunities—such as smart earbuds. Human ears offer certain advantages for companies seeking to collect biometric data. Ears have blood vessels that supply information about heart rate, blood...
Connected wearables are flourishing in almost every health and wellness category. According to Parks Associates, 33% of U.S. broadband households now own at least one connected health device—such as a digital fitness tracker, networked weight scale, connected treadmill, or blood pressure meter—an increase from just under 25% in 2014. With rising consumer interest and hot venture money, the wearables market for health and wellness has taken a significant stride forward....
The emerging wearables market, especially with the entrance of Google and Apple, can have a huge impact on employer-offered corporate wellness programs. If wearable device makers can customize their solutions to meet employer’s needs and overcome challenges such as employee privacy and data security concerns, the corporate wellness programs can become a significant distribution channel for their products. Employers, which comprise the largest buyer group of health insurance on...
 
by Harry Wang | Mar. 7, 2016
Tags: care management, fitness apps, mHealth, wearable
A recent but significant development is Apple’s and Google’s entry into the health and wellness market. Both giants offer a wearables OS platform, dominate the smartphone and tablet software market, control app distribution channels, and now have their own respective health data aggregation/device integration platform. Apple’s HealthKit and ResearchKit have received considerable news coverage highlighting its partnerships with healthcare industry players. Google also...
 
by Harry Wang | Feb. 18, 2016
Tags: Apple, Google, mHealth, patient engagement, wearable

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