"mHealth" articles

Although the use of on-demand virtual care technologies remains controversial, shifting perception has led care providers to implement or embed solutions into their current care practices. Parks Associates research shows that almost 40% of consumers are interested in communicating digitally with medical professionals via phone calls or online voice chat. As the consumer-focused transformation in healthcare broadens, more care will be delivered in non-acute settings, including in...
The Internet of Things opens many new opportunities for the connected consumer.  Startups are targeting every aspect of the home, the car, and the body, with applications focused on safety, security, comfort, convenience, health, and wellbeing. Each year at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ Conference , venture capitalists speak on a session about the future direction of IoT investing. At the 2017 event, session attendees were asked their opinions on where start-up activity...
International research firm Parks Associates  will host the fourth-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers , August 29-31 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, CA. The event will analyze the roles of connected health technologies and innovations in driving changes in consumer behaviors and business models and is focused on data-driven, human-centric patient experience and engagement. Early registration  for the three-day event, which includes a pre-show research...
The health insurer industry recognizes that the current way of doing business is not sustainable long term. Insurers either keep shifting more cost to consumers, resulting in consumers directly doing business with care providers, or they kept raising premiums, bankrupting consumers, and eventually causing their own demise—either out of business or government moves in to create a single payer system. As current thinking goes, insurers want to change their role from a gatekeeper...
As usual, CES 2017 was a four-day extravaganza of innovations from the smartest connected car innovations to the latest bendable/flexible battery. In the digital health section of the show floor, two companies caught my attention—Israel-based TytoCare and South Korea’s Partron/Croise. Both design and manufacture what I call “personal health hub” devices. TytoCare’s hub (the TytoHome model on the right) is a half-palm-sized device with accessories that currently...
Some of the most interesting news to come out of CES this year had to do with virtual reality. With the upcoming release of the Windows Holographic System and VR headsets for around $300, it seems like 2017 may be the year that VR goes mainstream. But what does this mean for fitness and healthcare? One example of what we can expect in terms of fitness is VirZOOM. The VirZOOM platform includes a stationary bicycle that works in combination with a VR headset and accompanying software...
We recently released a  complimentary whitepaper  examining the top trends in the connected home, health, and mobile industries.  Top 10 Consumer IoT Trends in 2017 , which features insight from Parks Associates’ analyst team, examines key topics driving growth and monetization of the IoT. Wearables and smart watches are expanding as healthcare tools and will be integrated with other IoT applications. The market for smart watches, and for wearables...
Fitbit’s stock had a terrible year in 2016 even though the company posted double-digit growth in both revenues and device sales. That is how tough to be in hardware business these days. Fitbit has never hid its ambition for pursuing growth opportunities via the corporate wellness and health insurance channels, but that growth has yet to be validated through financial metrics. The upcoming fourth-quarter financials and its 10-K report later this year would clear a lot of...
 
by Harry Wang | Jan. 5, 2017
Tags: care management, mHealth, wearable

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