Digital Health

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Consumer-centric Care Model is Creating Opportunities in the Connected Health Device Market

Regulators, insurers, and care providers are shifting to a patient-centered approach that engages patients as active participants in their own care management. Concurrently, design breakthroughs, technology advances, and mass adoption of mobile consumer devices have made consumer-centric care possible in ways previously impossible. Consumer electronics companies have taken note; the result is the rise of a young but very dynamic market for connected health and wellness devices that help care ...read more

Monday, August 04, 2014

Identifying the Early Consumer Market for Digital Health Solutions

Interest in technology does not influence interest, adoption, or usage regarding digital health products and services. Parks Associates' consumer research finds an entirely different set of factors drive consumers to use digital health tools, such as health apps and devices like the Fitbit.

Consumer demand for digital health is distinct from the factors that make a consumer an early adopter of connected CE. Instead, consumer efforts to exercise and eat right are correlated to their ...read more

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The New Consumer Role in Personal Healthcare Services

Consumers are gaining increasingly active roles in their healthcare services. Spending is shifting from employers to employees, and personal technologies give consumers the ability to make informed decisions about their healthcare. However, consumer uptake of digital health and wellness solutions is uneven.

 

For example, 42% of consumers in U.S. broadband households have used at least one online service offered by their doctors, but usage of specific online tools ranges from ...read more

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The New Consumer Role in Personal Healthcare Services

Consumers are gaining increasingly active roles in their healthcare services. Spending is shifting from employers to employees, and personal technologies give consumers the ability to make informed decisions about their healthcare. However, consumer uptake of digital health and wellness solutions is uneven.

 

For example, 42% of consumers in U.S. broadband households have used at least one online service offered by their doctors, but usage of specific online tools ranges from ...read more

Friday, August 01, 2014

Top 5 Wearable Industry Challenges

The wearables market represents a significant new market opportunity for device OEMs. However, like any emerging computing platform, wearables have yet to figure out where they sit in a consumer’s lifestyle. Though consumer awareness and adoption have increased recently, OEMs, developers, and device manufacturers will have to consider and overcome several market barriers. We have summarized some of the top wearable industry challenges below.

1. OEMs are still searching for and defining ...read more

Friday, November 01, 2013

Connected Medical Devices: Opportunities for Service Providers

 

Connected Health and the Role of Connected Medical Devices

 

Connected health solutions, often implemented along with connected medical devices, are expanding the traditional means of practicing healthcare. Connected medical devices include durable medical equipment (DME) and personal health devices as well as the emerging mobile medical apps that care providers and consumers are using on their smartphones and tablets. These technologies are designed to deliver more ...read more

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

ACO and PCMH: Coordinated Care Model Gaining Momentum

The coordinated care models are the driving forces of healthcare reform in the U.S. They emphasize the basic relationships between a patient and his doctors, focusing on the continuum of care that the patient receives. The model rewards doctors for the outcome of care instead of pure volume. The two dominant models are the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has enjoyed broad market interest since 2007 as a ...read more

Monday, April 01, 2013

Mobile Operators, m-Health, and the role of M2M in Healthcare

Parks Associates defines mobile health (m-health) as health applications and services delivered through mobile communication platforms. It is a subsegment of the wireless health industry and relies on mobile technology for information delivery and service rendering.

 

Rapid smartphone adoption, combined with the popularity of mobile features, is fueling the rapid growth in this industry. M-health revenues exceeded $500 million in 2011, and Parks Associates estimates revenues ...read more

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Role of "Fun" in Wellness and Fitness

It is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and consumers, academics, companies, and the government are all aware of this fact. The Affordable Care Act carries many provisions to promote healthy behaviors, in many cases following initiatives already independently implemented by insurance companies. The difficulty is often implementing top-level policies that filter down successfully to the individual level.

Recent theories in behavioral change emphasize engagement, providing timely, ...read more

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

IP-based Services and Home Health Monitoring

In the U.S., about 18% of all households (or 20 million households) currently are taking care of one or multiple family members with age-related problems. An additional eight million households anticipate looking after an elderly parent with either age-related problems or chronic ailments.

Parks Associates’ consumer research shows consumers have considerable interest in home health monitoring solutions overall:

  • 42% of broadband households surveyed found the independent living
  • ...read more

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