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Monday, May 04, 2015

Provider prescribed mHealth tools would be embraced by consumers, report says

"One big complexity, once you have a patient connected with their devices, is the management of data," Riddleberger said. "With the potential for so much new patient data, EHRs become even more comprehensive, and questions will arise around how to import the data and who's responsible for alerts."

A recent Parks Associates report reveals increasing adoption may provide a huge market opportunity for mobile carriers that align connected health businesses with connected living ...read more

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Incorporating mHealth into routine care 'potentially transformational' despite challenges

Increased demand for wearables may cause providers to face an overflow of patient data, they add. That "tsunami" of information will lead to issues such as a potential need for constant oversight and the need to summarize all the data into a usable and meaningful format.

Wearable adoption is tied to consumer education on the benefits of such tools. A recent Parks Associates study reports just 5 percent of U.S. broadband households are home to a smartwatch providing health an ...read more

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Connected fitness trackers to double by 2019

Global revenue of connected fitness trackers will rise from last year's more than $2 billion to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a new study, "Digitally Fit: Products and Services for Connected Consumers," conducted by research firm Parks Associates.

The top devices being switched on by consumers are digital pedometers featuring wireless connectivity. The most popular connected fitness equipment used by providers in the healthcare and exercise industry are tools featuring ...read more

Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple Watch mHealth functionality limited

Parks Associates expects Apple will sell between 15 million to 20 million Watch devices in 2015. The "wild card," notes the research firm, is potential demand in Asia, particularly in China, where Apple products have become very popular, writes analyst Harry Wang, in a blog post.

Vendors are scrambling to make headway in the mHealth wearables sector. Just last week, LG announced its first 4G LTE-enabled smartwatch wearable, called the LG Watch Urbane LTE. It features all the ...read more

Monday, March 02, 2015

Wearables must align to consumer needs for longtime adoption

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, acco ...read more

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Mobile health app use poses market opportunity for carriers

More than 40 million smartphone users tap at least one fitness or wellness app regularly, according to a new Parks Associates report. What's more, according to the report, connected mHealth devices represented 4 percent of U.S. machine-to-machine connections last year with the figure expected to double by 2019, and one in four heads of broadband-using households currently are using an app to track fitness or calories.

Increasing mHealth technology adoption may provide a huge ...read more

Monday, December 22, 2014

Caregivers tapping mHealth devices for emergency notification capabilities

Nearly half of U.S. caregivers residing in a broadband household are tapping a digital health device as part of their care-taking routine, with 8 percent using an electronic watch and another 8 percent using online tools, reveals a new Parks Associates' report, "360 View: Health Devices and Services for Connected Consumers 2014."

The report notes 44 percent of current and future caregivers expressed interest in using an electronic panic device for emergency incidents, and 30 ...read more

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