Healthworks Collective: How Mobile Technologies Are Changing the Face of Medicine


It’s no secret that one of the biggest problems facing the American healthcare system is a growing shortfall in providers; especially primary care physicians. And while we may not like it, this trend shows no sign of reversing anytime soon. Can mobile health technologies help to address this problem? HealthWorks Collective has an excellent article on this question from Dr. John Henning, a primary care doctor and residency program director.

Read more of John’s article at HealthWorks Collective.

The mHealth Market: 43% Growth Through 2019

mhealthThe mobile health market is hot. Consumer driven healthcare, an aging population, the proliferation of smart devices and greater connectivity than ever before have created the “perfect storm” where mhealth and technology driven diagnostic services are experiencing explosive growth.

The global mhealth and diagnostic medical device market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43.3% between 2013 and 2019. That’s not just hot, that’s muy caliente.

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Is This the Most Powerful Clinical Research Tool Ever Invented?

iPhoneMuch has been written over the past few months about Apple ResearchKit and its potential to completely revolutionize R&D in the life sciences industry. The idea is simple. And it got me thinking; is the iPhone the most powerful clinical research tool ever invented?

Apple’s ResearchKit uses an open source technology framework to allow research institutions running clinical trials to design apps that tap into the iPhone’s many sensors to collect and send data. With ResearchKit, the iPhone becomes a clincial research tool that can measure vital signs, share patient-reported outcomes, and harvest information. The technology will enable people to opt in to clinical trials from anywhere in the world. The iPhone also then becomes a powerful diagnostic tool that will enable vital information to be shared with physicians, hospitals, health centers, and more. This is, in my opinion, a new frontier for mHealth; one that is both exciting and thought provoking at the same time. Apple ResearchKit has the potential to transform entire industries including outsourced clinical research, diagnostics and drug development. But it is very early days.

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Pharmaceutical Companies and mHealth: Where are the Opportunities?

mHealthMobile health, digital health and big data analytics are real growth areas, impacting all aspects of the healthcare ecosystem and changing how we deliver healthcare, manage our individual health, pay for services and access health related information, among other things. But where do pharmaceutical companies fit into the equation, and how can the pharmaceutical industry benefit from the revolution happening in mHealth?

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Getting Past the Mobile Health Hype

Technologymicroprocessor-519144-editedLately I’ve been reading a lot about mobile health, and the mHealth market. Some of the discussion is focused on mHealth being overhyped. It seems that in the worlds of science and technology, there is a tendency to brand whatever is deemed the “next new thing” as being over hyped. While I understand this (after all, “experts” and news organizations need something to say), I can’t say that I agree with their assessment.

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Telemedicine Market Growth

Telemedicine is one of the fastest growing sectors in healthcare. The telemedicine market is doubling and tripling in size, depending upon which segments you look at and the sources of those numbers. The point is, this area of healthcare is hot, and only getting hotter as more attention turns to improving cost effectiveness and alternative care delivery models.

Over the past few months, we’ve been enjoying ourselves with infographics. Having fun creating them, sharing them, and using them in our social media outreach. We took a look at some of the impressive numbers showing the growth of telemedicine. Here they are: Continue reading

Telemedicine Market Shows Strong Growth Due to Healthcare Changes

telemedicineOne of the biggest growth areas in healthcare right now is telemedicine. The numbers are impressive. In a report from global market research company IHS, telemedicine, which is defined as “the use of medical devices and communication technology together to monitor diseases and symptoms,” is predicted to grow at a cumulative annual growth rate of more than 56 percent between 2013 and 2018. Continue reading