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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 30, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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In a new assessment of the mobile healthcare market, ABI Research finds wearable wireless device revenues will grow to exceed $6 billion in 2018. McKinsey estimates the cost of chronic disease treatment could be reduced by 10-20 percent through the use of mobile sensors, an economic impact of up to $2 trillion per year by 2025. Read Original Content

Recently, the Aetna Foundation announced it had awarded $1.2 million in grants to 23 organizations to support the implementation of digital health tools intended for low-income and minority populations.  Read Original Content

The FDA has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would update how the agency classifies medical devices, including mobile health technologies.  The proposed rule would simplify the process by which the agency classifies medical devices as required under the Food Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.  Read Original Content

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The mobile health market is expected to grow to $21.5 billion by 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 54.9 percent, according to a new report from BCC Research.  Read Original Content

A recent PLoS Medicine paper noted, “in 2008 and 2009 approximately 23 of 36 mHealth initiatives did not move beyond the pilot phase.”  Read Original Content
Mobilium Global has announced the launch of its mobile health app in seven African countries to fight AIDS, Malaria and TB. The free application called “Smart Health” provides an accurate baseline information resource on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria as well as invaluable knowledge on a number of ancillary topics such as Injection Safety.  Read Original Content

The United States, which is currently the dominant force in mobile health, is set to be overtaken by Europe over the next five years, according to BCC Research.  Read Original Content

AirStrip Technologies has bought the assets of Sense4Baby Inc., a developer of wireless fetal/maternal monitoring system for high-risk pregnancies.  Read Original Content

A new Research2Guidance report found only 11 percent of the food-producing community’s apps pertain to health and fitness, while 17 percent focus on recipes and 41 percent are related to games and entertainment.  Read Original Content

Health care is rapidly moving from the doctor’s office to the palm of the hand, with 500 million people expected to use mobile health apps by 2015. This shift creates tremendous opportunities and risks for entrepreneurs, providers, clinicians and patients.  Read Original Content

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