The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
The global market for mobile health services is expected to generate more than $49 billion in revenues by 2020, up from just $2 billion in 2012, according to a new study from Grand View Research.
The research indicates that monitoring will remain the dominant and fastest-growing market segment.
Monitoring generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2012 and sales are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 49.7% between 2014 and 2020.
M2M player Gemalto has revealed it is providing wireless connectivity for a next-generation “smart health and wellness” hub developed by Vignet.
The hub works by consolidating information from medical sensors – using a cloud-based server that converts the data into “easy-to-understand insights”.
Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) is supplying 3G and 4G modules for the hub, allowing data to be sent over cellular networks so that healthcare providers can deliver remote care to patients.
Telehealth player AMC Health is ramping up its offerings with the launch of a new mobile platform and telehealth conferencing system, aimed at allowing healthcare providers to offer services to patients in the home.
The company has also announced an extension of its cloud strategy, designed to improve the patient experience.
Healthcare providers rate increased access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location as the top benefits of mobile health technology, according to a new survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics.
Funding limitations came top of the list of barriers to the use of mobile health, while many providers indicated they were at an early stage of adopting and implementing the technology.
Some 69% said they used a mobile device to view patient information, for instance, but just 36% used mobile technologies to collect data at the bedside.
Swiss telemedicine player Medgate is to launch a new mobile health service in partnership with telecoms incumbent Swisscom.
The Medgate (Basel, Switzerland) service provides users who download an app with access to medical care at anytime and from any location, offering round-the-clock access to doctors besides tools to assist with health management.
According to Medcare, the app will allow patients to contact their telemedical centre for advice and to send images of affected areas – in the case of skin and eye conditions – to experts for analysis.
Telehealth specialist AliveCor has expanded the availability of its electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis service into the UK and Ireland.
The service allows patients to share ECG recordings with UK-based cardiac physiologists and receive expert reviews via the use of AliveCor’s AliveECG app.
AliveCor (San Francisco, CA, USA) promises that recordings will be analyzed within 24 hours to provide users with a more complete picture of their heart health at any time.
Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smartwatch and fitness band along with the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.
The world's biggest smartphone maker set a trend less than six months ago for wearable devices that link to mobile handsets with its Galaxy Gear watch, which has seen rivals like Sony (Tokyo, Japan) and Huawei (Shenzhen, China) follow in its wake.
Qualcomm’s mobile health subsidiary Qualcomm Life has unveiled details of new technology partners as it looks to develop an ecosystem for the emerging mobile health market.
Mobile health players Medixine (Espoo, Finland), Next Step Citizen (Esbjerg, Denmark) and PARI (Starnberg, Germany) have all joined its 2net platform, aimed at broadening the availability of mobile health services.
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is to work with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on developing digital health technologies aimed at reducing the number of preventable illnesses.
As part of the tie-up, the two organizations are to establish a new research center they are calling the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, which will be located at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.
Researchers and technologists will be able to use the center for trials of emerging mobile health technologies.