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January 12, 2014

Digital Health and Fitness Tech is on the Move at 2014 CES – CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association supports the consumer technology industry through market research, education and public policy representation.With digital health exhibits expanding by 40 percent and digital fitness exhibits expanding by 30…

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January 8, 2014

Apple calls fitness app Moves a “surprise hit” | mobihealthnews

Apple has announced that in 2013, the company earned over $10 billion from the App Store, and Apple’s developers have earned $15 billion from the App Store. In the release, Apple attributed their success to the ”stunning apps that took advantage of the redesigned user interface” and named some “surprise hits” from the year, including one fitness app — Protogeo’s Moves app, which became a paid app as recently as September of last year.

Protogeo has made a series of proactive steps since Apple launched iOS7 and announced its motion co-processor, called M7. Before Apple’s announcement, Moves was already taking advantage of Apple’s accelerometer to offer users passive tracking, and a few weeks later, in late September, CEO Sampo Karjalainen told MobiHealthNews he was unafraid of potential competition that might come from other companies having access to M7.

“Tracking is first, but then the challenge is to really make sense of that data, and help [users] change their behavior, those are really important,” he said at the time. “And that’s something we are working on with new features on top of that data. But the first step is to make activity tracking work really well. And we have the best technology at the moment.”

Two months later, in November, Protogeo updated its app to make use of Apple’s M7, and at the same time added a price tag to the previously free app. It started out at an introductory rate of $1.99 and then in December the company raised the price to $2.99.

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January 8, 2014

» SEP Agenda : Novartis lance une appli d’aide au suivi de la sclérose en plaques MyPharma Editions | L’Info Industrie & Politique de Santé

Novartis vient de lancer, en collaboration avec l’association Notre sclérose, SEP Agenda, une application mobile gratuite. Son objectif : permettre au patient de mieux appréhender les aspects quotidiens de la pathologie et également de faciliter le dialogue avec les différents spécialistes.
SEP Agenda propose notamment le paramétrage d’alertes automatiques rappelant le jour et l’heure de prise des médicaments prescrits ainsi que le jour de renouvellement de la boîte.

Autres fonctionnalités, la planification des consultations avec le neurologue sur un calendrier (qui se synchronise avec celui du smartphone) et leur préparation afin d’optimiser au mieux les échanges : conseils utiles pour préparer sa consultation, liste des documents à emporter et des questions à poser…

Elle propose enfin de trouver des réponses aux questions les plus fréquemment posées et d’accéder à des conseils pour mieux gérer la maladie au quotidien.

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January 6, 2014

Connected health market will reach $8B in 2018 | mobihealthnews

The wellness products market generated around $3.3 billion in 2013 and will increase to more than $8 billion in 2018 through product sales and software and service revenues, which is a 142 percent growth, according to a new report by Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with Parks Associates.

Device manufacturers sold more than 40 million wellness products in 2013, according to the report, and this figure will rise to more than 70 million by 2018.

“Current healthcare reform is driving demand for innovative products and services that people can manage themselves,” CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. “Consumer electronics companies are paying close attention to the rise of a young, dynamic market for connected health and wellness devices. As a result, these products allow healthcare providers to engage with their patients more effectively and help consumers better self-manage their own care needs.”

In a survey of just under 2,000 mobile phone users, CEA found 29 percent of users with health problems would try a device with easy usability to track their condition and progress towards their goals, and 27 percent of mobile phone users would prefer a personalized plan to help guide them through their journey to better health.

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January 3, 2014

Seven digital fitness companies looking to change your gym habits | mobihealthnews

The gym may never be as crowded as it is in the weeks after people across the nation make New Year’s resolutions to reach their fitness goals. While the plethora of activity trackers might make it easier for athletes to head outdoors for exercise, in some colder areas that might not be an option. This year though, several new digital health startups have launched that aim to offer users an improved in-gym experience.

These startups use a variety of techniques to try to make going to the gym less of a chore. While some, like Gympact use incentives like cash to help users accomplish their goals, others, like exergame Blue Goji use games to excite users about their gym time. One company, Koko FitClub, is simply creating completely digital gyms with personalized workout plans and machines that have digitally driven workout plans to incentivize users to reach goals.

MobiHealthNews has rounded up seven gym-friendly companies that might help users ring in the new year and perhaps keep them coming back.

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December 26, 2013

NanoDoc, un serious game pour aider la recherche contre le cancer | Sante-Digitale.fr

Il y a quelques mois, nous avions parlé du serious game Fold It, un jeu qui invitait le grand public à contribuer à la résolution d’un grand problème scientifique.

Les calculs par ordinateur pour déterminer la structure tridimensionnelle d’une protéine étant impossibles, un jeu avait été créé pour faire travailler les internautes du monde entier sur une protéine liée au VIH. Ce problème bloquant les scientifiques depuis 10 ans avait ainsi été résolu en 3 semaines. Aujourd’hui, le même procédé est utilisé par le MIT, qui a décidé d’utiliser le mécanisme de crowdsourcing dans la recherche contre le cancer. Le but de NanoDoc est de développer des traitements basés sur les nanoparticules.

Ce serious game est anglais mais parfaitement clair, même pour les non-initiés à la médecine. Simple, bien fait et très didactique, il est donc accessible à tous et atteint parfaitement son objectif en tant que jeu. Vous savez désormais comment venir en aide à la recherche scientifique !

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December 17, 2013

2013: A Remarkable Year for mHealth Apps

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From record venture capital funding, to unprecedented scientific research behind their creation, mHealth applications finally turned the corner in 2013 as they emphatically entered the mainstream for mobile device users around the world.

According to the recently published findings of Manhattan Research‘sCybercitizen Health U.S. 2013 Study, 95 million Americans now count on their mobile devices to access health information and services. In fact, the number of Americans using mHealth resources is up 27 percent from just one year ago.

In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to begin regulating a small segment of the expanding universe of mobile health applications that, in light of their growing scientific grounding, are making bigger and bolder claims about what they can achieve for our general health and wellness.

Unlike the large assortment of ineffective gimmick apps and simple activity trackers that first arrived in the world’s leading app stores in the early days of their existence, today’s most popular mHealth apps are also the most critically acclaimed and clinically supported by physicians and health experts.

As 2013 rapidly winds to a close, a compelling case can now be made that this year brought with it the most impressive and consequential mHealth apps we’ve seen to date.

“mHealth apps have come a long way from their humble and ‘too cute to be taken seriously’ beginnings,” says Mario Westbury, a Boston-based business analyst and nationally published tech news columnist.

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December 17, 2013

[Health 2.0] Medical Apps: Promising Business Environment but Investors Require Caution | L’Atelier: Disruptive innovation

The emergence of the digital tools sector in the medical industry has generated large amounts of
investment, but this enthusiasm should be measured against the background of actual market trends.

There are now close to 97,000 medical apps on the market, not including the many platforms and connected objects which either already exist or are due to be launched soon. All this means that since 2006 some $7 million has been invested in the digital health sector – an impressive figure which covers a wide range of startup companies and products.  Nevertheless, this investment figure is not at all reflected in the actual penetration of these devices into medical institutions, which remains extremely low. So how can investors be sure of a return on their investment in the sector today? This was the question addressed by a number of sector experts and investors at a lunchtime workshop held during the Health 2.0 event which took place in London in mid-November.

A unique opportunity…

During the workshop, on the theme of ‘Investing in Digital Health – Why and How?’, Vishal Gulati, Managing Director of Radiant Capital, an independent private equity advisor to dedicated international cross-border funds, underlined: “Digitisation of healthcare is evolving very fast, but as for knowing whether the impact will have expected results, the dynamic is of epic proportions, but it’s the timing we can’t be sure about.” Janke Dittmer, a Partner at Dutch company Glide Healthcare Partners, provided more detail: “We find ourselves in a particularly promising situation due to four major factors. On the one hand the reform of healthcare services in the United States is forcing profound changes in the business models. In addition, our aging population means a rise in costs linked to chronic illness. On top of these changes in the structure of the sector come the added advantages arising from the current economic climate: “[…] the digital revolution is today acknowledged by everyone and moreover we’re right in the golden age of entrepreneurship,” he told the audience. Of course it is not only the US that has felt the need to make fundamental reforms in the way their medical institutions work; European countries also recognise the need, faced with the rising costs of social security, France being a prime example.

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December 15, 2013

Mobile health tools could help life sciences industry pare down clinical trial costs

Mobile health tools for clinical trials are producing solutions for the life sciences industry that could help reduce the cost of drug development.

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December 15, 2013

53% des Français pensent que les outils technologiques peuvent les aider à mieux gérer leur santé

Selon un sondage commandé par Withings (Etude Opionway réalisée entre le 21 et le 22 novembre 2013 auprès d’un échantillon de 1002 personnes représentatif de la population française âgé de 18 ans et plus), plus de la moitié des hommes et des femmes (53 %) estiment que les outils technologiques comme les applications santé sur Smartphone, les balances intelligentes ou les podomètres intelligents les aident à plus facilement gérer leur santé.

Les 18/24 ans sont même 72% à estimer qu’un podomètre intelligent est un précieux allié pour la bonne forme et 70% à valider les bienfaits d’une balance intelligente. Les séniors ne sont pas en reste puisque 61% des 50-59 ans estiment que le podomètre intelligent peut les aider à mieux gérer leur santé. Ce chiffre révèle leur prise de conscience de leur santé à une étape clef de leur vie où ils sont suffisamment en forme pour sentir qu’ils peuvent encore avoir la maîtrise de leur corps mais suffisamment « âgés » pour ne plus se dédier entièrement à leurs enfants et avoir plus de temps pour eux.

D’autres résultats de cette étude montrent que les Français pensent que des outils dédiés (balances intelligentes, podomètres connectés) sont plus performants pour améliorer leur bien-être que les simples applications sur Smartphone. 54% des Français pensent qu’un podomètre intelligent va les aider face aux 42% qui font confiance à une simple application santé sur mobile.

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