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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of December 9, 2012

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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The latest research indicates the global mHealth market was worth $1.2 billion in 2011, but will jump in value to reach $11.8 billion by 2018, climbing at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate of 39 percent. Read Original Content

Kessler Foundation, of West Orange, New Jersey, and Happtique, a digital platform for curating, certifying, and prescribing mobile health apps, are slated to lead a new working group focused on apps intended for use in health, medicine, and wellness, announced a recent news release. Read Original Content

A slew of new devices leveraging improved connectivity to mobile handsets have fueled strong growth for wearable wireless mHealth devices in 2012. By the end of the year, nearly 30 million devices will have shipped, up 37 percent on 2011 shipments. Read Original Content

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Slightly more than half of adults with cell phones have smartphones, and a new report from Pew Internet indicates the mobile health market has increased: one in three cell phone users have used their phone to look for health information. Read Original Content

AT&T has launched a cloud patient-monitoring service that will help doctors manage patients' chronic diseases through live video chat. Read Original Content

With telehealth and at-home care for the aging emerging as new care delivery models, mass adoption of mobile devices and advancing mobile technology, the demand for mobile health apps will continue to grow, according to Malgorzata Filar from Forst and Sullivan. Read Original Content
Mobile health’s impact on the pharmaceutical industry has been steadily increasing in recent years. Since 2008, the search volume percentage of “mobile health” new mentions on Google has increased from approximately 40 percent to more than 80 percent in 2012. Read Original Content

More than half of smartphone owners use their devices to get health info and one-fifth of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone, according to the 2012 mobile health survey released November 8 by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Read Original Content

A new survey reveals key findings concerning the use of tablets, eReaders, and smartphones among nursing professors. One of the survey’s key findings was that among this group, 71 percent owned a smartphone, 47 percent owned a tablet computer, and 39 percent owned an eBook reader. Read Original Content

The United States will look to Africa to gain knowledge about advances in mobile health technologies because Tanzania, among other countries, already has maternal child health and community health worker programs that rely on smart phones. Read Original Content

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