What's the Haps with mHealth Apps?
Wearable, portable consumer versions of biometrics are surprisingly far along. Here is a solid, but not conclusive survey of the existing, operational mobile health services.
- The Fitbit Aria keeps tabs on weight and body mass index. The company reports that its users take 43 percent more steps.
- Track physical activity with Jawbone’s UP.
- Track with a Scale, Blood Pressure Monitor and Activity Tracker from Withings.
- Omegawave is a clinical-grade ECG monitor that tells you how strenuous of a workout he should undertake on any given day
- The FDA approved iBGStar, a $100 (or less) blood glucose meter that attaches to iPhones or iPods for diabetes monitoring.
- LifeScan's VerioSync glucometer is also FDA approved. The device seamlessly sends blood sugar levels to an iPhone via Bluetooth (fewer steps mean fewer mistakes and less anxiety).
- Ford Motor Co. introduced technology that allows drivers to gain information on conditions in the driver's area that may lead to allergy symptoms, such as sore throat or nasal congestion.
- Scientists made a microscope capable of diagnosing malaria and tuberculosis from a mobile phone fitted with an inexpensive eyepiece and lenses in 2009.A new version made from an iPhone 4 with an $8 lens attached with double-sided tape has just been tested in Tanzania and was pretty good, at diagnosing hookworm.
- Ginger.io is a new company that offers apps to help people track and manage their diabetes among a supportive community of other diabetics.
- Companies like eMedOnline offer wireless pillboxes that transmit information about patients’ medication.
- The New York Times writes of apartments with wireless motion sensors installed to track elderly mobility and, by extension, health status in real time.
- Intel and General Electric recently started a joint venture, Intel-GE Care Innovations, to develop technologies that help older adults stay independent. They are already marketing the Intel Health Guide, a home monitoring system that helps doctors remotely manage patients’ care. Source: Ken Dychtwald, the CEO. of AgeWave.
- The European Union committed more than one billion Euros to study technology and aging.
- Philips Respironics offers SleepMapper, a sleep App.
- Tactio Health Group offers mobile blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes and activity tracker systems.
- iHealth Labs offers a blood pressure dock, wireless pulse glucometer, wireless pulse oximeter, digital scale, activity tracker
- Services like WellnessFX now allow consumers to evaluate all manner of data points about themselves, from nutrient levels to cholesterol and testosterone.
- And Google Glass has the potential to fundamentally change the way we track and gamify health.
- Recently, Box.com Box made a strategic investment in Dr.Chrono, a tablet-friendly electronic medical record (EMR) provider, and is working closely with the team. This is just one of many partnerships the company expects to strike with health care IT vendors. Other current partners include Medigram, TigerText, Doximity, and HealthTap.
Even the fashion world is taking notice. In regard to the Jawbone/BodyMedia acquisition Vikram Alexi Kansara of The Business of Fashion, (which is an authoritative online industry publication) writes: “As the technology industry sets its sights on wearable computing, it’s time for fashion and luxury brands to take the space seriously, or risk losing highly lucrative real estate on the emerging battleground of the human body.”
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