Now trending: A new government health app competition

by: Perry W. Payne, Jr., MD/JD/MPP The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced a new challenge called: “Now Trending: #Health in My Community, Following Disease Trends 140 characters at a time.” The “Now Trending” Challenge was created by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in response […]

Gait analysis accuracy: Android app comparable to standard accelerometer methodology

mHealth Research Digest with Tim Bredrup Smartphones are becoming more ubiquitous and many have a built in tri-axial accelerometer, a sensor that measures change in speed in multiple directions. These smartphone accelerometers can be used to assess gait patterns, or walking patterns, an important evaluation in many neurologic or musculoskeletal disorders. However, the reliability and […]

Recent report on tele-health suggests it may soon become part of day-to-day practice

A recent report by BCC Research outlines some interesting trends in the telemedicine and telehealth market. Telehealth, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. While still an emerging market, with the advent of reliable and cheap video conferencing technologies the global telemedicine market grew from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011 and will almost triple to $27.3 billion in 2016.