mHealth diabetes apps fail to show improvements in patient quality of life

  • None of the studies showed patient improvements in quality of life, blood pressure, weight, or body mass index. More rigorous and longer-term research studies could determine whether apps help people manage their diabetes and reduce complications.
  • Some apps for diabetes self-management may improve outcomes in the short-term, but the effect cannot be distinguished from the concomitant effect of additional support from a health care provider.

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318,500 mHealth apps now available

KEY TAKEAWAY:   IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science,found a significant increase in the proportion of mobile health apps that focus on health conditions and patient care, as opposed to those for general wellness. Health condition management apps now account for 40% of all health-related apps, up from 27% in 2015 .  The biggest barriers to mHealth adoption are user experience and ensuring that HCP’s accept the data. Continue reading

More proof eMarketer’s forecast is garbage (smartwatches)

According to  new report from IDC regarding the continued expansion of the wearables market, watches (both smart and basic) are on track to take the lead and are expected to grow from 61.5 million in 2017 to 149.5 million in 2021 as more vendors – particularly fashion brands—and cellular connectivity built into smartwatches help to drive growth in this category.  Sorry clients of eMarketer. Continue reading

mHealth may have lots of money, but it still has a long way to go

KEY TAKEAWAY: Studies indicate people with chronic conditions want to use mHealth devices at home for care management, but the devices and apps they’re trying are too complex or confusing. More than 100,000 (health) applications are now available in the leading app stores, and the assortment is constantly growing,” says a BAEK study that was discussed at the congress. But only a fraction of the programs are certified as medical products.Mobile health apps for smartphones and tablet computers are especially popular with young people. And demand is rising. There’s a caveat, though.  Continue reading