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Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

April 18, 2017 - Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced a partnership with Garmin, combining the latter’s vivofit series activity trackers with the Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) RPM platform...


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Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

by Eric Wicklund

Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced...

mHealth Wearables Market to Surge Over Next 4 Years

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that fit into healthcare providers’ remote patient monitoring goals are expected to lead to a massive surge in the wearables market. According to ABI Research, wearables that can gather and send medical grade data from...

mHealth Study Uses Sensors, Analytics to Detect Sickness Before it Happens

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that continuously monitor vital signs may soon be able to detect sickness before the user even becomes sick. That’s the gist of a study of fitness monitors and other wearables conducted by the Stanford University School...

mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. The hospital, part of the Partners...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

by Eric Wicklund

Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

Cleveland Clinic: mHealth Wearables Aren’t Reliable for Heart Rate

by Eric Wicklund

A Cleveland Clinic study of activity trackers has once again reinforced healthcare’s concern about wearables: They aren’t yet accurate enough for clinical use. A study of four of the most popular fitness trackers found that they are...

Fitbit’s mHealth Quest: Making Doctors Care About Health and Wellness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have balked at embracing wearables because they aren’t sure how to integrate the data into the clinical record. Fitbit executives say the time has come to start embracing. The developers of the most widely-adopted fitness...

New Wearables Study Misses the Point on mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

In real estate, timing and location matter. The same can be said for mHealth. A study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted at the University of Pittsburgh reportedly concluded that wearable monitors...

Can Apple Make Healthcare Care About Smartwatches?

by Eric Wicklund

Apple is trying once again to make the smartwatch a meaningful health and fitness tool. Almost lost in a splashy, two-hour event that focused more on the iPhone 7 and a couple of gaming announcements, the company unveiled a second generation...

mHealth Bridges the Gap from the ICU to the IoT

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of a medical-grade heart monitor is teaming up with AT&T to ease the transition from the hospital to the home. biotricity, the Silicon Valley-based developer of the bioflux mobile cardiac telemetry solution, is eyeing the Internet...

Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans?

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals is turning to consumer-facing wearables to help patients with their care management. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is giving its multiple myeloma patients activity trackers...

Using Wearables to Empower the Patient

by Eric Wicklund

As healthcare waits and wonders if the FitBits and Apple Watches of the world will become relevant to clinicians, some mHealth companies are looking to become relevant to consumers. AliveCor, a San Francisco-based developer of mobile ECG technology...

mHealth Engagement Issues Still Stand Between Wearables and Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new report finds that healthcare providers are going to have to solve the patient engagement paradox before the wearables market opens up to them. A PwC survey of some 1,000 consumers this past March shows solid support for wearables, with...

Giving Wearables a Place in the Patient Record

by Eric Wicklund

Carolinas HealthCare is meeting the wearables craze head-on with an app platform designed to bring health and wellness data into the care team conversation. The Charlotte, N.C.-based health system has launched two apps that enable consumers to...

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