NIH Announces New Discipline: mHealth [video]

NIH mHealth video

Who says that there’s nothing new under the sun? The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced a new discipline in health research: Mobile Health, or mHealth for short. In a new video, the NIH points out the benefits and challenges of the new advances in mobile Health Tech devices and systems. Rather than treating biometric and other data produced by these devices as isolated measures, we can now create systems that view this information in context. The example used in the video is of an individual who is experiencing an elevated heart rate. If there is also data available that indicates that the person is in motion — running, biking, or perhaps in a speeding race car — then the faster heartbeats are to be expected. But if the person is being still and not performing some physically-demanding action, then the higher rate could be cause for concern.

According to the NIH, the point of mHealth is to use an evidence-based approach to evaluate the devices and systems used to gather, communicate, process, analyze, and share the information about individual and group data. The results could be beneficial in identifying and treating chronic conditions and medical disorders, but applying stringent criteria to studying these systems is essential. NIH envisions that such research could produce better treatment outcomes for individuals, and even help provide more equal access to healthcare.

New Fitness Band is Free! [video]

GOQii

There’s a new fitness band on the market from GOQii. It looks like many other fitness bands, with one important difference; it’s free. You get one at no charge when you sign up for the health and fitness services that help you make the most of the device. The product and service is currently only […]

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Report Finds Consumers Want Wearable Health Tech [video]

PwC Wearable Report

  A new consumer survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) asked about attitudes and expectations for wearable technology. One interesting finding was that 80% of those surveyed are interested in wearables if they can help deliver “healthy living and medical care access.” This seems to agree with the growing number of reports that indicate consumers want to […]

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New Company Launches Fabric Sensor Systems

Bebop sensors

BeBop Sensors is a new company that could play a role in a variety of wearable Health Tech devices and applications. A spin-off from a business that already has made more than a million sensors for musical applications, the company has launched its BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor. This technology provides real-time reporting of a variety […]

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Money Flooding into Health Tech Ventures

Money concept showing a wave of US dollar bills. Shallow depth o

The management consulting firm Oliver Wyman recently published  a report on “The Patient-to-Consumer Revolution: How High Tech, Transparent Marketplaces and Consumer Power Are Transforming U.S. Healthcare.” According to the company, Health Tech ventures have received more than $2 billion in new funding from venture capitalists during the first half of 2014 alone. The analysts foresee […]

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Sounds Like Power Transfer

Ultrasound power

One problem with embedded sensors for health and medical applications is getting power to the devices. Physical wires brought to the skin can be difficult to embed and pose a risk as an entry point for infection. Wireless power transfer is one possibility, but some methods such as radio frequency (RF) transmissions could pose a […]

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Flexible Battery Could Be Game Changer

Prologium FCB

Better battery technology continues to be the linchpin for the creation of new mobile and wearable devices. Designers are looking for battery technologies that are thinner, lighter, and pack more power storage capacity into the space and weight required by the battery. Oh, and flexibility and durability would be nice to have, too. It appears […]

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Got a Great Health Tech Idea?

New ideas

It’s not enough to have a better mousetrap. It takes a lot of work to launch a new product of any sort, but especially when it’s a technology product, and if it involves health or medicine, well, the challenges can be enormous. That’s why Dr. Charles Platkin founded The Health Lab, a new high-tech incubator […]

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Unlocking the Secrets of Sweat

Sweat sensor

An article in IEEE Spectrum describes work by researchers at the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories. They started with the fact that signs of over-exertion and dehydration can be detected in a person’s sweat before the problem manifests itself in more severe symptoms, such as cramping muscles. This is important for […]

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Another Multi-Function Monitor on the Way

Rejiva

Measuring steps and heart rate is so “last year.” With the significant portion of projected wearable Health Tech revenues forecast to come from health and medical applications, new devices must collect much more information — and with clinical grade accuracy — in order to properly guide the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and chronic […]

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