Weekly Recap 12/28/12

Telehealth Market Expected to Grow by 55 Percent in 2013

New market analysis published by IMS Research predicts 55 percent growth for the telehealth industry during 2013. Growth is expected to be spurred by hospitals looking to reduce readmission rates, as well as by population health initiatives being undertaken by newly forming ACOs.

12-28-2012 12-16-28 AM

The New York Times publishes a review of wearable fitness trackers, providing first impressions of the market’s most popular devices. Trackers that were tested included: FitBit One ($99.95), Jawbone’s Up($129), the BodyMedia FIT($149), Nike’s FuelBand ($149), and, to keep things honest, a generic $30 Omron pedometer. FitBit came in first. The generic pedometer came in second because, for one-fifth the cost, it delivered enough information about daily activity to support dieting efforts, was as comfortable as any other device, and included PC-supported software for data analysis. It did not deliver the user interface or bells and whistles, but the pedometer got the job done just a fraction of the cost.


A Boston-area company, Neumitra, has created a wrist-worn device called a bandu that can detect elevated perspiration and temperature associated with stress. It then processes that data over time to learn what triggers anxiety in an individual and can warn of an impending anxiety attack, then offering suggestions such as taking medication or calling a loved one.

12-27-2012 10-29-17 PM

As Google Health prepares to terminate access to patient health records on January 1, freeware EMR vendor drchrono releases a PHR alternative that will accept data transfers from still-active Google Health accounts.

12-27-2012 10-35-15 PM

An analysis of Christmas tweets of the phrase “First tweet from _____”  and then either iPad, Kindle, Nexus or Surface completing the tweet, suggest that iPads are referenced at a rate of fifty to one, leading many to speculate that iPad has once again dominated holiday tablet sales.

12-27-2012 11-00-35 PM

In a hopeful end-of-year piece, USA Today analyzes mHealth app adoption for the past several years and, noting its lackluster past,  goes on to predict big things for 2013, including: a 25 percent increase in integrated digital health and fitness devices, further clarity on FDA oversight of medical apps, and broader population health efforts from insurance companies.


I am not much for New Year’s resolutions. There aren’t many goals I’ve set while half in the bag on New Year’s Eve  that I had any interest in following through with the next day. This year though, I’ve been feeling ready to take on something new and I think it may be time to jump on the bandwagon. There’s a great review by Mobilewalla of the most popular New Year’s resolution-related apps this year. The first few are apps for weight loss, debt management, smoking cessation apps. Then the less common and more appealing options: Basic Woodworking – the app (Ron Swanson would be so proud) and Sky Map for would-be astronomers.

This year, my New Year’s resolution is probably going to be HIStalk Connect. My goals are: 1) earn your readership every day; 2)  persuade you to subscribe to update alerts; 3) encourage you to participate in HIStalk Connect by e-mailing us stories you find interesting or by commenting on articles. If you are tackling your own resolutions this year, I wish you the best of luck. Regardless, I hope you all have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve celebration, a quiet New Year’s day, and an uneventful first day back in the office come Wednesday. – Lt. Dan

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