Top 8 Mobile Health News Resources

Alex Bettencourt - June 27, 2011

The mobile health industry is expanding rapidly every day thanks to smart phone adoption.  According to a Neilson research report, approximately 25% of current U.S. cell phones are smart phones.  This rate will exceed 50% by the end of 2011!  Imagine the tsunami of participation and interest in mobile health by 2012.

It can be slightly overwhelming to ride along the waves of  mobile health technology because there are numerous advances to keep track of every day. If you’re wondering where to turn  for the latest mobile health news, don’t worry any longer. We have compiled a list of our top 10 resources for mobile health news. See our favorite resources below and discover the latest mHealth news and what it means for you.

1. MobiHealth News

MobiHealthNews chronicles the healthcare sector’s adoption of mobile technology. It offers a combination of breaking news, exclusive interviews, live event coverage and industry commentary to its growing readership of hospital administrators, healthcare service providers, physicians, nurses and key industry players transforming healthcare today.

2. Mobilehealthwatch

MobileHealthWatch.com is dedicated to point of care and mobile health news and resources. Also brought to you by the editors of Healthcare IT News. Mobile Health Watch enables readers to track the latest trends and developments in the mobile health space.

3. Mobile PRM

Mobile PRM blog delivers fresh mHealth news daily and it’s brought to you by the experts in transforming patient relationship management through mobile communications. Here you can always find out about the latest trends and research affecting patients, caregivers and the healthcare ecosystem.

4. iHealthBeat

iHealthBeat is also one of our favorite mobile health resources because it offers readers a more collective coverage of mobile health technology. It’s a free, daily news digest reporting on technology’s impact on health care. iHealthBeat is part of the California HealthCare Foundation’s commitment to important issues affecting health care policy, delivery and financing.

5. Fierce Mobile Health Care

Fierce Mobile Health Care offers groundbreaking mobile content news on the latest in mobile marketing, mobile entertainment, mobile advertising, mobile web, and more. Find the latest IT wireless news on wireless technology advancements, new mobile devices, wireless security updates, and other mobile IT developments.

6. mHealth Insight - A 3GDoctor Blog

3GDoctor is an independent weblog written, edited and published by a group of MDs and biomed engineers. The intended audience is medical professionals looking for the latest updates in the world of medical technology, but it still a great site to read if you’re a patient because it’s a sneak peak into a physician’s perspective. Originally 3G Doctor offered UK and Irish public Mobile Video Consultations with informed registered doctors, but now it’s a leading resource for mobile health news.

7. The Health 2.o News

Previously moved from Health 2.0 blog, Health2News provides up-to-the-minute reports on new advances in medical technology and its impact on patient lifestyle and health care systems. Health2News always features exclusive interviews with key industry leaders. You can find a plethora of discussions on the convergence between patients and the health care organizations.

8. MedGadget.com

This online journal of emerging technologies is edited and published by a group of medical doctors and biomedical engineers. Although this is written for medical professionals, anyone interested in the latest medical technology news is encouraged to read their news too.

9. mHealth Update

If you’re interested in skimming recent mobile health headlines, mHealth Update is a great resource. Their succinct mHealth updates from around the world will give you a thorough understanding on the global impact of mobile health technology.

10. Health Care IT News - Mobile

Healthcare IT News is the industry’s only newspaper, reaching more than 54,000 subscribers. We love their mobile health section because they always provide the most thorough evaluation of mobile health solutions on the market today.

If you’re interested in more thorough resources of mobile health news, we strongly recommend reading the following 7 research reports on mobile health technology.

1. Mobile Health 2010  - Pew Research

One of our favorite analysts, Susannah Fox, really shines as the Associate Director of Digital Strategy for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In partnership with the California Health Care foundation, Fox provides a lot of clarity on the position of mobile health in the United States. This is also one of the few reports providing plenty of statistics on the adoption rates of mobile health apps in the U.S.  If you’re looking for a thorough and surprising investigation on the demographics of mobile health app usage too, this is the report to read.

2. Wireless Health: State of the Industry 2009 Year End – MobiHealth News

Although this report is from 2009, it still proves to be one of the most detailed reports. Every quarter, MobiHealth News publishes a report on the mHealth industry, but any reader can access this one for free. It holds almost the entire wireless health market metrics publicly released in 2009. Wireless Health: State of the Industry 2009 proves to be one of the most in-depth reports on the industry because it features quarter-by-quarter deals charts. This report also can be interpreted like an industry timeline that chronicles much of the high-level action in the mobile health space of 2009.

3. Amplifying the Impact: Examining the Intersection of Mobile Health and Mobile Finance

A discussion guide for collaborative insight presented by the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the mHealth Alliance. The global progress of mobile health is generally neglected when discussing mHealth technology because we hastily assume the advancement of mHealth technology is only in the U.S.  However, this report guarantees to expand your understanding of the opportunities mobile health brings around the world. It provides an ample amount of insights and statistics from global health leaders and global mHealth statistics.

4. The Connected Patient: Charting the Vital Signs of Remote Health Monitoring - by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, M.A., M.H.S.A., published by the California Health Care Foundation

In this February 2011 report Jane Sarasohn-Kahn again shows off her famous journalistic skills with an exclusive collection of interviews with the American Telemedicine Association’s Jonathan Linkous, Intel Fellow Eric Dishman, MedApps’ Kent Dicks and many more.  Readers interested in remote patient monitoring will this succinct report very satisfying.

5. mHealth Report 2011  - Mobile Storm

MobileStorm provides a comprehensive analysis of the mobile healthcare technology trends and innovations in 2011. Topics include mobile health monitoring, telemedicine, mobile medical equipment, RFID, health & fitness applications, secure mobile messaging, electronic medical records (EMRs), social health communities, smart-phone applications, personal health records (PHRs) and much more.

6. Kaiser Pemanente eHealth Snapshot of Mobile Technology: Smart Tools to Increase Participation in Health Coverage

This recent March 2011 Kaiser Permanente report was conducted with the Children’s Partnership. It evaluates the different mobile health tools and strategies most popular, including text messages and smart phone apps, which can be used to advance coverage goals.  This report especially concentrates on pragmatic solutions mobile health brings for health care coverage in underserved communities because they have less access broadband Internet at home. This report also highlights the opportunity of applying for and renewing health care coverage via mobile health technology. So, for those who don’t have the privilege of submitting forms, paying premiums, and more online, can do so through mobile health. Kaiser and the Children’s Partnership provide a premium examination on the progress and challenges mobile health potential. Not only do they address how to maximizing the potential of mobile health technology, this report addresses and suggests key changes in the U.S. health care policy.

7. Institute for the Future’s Booting Up Mobile Health: From Medical Mainframe to Distributed Intelligence

Instead of concentrating on mobile health through cell phone use, this May 2009 IFTF report includes a wider perspective on mobile health technology. It sheds light on all the technological advances in mobile health technology and how it has transformed our lifestyle from general health care treatment to patient wellbeing.

8. mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World, published by the United Nations Foundation

This is another report that does not neglect the global impact of mobile health technology. According to U.N. F. this report evaluates issues at the heart mHealth technology and rapid connection between mobile phones and healthcare. U.N.F. notes, “It helps the reader to understand mHealth’s scope and implementation across developing regions, the health needs to which mHealth can be applied, and the mHealth applications that promise the greatest impact on heath care initiatives.”

The mobile health tsunami is growing and it’s going to wipe the previous way we have managed our health care. There will be a strong disparity in the way mobile health technology is used today compared to five or ten years from now. It’s important to stay informed in order to request the best type of care you can from your health care provider. And it’s important to be informed in order to have access to the consumer-friendly mobile health tools available at your fingertips. We hope this list of mobile health news resources and reports not only keeps you up-to-date, but it empowers you too!

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