mHealth: Here’s What You Need to Know

mHealth Here's What You Need to KnowHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this week.

The doctor is in. Only now that means 24/7/365 — on mobile. A recent Millennial Media study on consumer habits indicates that people seeking health information now split their time evenly between the PC and mobile devices.

Global market revenue for sports, fitness and activity monitors will rise by 46 percent from 2013 through 2019, according to the latest projections from IHS Technology. This growth represents a revenue expansion of nearly $1 billion, an anticipated development driven by “health-conscious consumers” in a rush to buy devices ranging from heart-rate monitors to running computers.

Surescripts, the largest health information network in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it routed more than one billion electronic prescriptions in 2013, representing a majority (58 percent) of all eligible prescriptions in the nation, sent by 73 percent of all office-based physicians.

In what comes as yet another compelling example of the ability of text messages to empower patients and those looking to take charge of their health and wellness, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania is now offering two new text-messaging services.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made groundbreaking progress on a new mHealth app designed to help individuals struggling with bipolar disorder better monitor and track their mood swings.

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