mhealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

Walgreens Touts New Center for Health & Wellbeing Research
Recently, Walgreens announced the launch of its Center for Health & Wellbeing Research, a website that features more than 50 Walgreens outcomes studies completed over the past six years. Areas of research include access to care and patient experience, adherence and clinical outcomes, digital health and member engagement, health care costs, HIV and specialty pharmacy, vaccinations and more.

IDC: Growth in Wearables Shows No Signs of Wearing Out
International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – will continue to drive the wearables market forward. Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come.

Verizon Unveils Third Annual State of the Market: IoT Report
Verizon has just unveiled its third annual State of the Market: IoT Report that explores the business value of IoT through original and third party research, and highlights examples of how organizations are using IoT for diverse applications in healthcare such as tracking drug shipments from factory to pharmacy to prevent counterfeit drugs, theft, and product damage, an emailed statement confirms.

Cardiac Insight Touts New $4.5 Million Investment
Cardiac Insight, Inc., a U.S. developer of wearable medical devices and diagnostic software, confirmed to MHW today that the company continues to experience a steady beat of market traction and industry endorsement with a recent infusion of $4.5 million into their new C-1 round of funding, currently capped at $10 million, and the addition of experienced healthcare executives to its board and leadership team.

AMD Global Telemedicine Taps Global Director
AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. — a pioneer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS) — announced Monday that Ron Emerson has joined their leadership team to further develop their expanding portfolio of technology innovations and partnership developments.

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International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – will continue to drive the wearables market forward. Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come.

That’s the key takeaway from the new IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker forecast, which projects that vendors will ship a total of 121.7 million wearable devices this year, marking a 16.6% increase from the 104.4 million units shipped in 2016.

The wearables market is forecast to maintain this pace of growth with shipments reaching 229.5 million units in 2021, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2%.

“We expect the most innovation and development in the wearables market to take place on the wrist,” said Ramon T. Llamas, research manager for IDC’s Wearables team. “It’s the ideal location for users to collect, view, and interact with data and applications, and the point to execute tasks like responding to notifications or communicating with other people and devices. Layer on top of that varieties in style, design, segment, and feature set, and wristworn wearables are poised to remain well out in front of the market.”

To learn more from IDC’s latest report, click here.

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SoloProtect, a lone worker safety solution provider, has partnered with Samsung Electronics America, Inc. to create and deliver a next generation enterprise-grade wearable solution, the SoloProtect Watch.

We’re told that the offering is aimed at improving lone worker safety.

So how does it work?

The solution fully integrates SoloProtect’s innovative application with the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, providing employers a new way to deliver tangible safety benefits to lone workers who often work outside a traditional office, in the field or in remote or hazardous locations, and may be without close or direct supervision.

This innovative solution highlights the increased awareness among employers on the importance of protecting their workforce and the potential business impacts associated with unmitigated workplace risks. SoloProtect is collaborating with Samsung to provide a solution that is highly reliable, discreet and effective. The solution will be available for demonstration at Mobile World Congress Americas, taking place in San Francisco (September 11-14), in Samsung’s booth (North Hall #N642).

“We’re incredibly excited to introduce our collaboration with Samsung at Mobile World Congress Americas and showcase our industry-leading SoloProtect Watch,” said John Broady, Chief Executive Officer at SoloProtect. “We sought out a partner that could help deliver a high-quality wearable to make working alone safer for men and women in the field. Samsung shares our core values and has a proven track record of pairing its cutting-edge devices with the latest enterprise-ready platforms.”

To learn more about SoloProtect and its latest innovations, click here.

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mhealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

New Report Examines Consumer Sentiments on Virtual Reality
With virtual reality becoming a fixture in the healthcare space, many are wondering if consumer interest in VR is keeping pace with the deployment of this technology across many landscapes.

Indica MD Brings a Medical Marijuana Telehealth Platform to California, New York
MHW can now confirm that IndicaMD.com has officially launched to provide patients in California and New York a new source for medical marijuana.

Yorktel Touts Removal of ‘Historic Barriers’ to Telemedicine Adoption
On Tuesday, Yorktel unveiled what it calls Univago Healthcare Edition (Univago HE) — a “transformative addition to its enterprise video services platform, built specifically for healthcare.”

Franciscan Alliance Touts Milestone with Vocera Technology Deployment
On Friday, MHW learned that Vocera Communications, Inc. — a leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions — has a big announcement.

IDC: Basic Trackers Take a Back Seat as Smartwatches Accelerate
Are smartphones seeing a new wave adoption boom of epic proportions? That seems to be the suggestion today from IDC.

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The massive transition to mobile has stretched across virtually all corners of retail with one exception — grocery. Despite the rapid increase in demand for mobile options by shoppers across all sectors, grocery has remained staunchly traditional, with in-store purchasing continuing to be the clear favorite for ease and product selection.

With Amazon’s recently announced plans to acquire Whole Foods, the mcommerce giant is setting itself up to, once again, challenge the status quo by converting one of the last remaining sectors of retail to its ultimate destination: mobile.

Data Points to Promising Growth

Amazon has already seen incredible growth in mobile across nearly all areas of its business. In May 2017, the company saw 80 million monthly active users for iPhone and Android combined in the United States, according to App Annie data. Whole Foods Market is no amateur in mobile either, with its app growing 750% in monthly active users over the last two years. This trajectory demonstrates that grocery shoppers — specifically Whole Foods consumers — are increasingly turning to mobile apps to aid their grocery shopping experience.

The grocery sector has experienced its share of consolidation and increased competition from big box retailers over the past decade, so to some, this acquisition may seem too risky. Yet, if there is one thing Amazon has successfully demonstrated, it’s that there is no other digital behemoth more fit to vertically integrate the entire grocery store experience. The company already has a headstart, with iPhone users of the Whole Foods Market app more than 3x more likely to use Amazon Prime in comparison with the general population in the US.

Going All In

Amazon clearly has been going after grocery in recent years, but this move dramatically accelerates this segment and allows Amazon to have hundreds of stores in prime locations throughout the US. Furthermore, retail and specifically mcommerce, is outpacing all other channels and is expected to grow nearly 6-fold globally from 2016 to 2021. In fact, App Annie estimates 2016 mcommerce spend per user in the US was $613 and it’s projected to grow to $2,012 per user in 2021. Groceries are one of the key segments driving this growth in the later years of the forecast.

This acquisition allows Amazon to capitalize on mcommerce growth through a hybrid retail strategy of mobile ordering and payments. Users can make shopping lists, browse products, research prices, find the best deals, make a purchase and more, all within the app (admittedly most recently, Whole Foods removed some key functions of the app, but given customer feedback, we expect these features to make a comeback).

A Mobile-First Future

Americans spend more than 2 hours and 15 minutes per day in apps, which equates to more than one month out of every year. This is the power of apps — meeting your customers whenever, wherever they need you. Shopping and mcommerce have been key growth factors in apps with time spent in shopping apps nearly doubling over the past two years and smartphone users engaging in these apps nearly twice per day on average.

The move to integrate mobile more predominantly into the grocery market will not happen overnight. However, with the value of the global app economy expected to increase to $6.3 trillion in 2021, mobile is only continuing to pick up speed. From banking to pharmaceuticals, globally, the app market has seen new franchises emerge in almost every sector of mobile. Our mobile-first society is exercising its desire for convenience, value and willingness to accept the new. By bringing its firepower to the grocery industry, Amazon is sending an enormous signal to consumers and brands alike that mobile is here to stay and they are at the forefront of this movement.

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