A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 52 percent of smartphone users in the US have looked up health or medical information on their handsets, compared to just six percent of non-smartphone users.
A number of reports have highlighted how medical apps have come to the fore as the emergency services in the US have responded to Hurricane Sandy. The Red Cross hurricane app emerged as one of the most popular downloads during the severe weather.
A forthcoming webinar from the GSMA will highlight how mobile health can contribute to maternal and child health in the developing world where the risk of a maternal death is 1 in 31 compared to 1 in 4,300 in the developed world.
A forthcoming survey by Pew Internet will say that one fifth of those American adults who track their own health indicators such as blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches or sleep patterns use some piece of technology such as a mobile app, a device, a spreadsheet or a webisite.
A new report from Juniper Research has predicted a value of more than US$1.5 billion on the wearable device market in 2014, up from US$800 million in 2012.
UK M2M vendor Neul has announced a new special interest group that it hopes will accelerate the adoption of Weightless, its proposed global standard for machine-to-machine communications over short to mid-range communications. Healthcare is one of the key markets considered for such services.