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An October 2012 report from research firm KLAS found more healthcare providers use Apple than any other device, which is fueled by "user preference as physicians bring their own devices into organizations to help them provide patient care." Read Original Content

The market for mobile health sensors will grow at an eye-popping 69 percent compounded annual growth rate over the next five years to $5.6 billion by 2017. In 2012 the market was worth $407 million. That's according to mobile research firm Research2Guidance, which recently issued a new five-year report on the global mHealth market. Read Original Content

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will pilot test the efficacy of using basic text messages via mobile phones and Web-based messages via smartphones in public health surveillance for programs such as smoking cessation, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. Read Original Content

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Although disposable body-worn wireless medical sensors have barely begun to see usage in healthcare, research firm ABI is predicting they will rise to prominence very quickly. By 2018 ABI analysts say disposable Medical Body Area Network sensor shipments will hit five million. Read Original Content

A recent report by the Gartner Group states customer relationship management mobile apps will grow 500 percent by 2014. This trend is good news for health clubs looking for more efficient ways of growing revenue through member retention. Read Original Content
A panel of experts at the Hospital Cloud Forum in New York noted progress in developing health and fitness tracking devices, yet the industry requires links to clinical care. Read Original Content

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working on final regulatory guidelines that will have a substantial impact on mobile health applications. It is determining which kinds of devices and functions will be regulated by the federal government. The FDA claims it is striking a “balanced approach” to the issue, saying that fitness, wellness, and medical resource applications will not be regulated. Read Original Content

More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen in Afghanistan have rushed to download a pioneering mobile phone application designed to help them discover whether they are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Read Original Content

Simplee, the healthcare billing engagement company, has taken its online medical wallet platform mobile, by releasing a free app for iOS and a mobile-friendly version of their website for other smartphone operating systems. Read Original Content

Moving to expand its already formidable presence in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, Oracle acquired a stake in Proteus Digital Health, a developer of an emerging category of healthcare technology called digital medicines. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.