Apple's new Watch Series 4 is likely to give smartwatch sales a boost this year and help the category dominate wearables in the next four years.Analyst IDC is predicting that wearable sales in 2018 will grow by just 6.2 percent to 122.6 million body gadgets compared to 2017 sales of 115 million units. But smartwatches will buck that trend, with IDC expecting smartwatch shipments to grow 39 percent on 2017 shipments of 33 million units to 46.2 million in 2018. Apple Watch accounts for just under half of all smartwatch shipments. And by 2022, the analyst expects smartwatch sales to have increased two-fold to 94.3 million units by which time Apple's market share will have fallen to 36 percent, despite Watch shipments rising to 34 million. SEE: How we learned to talk to computers, and how they learned to answer back (cover story PDF) Gadgets that don't support third-party applications are the weak spot on the overall wearables market, according to IDC. It's forecasting no growth in … [Read more...] about Smartwatch sales will double in next four years
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Apple's September event has come and gone, leaving us with the Apple Watch Series 4, which has enhanced capabilities over its predecessors, that include Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) detection and built-in ECG (electrocardiogram) support. These capabilities are not to be scoffed at -- the FDA has given its approval of the Apple Watch being classified as a true medical device. The benefits to patients have already been proven.I would know, as the foundational heart arrhythmia detection technology now built into Apple Watch Series 4 saved my life.Watch Series 4's software-based arrhythmia detection was piloted using Apple Heart Study a partnership between the Cupertino consumer electronics giant and Stanford Medicine.The study, which ran for one year, and closed to new participants in early August of 2018, combines the heartbeat sensor initially introduced on Series 1, along with data collection and telemedicine software used on the iPhone.The data was forwarded to Apple's cloud data … [Read more...] about Apple Watch Series 4: What’s next for telemedicine and health clouds?
I’ve been thinking about how to make healthcare more convenient since I myself became a patient in 2010. Diagnosed with an illness I’d need to manage forever, the idea of coming back to a doctor’s office regularly just to check in sounded crazy. I couldn’t call or text for routine check-ins, even though it was essentially the same thing. I had to physically go to the office. Two years ago, I founded a company specifically to help contact lens wearers avoid repeat check-ins. Our service, like nearly all online health consultations, is not reimbursable under most insurance plans. This lack of insurance coverage for virtual services has effectively blocked many doctors from offering them. But finally, that could be changing. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined potentially historic changes to the way it allows doctors and patients to interact. The new rules, published in a 1,400+ page document, indicate a refreshing change … [Read more...] about New government rules could accelerate telemedicine
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 2018--HealthSplash, a healthcare startup determined to change interoperability within healthcare, announced today that it expects to release the first version of its consumer-facing app prior to the end of the second quarter this year.This app can bring healthcare into the patients' hands and can eliminate the need to leave home in search of healthcare that can be delivered via telehealth solutions.Telehealth connectivity between a patient and his or her primary care physician is not “revolutionary” in a stand-alone setting. Dozens of healthcare startups can boast the same function. For HealthSplash, however, this is only a first implementation of their larger array of SplashCare offerings to patients and providers.“We are disrupting healthcare by changing the way we currently think about healthcare,” CEO Brett Blackman said. “We only go to the doctor after something happens. Healthcare won’t change until … [Read more...] about HealthSplash Announces New App for Patient Controlled Healthcare and Initial Go-to-Market Launch
2018 so far has saw some major moves in the Russian esports realm, which has emerged as a sizable European market with established players operating globally. Last week, Mail.Ru Group — an LSE-listed Internet company which controls the largest Russian-language social networks and a range of online gaming companies — announced the acquisition of ESforce. This company, which generates around 60% of its revenues in euros and US dollars, owns two world-class clubs: SK and Virtus Pro. It also controls 14 websites; 209 social media groups and video production studios; the event organizer Epic eSports Events; CyberBase, the largest eSports global database; as well as trading and analytics platforms. ESforce is also behind Yota Arena, a huge eSports tournament venue in Moscow, and Fragstore, a merchandising retailer present in 20 countries, according to the company. In 2017, these businesses attracted 116 million users with 440 million sessions and over … [Read more...] about Russia’s esports market is heating up