We bring you this week’s medtech news, from Boston and beyond:
Jana Care announced this week the launch of a mobile diabetes management solution that allows for coaching, monitoring and shareable data. The app will be used by all 20 centers in the Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre chain, the largest chain of diabetes clinics in India. It will provide simple management solutions for over 350,000 patients.
“India is home to 65 million people with diabetes, and about 77 million are at the cusp of acquiring it. This presents a mammoth challenge that will require magnanimous efforts. An important change-agent that will enable us to tackle this problem quickly and cost-effectively is technology,” Padma Shri Dr.V.Mohan, Chairman of the DMDSC, said in a release.
2. Philips Moves Their Research Headquarters to Cambridge
Consumer electronics company Philips has signed a five year research alliance with MIT, pumping $25 million into healthcare tech and connected lighting research projects, and moving the company’s North American research headquarters to Kendall Square in Cambridge beginning September 2015.
“The Boston area is rich with innovative talent that is regularly applying new thinking to solving big societal issues and developing disruptive technologies that can address those issues in new ways; it’s a culture and vision that is very much in line with that of Philips,” Global Health of Philips Research Henk van Houten told us in an interview about the move last week.
3. Preventable Senior Hospitalizations Are Down, Study Says
A new report indicates that preventable hospitalizations for seniors are happening less often. The United Health Foundation says that this data is “encouraging news for senior health nationally.” They’re right – the numbers are generally good: a 6.8 percent reduction in preventable hospitalizations, as well as an increased number of seniors who reported that they got the flu vaccine, and better overall health within the population as a whole.
4. Is Fitbit Losing Its Lead?
According to a report from Argus Insights, Fitbit is losing the fitness tracking lead, with Garmin, Jawbone and Misfit closing in fast. Mobihealth News suggest that perhaps Fitbit, while still the clear market leader for fitness bands, is losing ground because of its lack of a presence in the larger market.
“People get tired of the fitness bands and throw them in the sock drawer,” Argus Insights CEO and founder John Feland told mobihealth. “They stop being useful, people lose their fitness momentum – all similar reasons as to why people quit going to the gym. For Fitbit to continuously grow, they will need to keep users engaged and give them reasons to buy new versions of the products. Right now our data indicate that other more comprehensive devices are taking over for fitness trackers.”
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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