Weekly MaxWellness - 3/14

The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.

What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek.

Is a passive calorie tracker closer than we think?

  • Here’s Healbe’s description of GoBe from its crowdfunding campaign: ”GoBe doesn’t require you to keep a food diary, scan bar codes, or take photos of your meals. It automatically calculates calories consumed by measuring the amount of glucose in your cells, through your skin.

The sleep device market is still a growing part of wearables

  • Since Zeo shut down, there’s been an open question of whether the consumer market is ready for sleep tracking — whether it could ever scale to mass market acceptance. But Joshi, from Frost, thinks that as the market for prescribed, clinical sleep testing grows, the market for consumer sleep tracking will rise with the tide.

Twitter being integrated into HIV tracking and research

  • In the study, the research team tracked approximately 9,800 tweets that were drug and sex related and found a connection between those topics and HIV outbreaks. What this means is that state and local health departments may be able to utilize this data to monitor, detect, and respond to both disease outbreaks and HIV outbreaks.

7 Trends from the recent HIMSS

  • With HIMSS 14 in the rear-view mirror, it's time to take a look back at some of the more notable mHealth trends.

The question was asked @SXSW: Is the health bubble about to burst?

  • So then – do we anticipate a bubble? asked Marc Monseau of the Mint Collective, the convener of our panel who brought together Robert Stern, a successful health-tech entrepreneur whose latest venture, @PointofCare, focuses on patient engagement; Marco Smit of Next Innovation Health Partners (parting from the Health 2.0 Conference family where he led Health 2.0 Advisors for several years); and me.

15 apps Apple calls "essential" for health and fitness

  • The Apple App Store launched a new collection of apps called Healthy Living Essentials this year. The list is made up of three different sections — training, eating and progress — with five apps in each section.