Weekly MaxWellness - 3/21

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: State of Mobile Technologies in Healthcare - HIMSS Survey

  • The 3rd Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey examines the use of mobile devices as they relate to the six areas of the mHIMSS Roadmap, a strategic framework for providers to implement mobile and wireless technologies.

Basis, a fast-growing smartwatch maker, acquired by Intel

  • Intel has won the Basis auction, we’re hearing, at a price of around $100 million, according to one source. A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million. Basis makes wristwatch health trackers, capturing 7 percent of the market versus competitor Jawbone’s 21 percent.

Employers spending more on wellness in 2014 - growing focus on food

  • Employers continue to invest in wellness programs aimed at improving employees’ health. In 2014, 3 in 4 employers plan to offer incentives to employees who participate in health improvement programs compared = and the financial value of these incentives has grown to $500, up from $338 in 2010.

See what Google is up to with regards to wearables: Android Wear

  • Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you much more information about yourself and the world around you.

A fresh look at Healthbook, Apple's first major step into health tracking

  • I first wrote about Apple’s plans for Healthbook in January, and multiple sources working directly on the initiative’s development have since provided new details and images of Healthbook that provide a clearer view of Apple’s plans for dramatically transforming the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking space…

More signs employer health exchanges lower costs

  • Another batch of companies that turned to a new concept of giving their workers money to buy health benefits via private online marketplaces known as exchanges are seeing lower health care costs. Employee benefits consultancy Mercer says companies that moved to its marketplace saved “an average of $800 per employee.”