Weekly MaxWellness - 5/16

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. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.

How wearables will transform the health insurance game

  • Article by our very our Veer Gidwaney, CEO and co-founder of Maxwell Health. Though technology has advanced by leaps in recent years, the wearable tech revolution is still only beginning. Nielsen’s Connected Life Report found that about 70 percent of consumers are aware of the wearable technology that is available, but only 15 percent of consumers report using a wearable device in their daily lives.

12 Digital health in-depths from the MobiHealthNews team

  • This year MobiHealthNews started publishing longer form pieces each Friday — both as our dedicated newsletter edition that day and as an “In-Depth” feature on our publication’s site. So far our editorial team has put together a dozen of these reports on a fairly wide variety of topics. In case you missed any, here’s a quick recap of our In-Depths to date:

The Institute for the Future: Information ecosystems for well-being [INFOGRAPHIC]

  • The map is a tool for understanding signals of change in today’s world, identifying technological enablers of data and innovation, and recognizing how these coming changes are grounded in the settings of our everyday lives.

Acceleration is forecast for spending on health

  • And that experience undergirds, in part, a fairly ominous forecast by Mr. Chandra, Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth College and Jonathan Holmes of Harvard that spending on health care, which already consumes nearly 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, will continue to grow 1.2 percentage points faster than the economy over the next 20 years.

The season of Healthcare transparency - chaos, then creation, Part 5

  • The consumer demand side for healthcare transparency is hungry for the light to shine on health care costs, quality and information that’s relevant and meaningful to the individual. he supply side is fast-growing, with websites and portals, government-sponsored projects, commercial-driven start-ups, and numerous mobile apps.

ITIF: States must embrace telehealth, or else

  • The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) issued this call in a 21-page report released this month. The report specifically calls on legislators to pass the Telehealth Modernization Act of 2013 (HR 3750), introduced in December 2013 by U.S. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio). That bill would create a federal definition of telehealth – "to include healthcare delivered by real-time video, secure chat, secure e-mail or telephone" – and provide guidelines by which each state could regulate the technology.

Jawbone taps automatic to better understand how driving affects activity levels

  • Fitness tracker company Jawbone has taken a new step to enhance their tracking data. The company recently partnered with Automatic, a smart driving tool that connects to a car’s computer through a small device, called the Link, and tracks driving stats for abrupt breaking, speeding, and rapid acceleration.

Health data startup SolveBio Raises $2M from prominent investors

  • Even though DNA sequencing technology is becoming increasingly accessible, it is still difficult to glean helpful information from an individual’s DNA. That is because there is a lack of reference data compiled from other people’s DNA. Most reference data is currently curated by academic institutions and is often compiled in different formats, making it difficult for doctors and researchers to use.