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CEA Announces Formation of Health and Fitness Technology Division

Esteemed roster of industry leaders to steer consumer awareness effort


Arlington, Va., May 1, 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today the newly formed Health and Fitness Technology Division, a response to the growing role consumer electronics devices are playing in improving health and fitness. The Division, originating as the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group in 2010, has made several valuable contributions to the industry during the past four years.

“Technology innovations now offer unprecedented opportunities for consumers to take control of their health and engage in their personal fitness,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Under CEA’s leadership, the Health and Fitness Division brings together a group of proven leaders in the space to further raise awareness that these products can help us change our lives for the better.”

CEA’s report, The Connected Health and Wellness Market, created in conjunction with Parks Associates, forecasts that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a 142 percent increase over the next five years in personal health and wellness product sales as well as software and service revenues. Additionally, the CEA report Understanding the Market for Wearable Health and Fitness Devices shows consumer interest in purchasing dedicated wearable fitness devices specifically in the next 12 months, quadrupled in 2013, making it the largest year-over-year increase for any category of fitness device.

“We live in extraordinary times, where consumers are taking more responsibility for their health and fitness. New technologies are playing a key role, transforming health care and empowering people to reach their fitness goals as never before,” said Health and Fitness Technology Division Chairman Woody Scal, chief revenue officer, Fitbit. “I’m excited to help establish a truly impressive board to help move that transformation forward.”

Prominently on display at the 2014 International CES®, digital health technology had its largest dedicated footprint ever, increasing by 40 percent, as did the digital fitness presence, which increased by 30 percent. The 2014 CES included notable health and fitness announcementsfrom Intel, LG, Reebok, Scosche, Skulpt and many more.

Last year, the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group joined others in sponsoring an ongoing educational program series, the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow,” to demystify the FDA requirements for new app developers and identify best practices among those already producing regulated apps. CEA also conducted a satellite media tour, reaching 4.3 million consumers directly, to promote health and fitness technology products directly to consumers, suggesting products to get and stay healthy in the New Year.

The 2014 CEA Health and Fitness Technology Division Board will provide CEA members with educational and networking opportunities conduct market research and educate consumers about health and fitness technology products, apps and services. The members of the inaugural board are:

  • Chairman: Woody Scal, chief revenue officer, Fitbit
  • Tim Alessi, director, new product development, LG Electronics
  • Kirk Dulaney, executive director, strategic business development, Sony Electronics
  • Chris Eschbach, director of exercise science and clinical trials, Valencell
  • Bettina Experton, M.D., M.P.H., CEO, Humetrix
  • Christy Hedgpeth, senior director, connected fitness, Under Armour
  • Nitesh Jain, corporate strategy and business development, Wearables and Fitness, Verizon
  • Isaiah Kacyvenski, head of sports and fitness segment, MC10
  • Craig Kaiser, director, business development, AT&T, Emerging Devices Organization, Healthcare
  • James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life
  • Andrew Rosenthal, product manager, health platform, Jawbone
  • Casey Ryan, senior director, emerging products, Samsung
  • Johana Shelton, senior policy counsel, Google
  • Jon Shimp, senior vice President, business development, Fitbug
  • Jeff Sweeney, marketing manager, Linear LLC
  • Robert Terkelsen, vendor business manager, Ingram Micro
  • Krijn Van der Raadt, vice president, IT and software development, GreatCall
  • Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables
  • Stanly Yang, CEO, Neurosky

Health and Fitness Technology Division Board meetings are open to all CEA members and the next meeting will be held May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. To get involved or learn more about the division, please contact Kinsey Fabrizio.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at CE.orgDeclareInnovation.com
May 1, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Howard University Hospital and NoMoreClipboard Deploying Mobile PHR to HelpPrevent Diabetes in At-Risk Young Adults

Washington – June 20, 2013 – According to the Centers for Disease Control, 53 percent of individuals with diabetes in the District of Columbia are obese and 82.5 percent are either overweight or obese.  In addition, hypertension and diabetes are co-morbid in 62 percent of adults in the District of Columbia,indicating that patients with the highest rates of weight issues are also at the highest risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Wards 4 through Ward 8, the poorest in Washington, have the highest concentration of African Americans and the highest rates of obesity among those with diabetes. In response, Howard University Hospital’s Diabetes Treatment Center today announced a program to deploy a mobile personal health record from NoMoreClipboard to help overweight, pre-diabetic young adults make lifestyle changes aimed at preventing diabetes.

African-American patients between the ages of 18 and 24 diagnosed with pre-diabetes will be provided a free NoMoreClipboard personal health record (PHR) they can access on their smartphones, as well as a FitBit Zip wireless activity tracker that monitors steps, distance and calories burned.

Tracked data will synchronize wirelessly with the PHR, and this data will be available to clinical personnel at the Howard Diabetes Treatment Center, who will provide coaching to participants. Data captured in the electronic health record used by the Diabetes Treatment Center will populate the PHR, and patients can share their information with any other healthcare provider they visit.

Text message alerts will be sent to remind patients to interact with the PHR, and 75 health and behavioral tips will be sent via text at periodic intervals to participants over the course of a year.

“Several studies have demonstrated that obesity related morbidity and mortality can be significantly reduced through lifestyle modification and education,” said Dr. Gail Nunlee-Bland, director of the Diabetes Treatment Center.  “Plus, cell phones are portable and widely accepted by young adults and can serve as an effective communication vehicle in providing consistent health care information from provider to patient, which is often lacking in our health care system.”

This program will study changes in Patient Activation Measure (PAM) scores at three months and one year. The PAM is a validated 13-item measure to assess patients’ ability to self-manage their chronic disease. Secondary measures will include changes in BMI and hemoglobin A1c levels at the same intervals. The study will also include a lifestyle group cohort that will not participate in technology intervention, but will attend group meetings.

“This initiative builds on previous success at Howard University Hospital where a mobile PHR was used to help patients with diabetes successfully manage their condition and reduce hemoglobin A1c levels,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard.  “We are eager to see how this advanced mobile technology will help at-risk young adults adopt healthier lifestyles and avoid diabetes.”

Nunlee-Bland said her physicians and staff feel very strongly that the wireless communication approach will help young adults at high-risk for diabetes reduce obesity and become more engaged in managing their health.
“While the main goal is to prevent chronic -- and often serious -- healthcare conditions, it will also help overcome disparities in care and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs down the road,” she said.

About NoMoreClipboard.com
NoMoreClipboard is a leader in electronic patient engagement, connecting consumers and clinicians to improve communication and foster collaboration. NoMoreClipboard gives consumers portable, interoperable personal health records to access, manage and share health information. Provider solutions include branded patient portals designed to integrate with clinical workflow, enhance efficiency and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com for more information.

About Howard University Diabetes Treatment Center

The Diabetes Treatment Center (DTC) at Howard University Hospital is one of the leading facilities in the Washington area for diabetes preventative and treatment services.  It offers a full range of diabetes services and a variety of innovative treatment programs, including the DTC diabetes self-management program, which is designed to empower patients in regimens that promote health and well being. The DTC features No More Clipboard personal health records, cell phones integrated with personal health records and an interactive website to help patients use technology to track progress in achieving health outcomes.

June 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Qualcomm Life Launches Two New Challenges at Mobile World Congress 2013

— Company Also Launches Global 2net App Developer Challenge, Expanding Availability of 2net Connect APIs to European Developers —

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., is kicking off a Wireless Walking Challenge in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) at Mobile World Congress 2013 being held at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, 2013. The company also announced it is expanding the release of the 2net™ Connect Application Interfaces (APIs) to developers in Europe and initiating its Global 2net App Developer Challenge.

“Qualcomm Life is delighted to be working with the American Heart Association on the Wireless Walking Challenge by providing participants with a fun, engaging wireless solution to track physical activity to improve cardiovascular health,” said Rick Valencia , vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Life. “The openness of the 2net Platform allows challengers to select whichever device or app best suits them, enabling a truly personalized health experience where data is automatically collected and seamlessly aggregated across a variety of sensors, wireless technologies and applications.”

Qualcomm Life and the American Heart Association are working together to launch the Wireless Walking Challenge to encourage people to increase their physical activity in order to ultimately improve their heart health, and attendees of Mobile World Congress have the first opportunity to compete in this global challenge. To participate, attendees can download their choice of a mHealth app, including MapMyFitness, Noom or RunKeeper, or leverage a pre-owned activity monitoring device, including BodyMedia or Fitbit, to track their steps throughout the conference. The mHealth apps and devices are connected to the Wireless Walking Challenge app via the 2net Connect APIs, so participants’ steps are automatically updated and reflected in the app leaderboard. The Challenge app will be a central hub for participants to track their steps and earn prizes based on their total steps taken in relation to other participants enrolled in the challenge. The steps will be tracked via the web-based leaderboard and those with the three highest totals of steps at the end of each day will be awarded $200, $100 and $50 respectively. The grand prize, awarded to the participant with the most cumulative steps at the conference close, is a Dell XPS tablet. Participants and conference attendees are also encouraged to follow the challenge conversations on Twitter by following @QualcommLife and via the #WalkStar hashtag.

Expanded Availability of 2net Connect APIs

The Global 2net App Developer Challenge kicks-off today and runs through August 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries and will be in the amounts of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. The competition results will be announced at the Uplinq Conference held in San Diego in September 3-5, 2013.

Qualcomm Life’s 2net Connect APIs, previously only available in the United States, create a consolidated stream of biometric data that can be leveraged across multiple data-enabled platforms, including Andriod, iOS, Microsoft and BlackBerry. The value of this consolidated data stream is compounded by the fact that the 2net Ecosystem has grown to be one of the most comprehensive and open wireless ecosystems in the world, with over 220 customers and technology enablers.

Qualcomm Life at MWC

Qualcomm Life will be showcasing the 2net Platform and Hub as well as the latest news and winners of the Wireless Walking Challenge at the Qualcomm Life booth at Mobile World Congress (Hall 3, Stand 3B64).

Qualcomm Life is also participating in the following demonstrations, panels and keynotes:

  • Health: Innovating for Global Health – Rick Valencia , VP & GM, Qualcomm Life (Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 –5:00 p.m.)

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. 2net and Qualcomm Life are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

February 23, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.