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Ford Motor Company joins with Microsoft, Healthrageous and BlueMetal Architects to study how connected devices can help people monitor and maintain health & wellness. “People are spending more time in their cars, and with the tremendous growth in mobile healthcare solutions, Ford is dedicated to understanding the value of being able to connect to health and wellness-related services while driving,” said Gary Strumolo, manager of Infotainment, Interiors, Health and Wellness at Ford Research and Innovation. “Our connectivity platform  Ford SYNC , provides easy, voice-controlled access to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and therefore it makes sense to research areas that are important to our customers.”

As people spend more time in their cars, the ability to manage health and wellness on the go becomes more important. There are several reasons why the automobile is an ideal platform for research and development in this area:

  • It’s convenient and private
  • It facilitates personalized access to the information, products and services people need
  • And it’s a logical place for them to manage their health while they are more often stuck in traffic

did you know…

A Research2Guidance report finds that mobile health applications generated about $718 million in revenue in 2011, a sevenfold increase from the amount generated in 2010.

The goal is to figure out how to extend health management into the personal vehicle in a nonintrusive fashion.

How does it work?

The system would capture biometric and vehicle data as the basis for real-time health and wellness advice and monitoring. The driver can also tell the app aspects of his or her health routine  such as the number of glasses of water consumed during the day, or what pills have been taken. That information is then uploaded into Microsoft’s HealthVault personal health record platform, processed with other health data, and used to create graphical reports the driver can access after having left the vehicle. The technology is not considered a medical device nor intended to be a diagnostic tool.

As we age our sleep habits change and more than half of men and women over the age of 65 have at least one sleep problem. Contributing factors include poor sleep habits, medical conditions, medications, sleep apnea, and retirement (Ha! who knew?). Good, restorative sleep is important to our physical health as well as our… Continue Reading

A new  national survey conducted by Lake Research Partners for the California HealthCare Foundation looks at who is using personal health records (PHR) and other health information technologies. Although the numbers may still be small the benefits are there especially for those with chronic conditions. Survey Highlights About 7 percent of those surveyed say they have… Continue Reading

During the year-long study 200 high-risk patients over the age of 60 with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, lung disease, will use a medical monitoring device to take their vitals: blood pressure, weight, sugar levels and peak air flow. This information is collected in a central database at the Mayo Clinic where the patient’s primary medical team will have secure web access. Clinicians will also be able to use the videoconferencing system to observe and communicate with their patients. Continue Reading

“New developments in technology promise to help transition healthcare from expensive clinical settings into private residences, encourage behavioral modifications that emphasize prevention rather than treatment of illnesses, and make it easier for family caregivers to monitor loved ones and take action in case of an emergency,” says Athan Bezaitis, Continue Reading

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