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Mobile, Analytics Lead Health IT Trends

Researchers say healthcare providers and insurers will invest heavily in business intelligence tools, wireless technologies, and cloud computing in 2011.
By Nicole Lewis , InformationWeek
January 18, 2011 01:10 PM

Analysts at IDC Health Insights are advising payers and providers to take several steps this year as they work through the IT challenges ahead. These include:

-- Lay the foundation for a solid information management platform that facilitates secure exchange of health information among care team members to improve collaboration and care coordination.

-- Invest in robust analytic tools, business intelligence, and clinical decision support to measure quality and outcomes, and facilitate point-of-care decisions made by clinicians and consumers. With the expected data explosion to come from machine-to-machine (M2M) data streams, these tools will become even more critical.

-- Deploy multichannel consumer engagement solutions to encourage consumers to play a more active role in managing their health. Examples include mobile health applications to reach the consumer on the go, and personal health monitoring devices to record key vital signs to measure fitness, manage chronic conditions, and provide real-time feedback and alerts.
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2011 Mobile Trends, According to Developers

By Sarah Perez / January 11, 2011 9:07 AM

The survey involved 318 mobile application developers, only half of whom use Urban Airship's mobile platform. Not surprisingly, out of 219 responses, there was a clear developer preference for both the iOS (99.5%) and Android (43.8%) platforms this year. BlackBerry (11.0%), meanwhile, was a distant third.

Another change from 2010 to 2011 is the shift in app revenue sources. In 2010, the majority of revenue (47%) came from downloads of paid apps. The rest of the revenue was generated by ads (11%), in-app purchases (8%) and upgrades (0.3%). 33.3% of developers surveyed reported they did not monetize their app.
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Mobile App Ecosystem 2010: A Look Back

By Sarah Perez / January 10, 2011 7:26 AM

Mobile analytics firm Distimo has just released its year-end report summarizing the figures, statistics and changes which occurred in the mobile application ecosystem during the course of 2010. The report looks at the major mobile platforms of the day, including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm and Windows (6.x and Windows Phone 7).

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