Analysts predict 24 million will use diabetes apps by 2018
A new report from Research2Guidance recently sparked a buzzing conversation throughout the mHealth market. From 2008 to 2013, over 1,000 diabetes apps were reportedly downloaded with the help of Priori Data. This Berlin-based company collects publically available metadata on apps and translates the data into usable statistics, which the companies then use to attract investors and additional funding.
According to the findings from the survey, 76 percent of mobile health app publishers see diabetes as one of the highest potential business opportunities within the existing market. Currently, only 1.2 percent of people who have diabetes utilize an app on their smartphone or tablet to manage their illness; however, Research2Guidance is predicting that in 2018, that percentage will shoot to 7.8 percent or 24 million people.
Health and fitness app maker Azumio was reported as the leader within the competitive market, with 17.8 percent market share and two of the currently most popular apps: Glucose Buddy and Blood Sugar Tracker.
In a blog post , Research2Guidance co-founder Ralf-Gordon Jahns wrote that the mobile health market is still anyone’s game, and that a dedicated app-based strategy is the key.
“The ranking of the top 14 diabetes app publishers are not carved in stone,” he wrote. “The overall quality, total download and user numbers are not high enough to prevent new innovators complying with the best practice standards for diabetes app publishing and a good marketing strategy to turn the market upside down.”
With the exception of Medtronic, Medisana, and Sanofi-Aventis, Jahns added that many of the companies dominating the market are not big businesses right now, but rather are small app makers with a personal vested interest.
“A significant number of diabetes app publishers, not only those in the top 14, developed their solution based on their personal experience with the disease,” he wrote. “For most of the top players the initial motivation to publish a diabetes app was to make life easier for themselves, relatives or friends – developing a product only came second.”
Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”