US top 10 iPhone mHealth apps generate 5.5 million lifetime downloads on average

According to a reasearch2guidance blog post publicising a new report, the most successful free health and fitness apps accumulated 5.5 million downloads on average since their first appearance in the Apple App Store. However, there are significant performance gaps that highlight the importance of choosing the right platform, app category and device choice for mHealth publishers.

2013 International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare – King’s Fund (UK)

1-3 July 2013, London

This year the focus will be on innovation, integration and implementation of telehealth and telecare services. The full programme is now available. Headline speakers include Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health; Dr Richard Beale, Guy’s and St Thomas’; Dr Joan Escarrabill, Ministry of Health, Barcelona, and Professor George Crooks, Medical Director, NHS 24. Hidden gems in the breakout sessions include: Telespeech with TinyEYE; Cost effectiveness modelling of telemonitoring, and Mainstreaming the use of video in care for LD clients Site and registration.

Police use GPS trackers to find people with dementia (UK)

According to a BBC TV report (may not be viewable outside the UK), Sussex Police has become the first force in Britain to pay for GPS tracking to help people with dementia. They are using the £27/month Mindme device.
UPDATE 2 May: Mike Clark on the 3millionlives LinkedIn group has pulled together links to items that are appearing in response to the above BBC report. For readers without access to the group they are from the Guardian; the Telegraph, the BBC and the Alzheimer’s Society. Judging by the comments on the Guardian article, the National Pensioners Convention badly misjudged the public mood on this one, and their press release muddles the issues of service funding, who should be responsible for people with dementia, and social isolation.

Curl me up

Phones have rung or buzzed since Alexander Graham Bell’s time. What if it simply…curled? That is perhaps the Phone In Your Pfuture, or something like the MorePhone. The prototype “can curl its entire body to indicate a call, or curl up to three individual corners to indicate a particular message” –phone, text or email. The thin, flexible electrophoretic display is manufactured by Plastic Logic, a UK company. Developed by a team from Queen’s University (Toronto, Canada) Human Media Lab, it will be presented at the ACM CHI 2013 (Computer-Human Interaction) conference in Paris this week. But don’t hold off on getting that Galaxy 4G…this is estimated to take another 5-10 years to market. The possibility of course is that some of its underlying technology and Plastic Logic display will find its way into other devices.  GizMag, Human Media Lab press release, main page with short video.