Mobile connected health devices, such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales are showing a strong increase in sales in European countries, despite still being a minority market. Aiding communication not only between doctors, patients, healthcare professionals and families, but also with the providers of healthcare services, treatment facilities and other service providers such as medical insurance companies, the mobile health market encourages these important developments.
According to market data from GfK*, the number of mobile-connected blood pressure monitors purchased last year rose by 42% across Great Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, compared to 2012, while connected personal weighing scales rose by an enormous 88%.
A market that offers significant opportunities, with 2014 being the year of ‘mobile health’ as well as wearable technology devices, the popular media buzz around these topics is likely to have a positive effect on consumers’ awareness of the potential benefits on offer.
Consumers today expect to receive immediate answers and information simply by running a quick check through their smartphone or tablet. This encompasses not only their personal health condition, but their activity levels also. With smartphones continuing to play an increasingly important role in the mobile health market, medical apps were downloaded some 44 million times in 2012, with this figure set to rise to nearer 142 million in 2016.
With the Medisana VitaDock at the forefront of the development of medical sensors, blood glucose, body temperature, body weight, blood pressure and pulse rates can be monitored simply and conveniently on the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad using the app, VitaDock. Managing one’s health on a computer certainly sounds like a visionary idea from the future, but with Medisana, this forward-thinking vision has become a reality with the VitaDock Online.
So how exactly does the VitaDock Online work?
VitaDock Online is a free online portal developed by Medisana to save, retrieve, evaluate and export an individual’s vital signs. In this portal, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and body temperature values can be saved separate to the measurement device and viewed online in the form of statistics and tables – data that the user can retrieve worldwide and at any time.
It goes without saying that personal data is protected using the highest of standards. However, data can also be shared with other people such as relatives, physicians, a personal trainer or healthcare centre, if desired. This can be done in electronic form, sending the data via email, or in the traditional print form for the next visit to the doctors.
With the help of the VitaDock Platform, personal vital data such as weight, blood sugar, blood pressure or temperature can be visualised and evaluated professionally: easy-to-read tables show any changes and allow for a closer look at an individual health. Further statistics analyse the data over time and show trends.
Another plus: VitaDock® Online also lets users synchronise their own saved data with an iOS or android device using the VitaDock® App. Synchronisation is also possible between several devices. If data gets lost – such as when the iOS or android device is mislaid or the data is deleted by accident – all data saved in the portal can be recovered at any time without problem. The VitaDock® Online Platform was developed in close cooperation with leading telemedicine experts.
VitaDock® Online is already compatible with the following Medisana products:
All VitaDock® products that can be connected to an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad.
a) ThermoDock®: Infrared thermometer module to reliably measure body temperature
b) GlucoDock®: Blood sugar monitor module, including a starter set for professional diabetes management
c) CardioDock®: Latest generation blood pressure monitor module for measurements using an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
d) TargetScale®: Body analysis scale with target function for the precise measurement of weight, body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat and water as well as muscle and bone mass
VitaDock® Online of Medisana is the first ‘Cloud Solution’ for health in which one can store, sync and share the most important health data. VitaDock® Online is already prepared for the health monitoring needs of the future:
- Central storage of all vital data without memory limit – values can be saved over the years
- Password-protected data is available worldwide from any internet-accessible device
- Easy forwarding or printing of statistics and tables for one’s doctors and caregivers
- Export functions in different formats, for example as an Excel file
- Easy recovery of data (backup in the event of data loss)
- Sychronization of data between multiple iOS/Android devices
For individual product information on all Medisana lines including those compatible with VitaDock, see our Medisana collection in full here. Here you will also find a link to the Medisana Help Centre where you can find Frequently Asked Questions and Video Tutorials.
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*GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information that enables it clients to make smarter decisions. More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s 80 years of data science experience. This allows GfK to deliver vital global insights matched with local market intelligence from more than 100 countries. By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.