Thursday, February 27, 2014

Samsung Breaks Into Health Care

Within a week, Samsung took not just a dip, but a dive into the healthcare pool.

The South Korean technology powerhouse announced a partnership on Friday with the University of California, San Francisco, to focus preventative health more on digital.

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"Harnessing new preventative health technologies to help people live healthier lives is the next great opportunity of our generation," said Samsung president and CSO Young Sohn in a Reuters article.

Samsung's Digital Health Innovation Lab, which will be housed on UCSF's campus, aims to ignite and test new ideas, formulas, sensors and other technologies that will take health care into relatively uncharted mobile waters.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Sohn delivered a keynote about Samsung's vision for digital health. For the first time, the event had a lineup of speakers and sessions on Health & Wellness, which was sponsored by ECHAlliance.

"The Mobile Health sector presents a huge opportunity to deliver more efficient care, empower patients, and achieve significant savings in care services and the treatment and management of chronic diseases," said ECHAlliance chair Brian O'Connor in a press release. "Mobile Health applications were used by more than 75 million people in the U.S. in 2013 and the global Mobile Health market is poised to reach $20 billion by 2018. However, it also presents some barriers and challenges that should be tackled by all stakeholders."

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