Pharma

By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2013
Texas-based iPhone vision test startup Vital Art and Science (maker of MyVisionTrack) has raised $550,000 in first round funding from the North Texas Angel Network (NTAN). The company's flagship product, myVisionTrack, is an iPhone 4S-based shape discrimination hyperacuity test for patients with serious degenerative eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2013
Software developer Ringful Health, developers of the first mobile health app to integrate with the now-defunct Google Health, has teamed up with Consumer Reports to create an app to help patients choose the most effective, and often cheapest, prescription drug for their conditions. The app, called Best Drugs for Less, lists the best drugs based on "comparative medical research into effectiveness...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2013
Proteus Digital Health, the ingestible sensor company that raised $45 million in May -- the largest funding raise in digital health this year so far -- has published the results of a small clinical trial in a peer-reviewed journal. The study of 27 adults with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia found that the addition of an ingestible sensor to their regiment led to 67 percent of patients taking...
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2013
Mango Health, the Rock Health startup behind a gamified medication adherence app that launched in April after 16 weeks of beta testing, released aggregated data about adherence habits of its user base. "Our belief is that understanding how consumers interact with medications and supplements each day is an important part of the quantified self movement that is often overlooked, and an important...
By Neil Versel July 9, 2013
Retail pharmacy heavyweight CVS Caremark has added a drug interaction checker to its CVS Mobile app that cautions consumers when an over-the-counter medication might interact with other drugs they are taking. The Woonsocket, RI-based company says it is the first drugstore chain to include such a feature in a mobile app. With the new interaction checker, users can scan the barcodes on OTC...
By Brian Dolan July 2, 2013
It turned out to be an eventful second quarter. While the first three months of 2013 were peppered with notable launches, acquisitions, and shutdowns – for the first half of Q2 not much news was shaking in digital health. In recent weeks health plans and providers launched important data sharing initiatives; a high-profile mobile health company secured reimbursement and – perhaps more importantly...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2013
Ayogo's Diabestes app for college students. Health gaming company Ayogo's CEO Michael Fergusson hinted at this week's Games for Health event in Boston that the company is working on a new game for a major pharmaceutical company, although he wasn't able to reveal any details. "I sure would like to show you this game but I didn't get clearance to show it. We're working with one of the five largest...
By Brian Dolan September 22, 2009
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has tapped intelligent medicine start-up Proteus Biomedical for a small 20 patient study to track patients' compliance with their blood pressure drug regimen. The patients are taking blood pressure drug Diovan and the study organizers track their compliance via Proteus' "chip in the pill" technology, which reports to a receiver sensor on the patient's shoulder when...
By Brian Dolan August 15, 2009
A new report conducted by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) found that not taking medications as prescribed leads to poorer health, more frequent hospitalization, a higher risk of death and as much as $290 billion annually in increased medical costs. Anywhere from one-third to one-half of patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed. Not taking the medication on time...
By Brian Dolan July 1, 2009
MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, is working with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy diabetes management app. Even though the addition of Accu-Chek's educational program to the iPhone app is a far cry from meter integration, MYLEstone co-founder Matthew Tendler told mobihealthnews, it is a step in the right direction and it...

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