Chris Gullo

November 29, 2011
Mobile risk management (MRM) software provider Fixmo raised a total of $23 million in its third round of funding. Previous investor Paladin Capital Group led the round, which included participation from new investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Horizons Ventures. MRM is emerging within healthcare, including the government, as physicians express their desire to use personally-bought...
November 28, 2011
Equitable Life of Canada announced the launch of its EZClaim app for BlackBerry devices. The mobile app enables users to submit health and dental claims and receipts electronically from their mobile device. An Apple iOS version of the free app is expected to launch soon, according to the company. BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) is based in Canada, too, which may account for the unusual...
November 28, 2011
Garmin's app, Garmin Fit The market for sports and fitness apps will cross $400 million in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. The rise of apps for connected wearable fitness devices will be a primary factor in the industry's growth (ABI predicted 80 million such sensors by 2016). ABI predicts that there will be more than 1 billion annual health-related app downloads by the year...
November 21, 2011
Philips recently launched an iPad app, Vital Signs Camera, that measures the user's heart rate and breathing via the tablet's front-facing camera. The $0.99 app, available only for the iPad 2, is intended for entertainment purposes only. The app measures the users heart rate by determining blood flow to the face based on the color of the users skin, and breathing rate by analyzing the motion of...
November 21, 2011
The UK's NHS (National Health Service) announced this week that its NHS Direct app for iOS and Android smartphones has been downloaded more than 1 million times since its release in May. The app is free to download from the app stores. The app's features include a health and symptom checker, general symptom relief, and specialist advice on issues such as mental health, contraception, sexual...
November 21, 2011
The Asia Pacific region will generate more than $7 billion in revenues from mHealth services in 2017, according to a new study by the GSM Association (GSMA) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The majority of that revenue will come from telemonitoring services, which the report estimates will make up about 55 percent of the market, followed by diagnostic services, which will make up 24 percent. The...
November 19, 2011
Seymour Enterprises, a new start-up that is developing a vital sign monitoring wristband for infants, and its founder, Peter Seymour, are the subject of a profile article in Arizona State University's State Press publication. Seymour was inspired to start the company after losing his daughter to positional asphyxia, a condition related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Seymour was a...
November 19, 2011
This past July, the FDA issued a draft guidance on how it might regulate certain medical apps. The legal implications of the proposed guidelines is the subject of the most recent entry in the HIMSS/AMDIS Physician Community Podcast Series, hosted by Dr. Marlowe Schaeffer-Polk, an attorney, physician and co-founder of Medlawguard, and Mr. John Steinbach, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of...
November 18, 2011
In the last week, 250 apps published to the health and medical categories of Apple's AppStore. By our count, 134 belonged to the health & fitness category, while 116 were found in the medical category of the AppStore. We found eight apps of those 250 that launched this week to be noteworthy. They include offerings from three big name consumer brands, one from a well-known medical association...
November 16, 2011
In the US, 63 percent of mobile phone subscribers in the 25-34 age demographic own smartphones, according to a new survey from Nielsen. Apple is the most popular hardware manufacturer, producing 23 percent of all smartphones, but Android takes the top operating system title with 43 percent of the market. About 18 percent of those aged 65 years and older are now using smartphones, up from 12...