Chris Gullo

October 19, 2011
GreatCall announced this week the release of a mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) device 5Star Responder, as well as an accompanying Instant Response iPhone app that offers similar functionality. The device is available for $49.99 at GreatCall's website and will also be available at Walmart and Sears locations. Both the device and app require their own $14.99 month subscription....
October 18, 2011
Social behavior analysis startup Ginger.io recently announced $1.7 million in its first round of funding. The start-up, which was born out of MIT's Media Lab, is developing software for mobile devices that aims to give pharma companies and providers detailed data on patient behavior to more effectively target new drugs and therapies. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based True Ventures and...
October 18, 2011
iHealth announced this week the US availability of its wireless connected Digital Scale. The scale allows users to transmit their weight information via Bluetooth to iOS devices, where they can use a free app to track weight data over time with charts and graphs. The suggested retail price for the scale is $69.95. MobiHealthNews broke the news about the device in September, along with an iHealth...
October 17, 2011
Google Body Browser, a Google Earth-like explorer for the human anatomy that launched last December as part of the now-defunct Google Labs project, will be reborn as a free Android app and web application called Zygote Body, according to a report over at MedGadget. Google Body Browser allowed users to explore human anatomy via a three dimensional browser that included layer options (such as skin...
October 14, 2011
This week MobiHealthNews covered the launch of a new mobile advertising network for healthcare providers, called Tomorrow Networks, that also has plans to target consumers using health apps with relevant advertising. Interestingly, the twist was that the ad network was only interested in apps that made use of a user's location, because, as Tomorrow Networks partner Physicians Interactive's...
October 12, 2011
Walgreens recently announced the launch of an SMS reminder system for prescription refills. The free service reminds patients about medications due for a refill and makes it easy for them to replenish their meds: Patients need only reply "refill" to the reminder text. Walgreens already offers a Prescription Ready Text Alerts service, which notifies customers when a prescription order is ready for...
October 12, 2011
St. Jude Medical announced new features for its Merlin.net remote patient monitoring offering, Patient Care Network (PCN), including mobile alerts for physicians and improved data export to EHRs. Mobile DirectAlerts, a notification system for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices, enables physicians to receive messages whenever a patient triggers the device's alert system. In addition, an Auto...
October 12, 2011
There are currently 96 million smartphones in use in the US, an increase of an incredible fifty-seven percent from this time last year, according to CTIA's latest survey, which it unveiled this week at their annual event in San Diego. In addition, the number of wireless subscriber connections recently surpassed the number of people in the US for the first time. There are currently 327.6 million...
October 11, 2011
Sprint and Ideal Life extended their partnership this week with the launch of Ideal Life's remote monitoring kiosks for high-volume settings (schools, living centers, physician offices and health clinics) using Sprint's wireless network. Ideal Life's M2M kiosk measures blood pressure, weight, blood glucose levels and other biometric readings. Last November, the company launched a similar program...
October 5, 2011
Fitbit launched its second generation fitness tracking device, called Fitbit Ultra, which features new metrics and wireless features. The company also announced the launch of its first iPhone app. These are the first new product launches since the company debuted its flagship offering back in 2009. Like the original Fitbit device, the Ultra is a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking...