Neil Versel

November 5, 2013
We have officially hit the trough of disillusionment on the Gartner Hype Cycle and are slowly beginning the climb up the slope of enlightenment. The nadir, in my view, may have been last week's report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The IMS analysis confirmed what many of us already suspected, that there are far too many mobile health apps on the market right now, since the...
October 31, 2013
Startup provider of mobile and online telehealth services to college students CampusMD, is expanding its capabilities by partnering with established telehealth company American Well. Thanks to the American Well link, Bethesda, Md.-based CampusMD now is able to offer its clients the ability to pick their own doctors, immediate video consultations around the clock and asynchronous video options,...
October 31, 2013
Welltok's Cafewell platform. Welltok, creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has acquired healthcare incentive design and management firm IncentOne. Denver-based Welltok plans on integrating IncentOne technology into its CafeWell platform, giving population health managers a more convenient way to offer consumers personalized rewards for healthy behaviors. "It...
October 30, 2013
Dartmouth computer scientist David Kotz Taking the position that smartphones should not be the focal point of body-area networks, researchers at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Clemson University in South Carolina are creating what they call "computational jewelry," wearable technology to serve as the hub for managing health conditions. Helped by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from...
October 28, 2013
Infield Health's Healthy Steps app. People in a Weight Watchers program who received motivational and reminder text messages lost an average of 4.5 pounds more in a 12-week period than those who were left to their own volition, a newly published study found. Text messaging also showed promise for increasing exercise and promoting other healthy behaviors, according to researchers from Virginia...
October 23, 2013
While many companies offer free, "lite" versions of their software to small organizations in hopes of landing sales from larger institutions, DoctorBase, maker of secure, mobile patient-provider communications, is taking the opposite approach. The San Francisco-based vendor this week released a free enterprise edition of its Panda communications system for hospitals – albeit smaller ones – and...
October 23, 2013
Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Foundation The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an 11-month-old effort of the William J. Clinton Foundation to lessen health disparities between socioeconomic and racial groups, will offer health and wellness apps to people in participating communities via a mobile platform from Boston-based startup Wellable. Wellable principals said theirs is the first...
October 21, 2013
Mobile health interventions developer Agile Health is moving beyond its roots in smoking cessation by releasing myAgileLife, a text messaging-based program to help people learn behavioral skills to manage type 2 diabetes. myAgileLife, the first product Nashville, Tenn.-based Agile Health has commercialized on a messaging platform acquired last year from the University of Southern California,...
October 17, 2013
Count Orca Health as the latest mobile health company to pivot from a direct-to-consumer strategy toward serving healthcare professionals. Orca isn't completely abandoning DTC, but the Sandy, Utah-based maker of mobile medical reference tools this week introduced Patient Education for Healthcare Professionals, a series of interactive iPhone and iPad apps that allows clinicians to prescribe...
October 17, 2013
A company with a background in emergency alerts and crisis communications is entering the commercial healthcare market by adapting a system previously designed for government operations and by introducing a safety app for home health workers. AtHoc, of San Mateo, California, this week launched AtHoc Home Care Alerts, a system for monitoring the whereabouts and safety of home caregivers and the...