Apps

By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2017
Two years after launching its smoking cessation app Quitter's Circle, pharmaceutical company Pfizer is seeing impressive continued engagement with the app. It's also applying the lessons learned from Quitter's Circle toward other mobile health pursuits — including a recently-launched app for people living with cancer. "We can do surveys right in the app," Mark Pizzini, Pfizer's digital strategy...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Smartphone apps designed for those with depression can significantly reduce users’ symptoms, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. While the findings are limited to those with mild-to-moderate depression, the apps’ consistent effect across age and gender suggest that the benefits are wide reaching. "The majority of people in developed countries own smartphones, including...
By Dave Muoio September 19, 2017
Healthcare is becoming more decentralized every day thanks to new technologies and a growing emphasis on consumer-focused services, according to presentations at the Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Boston today. But even as telehealth, wearables, virtual reality, and other technologies disrupt familiar models of health care delivery, a greater shift in culture and policy will be...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
About a third of internet-connected people worldwide currently track their health and fitness via an online or mobile app or a wearable according to a new survey by Gfk, who conducted an online survey of more than 20,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 16 countries. "These findings demonstrate the attraction that health and fitness monitoring has within much wider groups than just the obvious...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2013
Novartis Oncology, a division of the Switzerland-based  pharmaceutical company, has added two new free Apple and Android apps to its catalog: My NET Manage and Clinical Trial Seek. Interestingly, one of their most high-profile apps, VaxTrak, has now disappeared from the Apple and Google Play stores. My NET Manager is an app for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (or NET) to help them manage and...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2012
Bant: A diabetes management app The role of evidence in mobile health app development -- and the level of scrutiny such apps should be subjected to -- is still an open question.  At the mHealth Summit 2012, a variety of speakers from different sectors of the market offered their opinions on what, exactly, is meant by evidence and on the perennial question of the value of randomized controlled...
By Brian Dolan September 16, 2009
It was a hard fight to get insurance companies to cover dedicated text-to-speech devices for speech-impaired patients, but it finally happened in 2001, according to a report in The New York Times. Now the fight is on to get insurers to pay for cheaper devices and software that they claim work just as well or better. The Times report highlights one patient's struggle: Kara Lynn, an ALS, or Lou...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2009
There's been a flurry of "Top Ten (free) Medical iPhone Apps" lists gracing the homepages of a number of health blogs and publications this week. Because of the iTunes' AppStore's popularity, trying to pin down the Top Ten Free Apps in a given category is like trying to shoot a moving target. If you believe recent studies, chances are anyone who downloaded one of these apps last week won't be...