digital health

By Jack McCarthy December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
By Heather Mack December 15, 2016
Consumer adoption of digital health has reached its tipping point. More people than ever are using wearable devices, accessing telemedicine, and going online to search health information. They are also more willing to pay for digital health tools, more willing to share their data, and want to take more ownership of their health, according to a new report from San Francisco-based venture fund Rock...
By Heather Mack December 14, 2016
With the ever-increasing amount of patient-generated data from connected medical devices, apps and sensors, it's important that digital health players build the right foundation to create a secure, reliable medical Internet of Things. While the elements are mostly out there, bringing all the components of digital health together is still the next frontier. “When it comes to connected health,...
By MobiHealthNews September 30, 2016
This week in Santa Clara marked the 10th anniversary for Health 2.0, a health tech conference held every year in Silicon Valley to explore the progress being made in the digital health space and the challenges that remain. MobiHealthNews was onsite all four days of the conference and below we’ve rounded up our coverage of the event, plus quite a few presentations and bits of news that didn’t make...
By Heather Mack September 27, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
According to a new survey by Validic of 166 executives at pharma and biotech companies, contract research organizations, and others in the clinical trial space, 64 percent have used digital technologies in clinical trials, and 97 percent plan to in the next five years. The survey was presented at DPharm Disruptive Innovations US in Boston. "The use of digital health technologies and patient-...
By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2016
Can the success of digital health coaching apps like Twine Health and WellDoc be ported over to the clinical trial space? According to Joris Van Dam, a strategic projects leader in pharmaceutical development at Novartis, it can and it should. Van Dam spoke at the Mobile in Clinical Trials event today, put on by The Conference Forum.  "The use [of coaching in clinical trials] is a natural fit," he...
By Heather Mack September 15, 2016
US consumers are getting more comfortable using mobile devices to manage their health, a new study finds. Even in the face of privacy concerns, Americans are increasingly sharing medical information, sending photos to their doctors, using fitness or activity trackers, and using AI to become active players in their healthcare. Ketchum conducted an online survey of 2,000 smartphone-owning Americans...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
As we noted in our in-depth last week, the digital health space is still holding its breath for big pharma and big payers to dive in with serious M&A. At the opening session for Digital Medicine Connect in Boston, a part of EBD Group’s BioPharm America conference, speakers from around the digital health world weighed in on how that landscape is changing. “When I think about M&A in the...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2016
Cardinal Health, an Ohio-based healthcare products and services company, has acquired TelePharm, an Iowa-based company which, among other things, uses telemedicine to connect pharmacists to patients. The sale price was not disclosed. The Des Moines Register broke the news.  TelePharm was founded in 2012. It raised one $2.5 million funding round in 2014, from venture capitalist John Pappajohn and...