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By Chris Gullo December 19, 2011
Microsoft released an official mobile app for its HealthVault PHR platform last week for smartphones running the company's Windows Phone 7 operating system. The free app allows users to quickly input medical information such as immunizations and allergies to the cloud-based service, view graphs charting blood pressure and glucose readings, review insurance information and family medical history,...
By Chris Gullo 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...
By Neil Versel August 18, 2011
Google may turn out to be a major player in mobile and wireless health after all. Less than two months after the Internet search leader announced it was shutting down its overhyped, underadopted Google Health personal health records platform, comes the news that Google is paying $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. (Is anyone surprised by this? I was at first, until I stepped back and...
By Brian Dolan August 10, 2011
ZocDoc announced $50 million in funding last week for its appointment scheduling app, and at least one commentator, Avado CEO Dave Chase (formerly of Microsoft Health), believes that healthtech startups could learn a thing or two from ZocDoc's apparent success. In a recent column for TechCrunch, Chase lays down three simple lessons gleaned from ZocDoc's strategy to date: Lead with the doctors....
By Brian Dolan August 9, 2011
Google's shuttering of Google Health in June also affected those mobile app developers that included Google Health integration in their offerings or even as a back-end solution. One such company is CTIS, which offers a personal health record (PHR) application, called mPHR, that requires users to have a Google Health account to access its features. Now, the company is collaborating with Microsoft...
By Brian Dolan July 20, 2011
PHR provider Dossia unveiled the latest version of its Dossia Health Manager software this week. It will be available to existing customers in the third quarter of 2011. According to the non-profit consortium, the Health Manager now "integrates game and social dynamics, incentives and messaging to foster sustained user engagement and behavior change, thereby offering long-term value to employers...
By Neil Versel July 20, 2011
There are few places with such a high concentration of conceited, arrogant know-it-alls than Washington, D.C., but Silicon Valley may best even the Beltway gang. I've seen a lot of bluster, a lot of unearned publicity, plenty of buzzwords and, in many cases, little actual success in winning over customers or addressing a real problem in healthcare. Sure, there are exceptions. With the iPad,...
By Brian Dolan July 14, 2011
In an industry as new as mobile health there are plenty of opportunities to announce a “first”. “The first medical app to do ‘x’” could be a tagline for a great number of the thousands of apps in appstores today. The second quarter of 2011, however, did bring a number of important milestones related to mobile health. Many of them are likely true “firsts,” but what will be more interesting is not...
By Brian Dolan July 13, 2011
Evoz, an innovative baby monitoring iOS app, launched in beta this week. The app allows parents to listen to their baby from their iPhone or iPad, with another WiFi-connected iOS device also running the app as a reciever. (Evoz also offers a WiFi connected monitor as an alternate option.) An Android version of the app will be available sometime in the coming months. Earlier this year Withings,...
By Brian Dolan July 13, 2011
Mobile health is the future of medicine, according to a recent National Journal article. The author of the piece, Ceci Connoly, is a senior adviser to the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform. Connoly said that while the future of medicine includes breakthroughs and innovations on a number of fronts, while research her paper on the future of medicine, "what [she] heard about the most was...

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