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By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2014
Many people know that Google Flu Trends massively inaccurately predicted the number of flu cases at the end of 2012, as first reported by Nature Magazine's Decan Butler. A group of Northeastern University professors just published a pair of papers, however, that suggest the problems with Flu Trends are much more wide-reaching and systemic than a single glitch -- and they believe there's a lesson...
By Jonah Comstock March 13, 2014
Corvallis, Oregon-based Kannact has raised $3 million in its first round funding from undisclosed angel investors. The company is working on an Android tablet-based home care and remote patient monitoring system called Gladstone. CEO Krishna Rao told MobiHealthNews that the funding will go to feasibility testing and development of the product, which has so far only been deployed in pilots. The...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2014
More than a few MobiHealthNews readers were less than impressed by the predictions made in the PSFK and Intel report on wearables we covered last week. Here's one: Everydayfella: "There is exactly a 0 percent chance that implantables will be mainstream or even a viable marketplace by 2018... or 2028 for that matter. Good rule of thumb: Whatever an R&D scientist tells you for time-to-market,...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2013
Google made big news recently when it announced Google Calico, a new venture that would apply "some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology," putting the minds at Google toward the problems of aging and illness. Calico is far from Google's first venture into health or wellness, however. The company's (ultimately failed) PHR venture Google Health was one high profile...
By Neil Versel November 7, 2013
Motorola Solutions, the enterprise communications vendor created when the former Motorola Inc. split in two in 2011, has released two mobile devices designed specifically for healthcare use. The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company on Tuesday announced the general availability of the MC40-HC, a touch-screen, smartphone-like mobile computer for healthcare environments and the SB1-HC, a wearable, thin-...
By Aditi Pai November 1, 2013
Moves on Nexus 5 Paired with the announcement of the Nexus 5, Google also announced integration and details of the new version of Android, Android 4.4, or KitKat. Details on KitKat include information on an updated accelerometer, just a few months after Apple announced its motion co-processor, called the M7, which offers enhanced motion sensing capabilities. In a section labeled "step detector...
By Aditi Pai September 19, 2013
Over the span of two days last week, Voalte, Audax Health and Google made mobile health hires. Over the span of a month, there have been seven total hiring announcements. While Voalte's new hire has a background in health, some, like Audax's addition of Zynga Chief Operating Officer (COO) David Ko was brought on to grow the company in a new way. MobiHealthNews has compiled a list of all the...
By Jonah Comstock May 29, 2013
Misfit also released a picture of a black version of the Shine with a leather band. Misfit Wearables announced that it is once more pushing back the shipping date of its crowd-funded Shine tracker, and that the device will no longer support Android at launch. Supporters of Misfit's $846,000 Indiegogo campaign this past January will now have to wait until mid-July for their trackers. The Misfit...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker. Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2012
A new report from Juniper is the latest in a flurry of forecasts about the role that smart wearable devices, or wearables, are going to play in the mobile technology market over the next few years. Juniper says wearables will be a $1.5 billion market by 2014, up from just $800 million this year. Some of that drive is from “multifunction” devices like Google’s Project Glass and a similar product...