health apps

By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. “Under a collaborative agreement with...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
By Bill Siwicki June 6, 2017
The pace of innovation in healthcare today is a “gold rush” for apps. Innovators large and small are speeding apps through development and bringing them to market as quickly as possible, which all-too-frequently means security is among the last considerations. That means healthcare organizations must be extra diligent when considering new apps. “There are a million different apps out there – the...
By Jonah Comstock March 13, 2017
With previous rumored Trump picks to lead the FDA, we’ve had to rely on speculation to gauge their approach to mobile and digital health. Not so with former FDA deputy commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s final pick as of Friday.  Gottlieb, who will still have to be confirmed by the Senate, has made his feelings about mobile health regulation very clear. In 2014, he co-authored a piece for...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
Developers of health and medical apps will now have strict rules to abide by with Apple's new App Store Guidelines that establish a high bar for any app aimed at health and wellness. Previous iterations of the guidelines already laid out the proper protocol for human research subjects and avoiding physical harm, but the new rules carry much more detailed and specific language, ranging from...
By Heather Mack August 18, 2016
Health and fitness apps may potentially reveal data-enabled insights into the daily lives of those who use them, but what they sometimes fail to reveal are the ways they use the data collected on users. A recent study from the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank that works to advance responsible data practices, found that -- compared with other apps in the iOS and Android...
By Jonah Comstock July 14, 2016
A new survey of 1,000 US adults from Adobe Digital Insights found that consumers, especially younger consumers, are bullish on health apps, but their enthusiasm sometimes outpaces the technology available to them. Adobe asked respondents about a number of health-related activities whether they had done them via a smartphone and whether they would, if given the chance, elect to do them exclusively...
By Aditi Pai March 9, 2016
Some 81 percent of diabetes apps in the Google Play store did not offer privacy policies, according to a study of 211 apps published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is just the latest to examine health app privacy policies. In 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse published a study that found 74 percent of free apps and 60 percent of paid apps had a privacy policy in the...
By Aditi Pai January 13, 2016
Boston-based Lifeguard Games, a kid-focused health education game company that did business as Wellapets, has changed its name to Wizdy and launched its first app, called Wizdy Pets, which teaches children about asthma management.  Wizdy also raised $300,000 in seed funding. The first tranche was announced in 2014 when the company raised $7,500 from Rough Draft Ventures. The rest of the funding...
By Aditi Pai January 6, 2016
Although 66 percent of the largest 100 US hospitals have consumer-facing mobile apps, and 38 percent of those have developed proprietary apps for their patients, a mere 2 percent of patients at those 66 hospitals are using apps provided to them, according to an Accenture report. For this report, Accenture used data from a variety of sources, including Accenture 2014 Global Consumer Pulse Research...