Mayo Clinic

By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2014
Three new Kaiser Permanente hospitals will be opening soon in California and will roll out the Journey Home Board, a tablet application that serves as an outpatient education and engagement app. The Journey Home Board is the latest technology to come out of Kaiser's Imagine Care Anywhere program, an innovation center based out of Kaiser's Garfield Innovation Center in San Leandro, California. "...
By Jonah Comstock February 20, 2014
Rochester, Minnesota-based Ambient Clinical Analytics, a startup that will soon begin selling mobile hospital data management tools developed at the Mayo Clinic, has raised $1.1 million from the Social+Capital Partnership, Rock Health, and the Mayo Clinic itself. "Fifteen to 20 years ago, the medical technology world was swept by analytics-based business intelligence and process intelligence...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2014
A new report from IMS Health on the use of social media by pharmaceutical companies finds that among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, half don't engage with consumers and patients through social media. But of those that do, IMS found that Johnson & Johnson emerged as a clear leader. It scored a 70 on IMS's Social Media Engagement Index. The next highest score, from GlaxoSmithkline, was...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2013
The Mayo Clinic's recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention for using Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement -- in patients he repeatedly described as "70-year-olds on...
By Aditi Pai November 5, 2013
Fitness coaching program Sessions has launched and raised under $1 million from SV Angel, Collaborative Fund, Blackbird and Joshua Kushner. The company, a Rock Health alum, pairs users with coaches to improve fitness. First, users complete a diagnostic test and then after the coach is chosen, the user and coach meet to discuss a fitness plan. From there, the coach will monitor the user using...
By Jonah Comstock September 10, 2013
We never really know where the next game-changing innovation will come from. The smartphone started out as just that -- a smarter phone. But when Apple opened up its API to developers, that open source project started to unlock the true potential of a handheld, connected touchscreen computer. Nowadays, the ability to make a phone call might just be the least important thing your smartphone does...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2013
The Fitbit as it was used to track cardiac surgery patients. Mayo Clinic has finally published a study, completed last year, on using a Fitbit activity tracker to monitor recovery in cardiac surgery patients. They found that step tracking with the Fitbit was easy and cost-effective to implement, and preliminary data suggests that collecting step data could help hospitals determine the...
By Aditi Pai July 26, 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Axial Exchange, a mobile app developer, raised just under $5 million from undisclosed investors, according to an SEC filing. Axial Exchange is backed by a syndicate of venture capital firms, led by Canaan Partners. The company recently announced a series of enhancements to its mobile patient engagement app which include prioritizing elements related to day-to-day...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2013
Studies have shown that exercise video games, or exergames, can benefit elderly people who sometimes have trouble getting enough daily physical activity. But few studies have dealt with the question of how to get older people to engage with video games in the first place. "I can give you a stationary bike, but if you don't bike it, I doubt that you will get any benefits from it," said Annerieke...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2013
Mayo Clinic announced last week a new online platform called Mayo Clinic Healthy Living that will leverage mobile health tools to provide preventative care to employees of Mayo's B2B employer clients. The company plans to launch the product in October. "The clinic is a great setting, it's really great for complex medical problems, but for the majority of the population that has no significant...

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