oncology

By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2017
Two years after launching its smoking cessation app Quitter's Circle, pharmaceutical company Pfizer is seeing impressive continued engagement with the app. It's also applying the lessons learned from Quitter's Circle toward other mobile health pursuits — including a recently-launched app for people living with cancer. "We can do surveys right in the app," Mark Pizzini, Pfizer's digital strategy...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is embarking on a small study to see if a Fitbit Charge HR can help oncologists assess whether their patients are active enough for chemotherapy. “What we know is that individuals who are up and about tend to be more able to tolerate chemotherapy and have a greater potential for benefitting from it,” Dr. Arvind Shinde, a faculty physician in the departments of...
By Jonah Comstock September 30, 2015
Voluntis's Diabeo app, not available in the United States French medical app company Voluntis is partnering with Roche Pharma France, a subsidiary of Roche, to develop a mobile-based therapy for breast cancer. Voluntis makes companion apps as medical devices. It has so far focused on the areas of diabetes, hemophilia, and coagulation. Voluntis actually worked with Roche Diagnostics in the past...
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2015
Innovation in digital health won’t come in a gradual, incremental way, but rather through dramatic re-imaginings of care. That was the theme that ran through the morning conversation in the digital health track at the 2015 BIO International Convention, a pharma and life sciences-focused conference held in Philadelphia this week. “We’re in a disruptive time. We’re in a time of moonshots, when...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2015
A London hospital is the latest to put the Apple Watch to use within its walls, this time to improve medication management and adherence for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to a report from Wareable, King's College Hospital will be the first to pilot an app from Medopad, a British company that also makes tablet-based mobile health technology. "Cancer treatment is a challenging...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2014
Smartphone and tablet use by level of experience. A new study in the Journal of Radiation Oncology looked at self-reported smartphone and tablet ownership and usage statistics in young, French, radiation oncologists. While the sample is quite specific and not necessarily generalizable, it does present an interesting look at the up-and-coming generation of physicians (most of the subjects had...
By Jonah Comstock April 10, 2014
Boston-based PatientsLikeMe, a hub for crowd-sourced patient data and an open research platform, has announced its most wide-reaching pharma partnership yet, a five-year agreement to share data with Genentech, a division of Roche. "They are a forward-looking company in the health IT space, and ... I think they're really looking at new forms of evidence and how that can improve their business and...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2013
When IBM's Watson supercomputer took down Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings just about two years ago, IBM let slip that Watson's next gig would be as a voice-enabled physician's assistant. Now IBM is giving us a little more information, releasing a video demo that shows how Watson might help an oncologist diagnose and treat a cancer patient. The demo, which warns that it's "not necessarily a direct...
By Brian Dolan March 15, 2010
"The iPhone has created a new direction for our company," Mark Cain, CTO, MIMvista said in June 2008. "We have taken a complex desktop application removed it from the realm of black art and placed it in the hands of physicians and patients. And we have only just scratched the surface." Cain's remarks were part of his presentation at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in June 2008 -- the...