smoking cessation

By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2013
Nashville-based Agile Health, a B2B developer of mobile health interventions, announced a major upgrade to its Kick Buts smoking cessation program. Kick Buts is a text-messaging intervention based on software company HSA Global's STOMP platform, which was shown in a 2011 randomized trial in the UK to double successful quit rates over a control group. Agile licenses Kick Buts, along with other...
By Neil Versel January 17, 2013
Dr Caroline Free also led the efficacy trial for Txt2Stop, a SMS-based smoking cessation service Despite all the hype and promise around mobile healthcare technologies, the scientific evidence supporting clinical efficacy of mobile health continues to fall short, according to two new papers in the journal PLOS Medicine. British researchers examined 20 years' worth of published studies on mobile...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...
By Brian Dolan November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...
By Neil Versel September 10, 2012
Agile Health, maker of an SMS-based smoking cessation program for employers and other group purchasers of health insurance, has raised $2 million in private equity to finance development of a similar offering for diabetes management, according to regulatory filings and published reports. Nashville, Tenn.-based Agile Health disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last...
By Brian Dolan June 1, 2011
Like many state entities, the Rhode Island Department of Health is strapped for cash in these tough economic times. But, since the effects of cigarette smoking on the public's health are not letting up, the department is looking for ways stretch less dollars more effectively through mobile health initiatives. The budget crunches around the state are making traditional marketing too expensive, but...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2011
Two small studies from researchers at the University of Oregon (UO) and UCLA have shown that text messaging (SMS) is an effective and low-cost way to measure and intervene in urges people have during smoking cessation programs. The two studies used the same group of 27 subjects, who were heavy smokers recruited from the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program in Los Angeles. The...