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By Aditi Pai April 21, 2014
Researchers for UCSD's Happiness study Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would provide six data grants to researchers looking to access its vast archives for big data insights. Last week, Twitter selected six proposals out of the 1,300 entries and three teams, HealthMaps, University of Twente, and UCSD, had health-related projects. HealthMaps is a project from Boston Children's...
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 Aditi Pai August 26, 2013
A study published earlier this summer in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that Twitter can help people capture dietary intake and behavior. The data from the study was integrated into Eat It Tweet It, an app in the Apple App store created to integrate with Twitter and offer users a portal to tweet exclusively about their diet. The app, created at New Mexico State University,...
By Neil Versel July 30, 2013
Data liberation advocate Hugo Campos has scored a small victory in his ongoing battle to gain access to potentially life-saving data generated from the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest. Campos now gets XML files of reports from his defibrillator after device manufacturer Medtronic agreed to supply Campos' doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with a script to run in...
By Neil Versel September 6, 2012
Now I think I get it. After watching this promo video for the new Withings WS-30 wireless scale, I understand why there are so many mobile and wireless health and fitness products aimed at the young and hip. It doesn't take a degree in marketing to figure out that young, toned bodies move product better than old, sick ones, so it should come as no surprise that the Withings video features a...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...
By Brian Dolan August 11, 2009
Point-of-care educational videos iPhone app: Houston-based Blausen has introduced its Blausen Human Atlas 2.0 iPhone app. The company created the app with help from CodeMorphic, an iPhone application developer. The app provides 3D videos for point-of-care education for 150 common medical conditions and treatments. More Fitness - most resilient GPS market in tough economic times? Location-based (...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) may be a national nonprofit organization that represents 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living residences and senior housing communities, but it's President and CEO said he still knows a thing or two about Twitter. AAHSA's Larry Minnix told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in...
By Brian Dolan May 26, 2009
Chances are that by now you have heard about the many surgeries major hospitals across the U.S. have chronicled live (in 140 characters or less) via the increasingly popular social media site Twitter. The site's founders did not come by that 140 characters limit arbitrarily, of course, it just happens to be the same limit for the text messages we send and receive via mobile phones. Twitter is one...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
The eHealth Initiative (not to be confused with Boston-based mHealth Initiative) CEO Janet Marchiboda has stepped down to take a job at IBM as their Chief Healthcare Officer. Tom Wiltzius, who is a junior at Stanford University, has won a $6,000 fellowship to fund his FrontlineSMS:Medic program in Balaka district, Malawi. Since most studies show radiation from cell phones is not harmful, ABC News...