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By Jonah Comstock July 7, 2016
The National Institutes of Health announced a number of partners today who will receive a total of $55 million in grant money for 2016 to build the foundational structures of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program includes five companies that make up the Participant Technologies Center, which will be responsible for creating mobile apps to enroll, consent,...
By Aditi Pai February 25, 2016
This summer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a Participant Technologies Center to test and maintain connected sensor technologies as part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), NIH Director Francis Collins announced today at the Precision Medicine Summit. Vanderbilt University, with help from Verily (formerly known as Google Live Sciences) as advisors, will...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2015
As his time in office draws to a close, President Obama secured his reputation as our first geek president by hosting a tech startup demo day in the White House last week. Although the primary purpose of the demo day was to showcase diversity in tech entrepreneurship, a number of mobile health and wellness-focused companies filled out the ranks of Obama's invited startups. Here's a round-up of...
By Jonah Comstock July 14, 2015
President Obama addresses the White House Conference on Aging. Yesterday, celebrating 50 years of Medicare and 80 years of Social Security, the White House hosted its Conference on Aging. At a panel during the summit, experts discussed how to make technology accessible to seniors. A study on that same topic was released by AARP today. "We choose to do big things here in America," President...
By Brian Dolan July 18, 2013
Up until about a week ago, the first and last time President Obama mentioned mobile health during a speech was in his State of the Union Address in 2011. At the time the president was extolling the benefits of using tax dollars to ensure high speed cellular networks made their way into more rural areas of the US. “This isn’t just about — (applause) — this isn’t about faster Internet or fewer...
By Brian Dolan September 4, 2012
At the end of August the White House launched a new program, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which pairs the private sector, academia, and non-profits with people from the government to work on five innovation projects over the course of the next five months. One of those projects is one that is undoubtedly familiar to those working in healthcare today: The Open Data Initiative....
By Brian Dolan May 25, 2010
At the Mobile Health 2010 event at Stanford University this week, Paul Meyer, CEO of Voxiva, skyped in to discuss the recent launch and progress of Text4Baby and plans for two new add-on services for Text4Baby: Quit4Baby and TextFit. Meyer said Quit4Baby will be a smoking cessation text message powered service for new and expectant mothers. TextFit is a text message service centered on nutrition...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2010
On page 526 of the more than 2,300 page healthcare reform bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this week is a proposal for states to support the use of wireless health technology for chronic disease management: "A proposal for use of health information technology in providing health home services under this section and improving service delivery and coordination across the care...
By Brian Dolan March 17, 2010
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: "We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!" Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2010
Text4Baby, a free mHealth service that "provides timely and expert health information through SMS text messages to pregnant women and new moms through their babies' first year," has officially launched today, White House Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra announced during a plenary session at the National Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. "I am very proud to announce that the US...