Eric Wicklund

November 8, 2015
Want to see where wearables are headed? Check out LifeFuels. The Virginia-based startup is marketing a smart water bottle that goes well beyond data collection. Paired with an app, it tracks vitamins, supplements and hydration, then dispenses nutritional supplements tailored to the user's needs. Speaking during the Wearables + Things symposium on Sunday at the mHealth Summit, company CEO Jonathon...
November 8, 2015
The idea of creating games for healthcare has fallen so far off the radar, it's not even being tracked by Gartner any more. "You could literally say gamification was last seen going over a cliff," said John Ferrara, creative director of Megazoid Games and author of "Playful design." What that really means is that the concept might just now be ready for a renaissance. As long as its proponents...
November 6, 2015
The ongoing debate in Arkansas over the value of telemedicine for first-time visits is producing two clearly defined sides. And it offers a pretty good look into what's keeping the industry from growing even further. State lawmakers are currently debating a proposal that would allow physicians to use "real-time audio and visual telemedicine technology" in treating patients they've not seen before...
November 6, 2015
Not everyone is enamored with HealthKit. Apple's consumer-facing app platform has been used by health systems in countless mHealth pilots and programs since its launch last year, so it's to be expected that some users would encounter problems. The latest to voice concern is Open mHealth, a non-profit group of technology and health experts launched in 2011 with the goal of "breaking down the...
November 5, 2015
The success of Apple's ResearchKit platform in the clinical trial space has caught the attention of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In an Oct. 29 notice published in the Federal Register, the FDA is seeking input on how mHealth technology might be used to improve clinical trials. The agency is particularly interested in how healthcare providers and other parties are using consumer-...
November 4, 2015
2016 may be the year that the accountable care organization concept lives or dies – and some experts are tying success to the adoption of telemedicine. Writing in the National Law Review, noted healthcare attorneys Nathaniel M. Lacktman and C. Frederick Geilfuss II,of Foley & Lardner, LLP, say ACOs will be pressured in 2016 to increase quality and cost savings benchmarks, thus qualifying for...
November 3, 2015
Another start-up is looking to apply the Uber principle to healthcare. New York-based FRND is testing a new version of the house call that dispatches a nurse to a consumer's home to collect vital signs and other information before remotely connecting – if necessary – to a doctor. This on-demand triage service aims to use the available workforce of nurses while refining the doctor's workload to...
November 2, 2015
HIMSS Media's newest member will be discussing one of digital health's more popular markets during a special breakfast at next week's mHealth Summit. "Digital Health's Disruption of Pharma," presented by MobiHealthNews, will take place from 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in National Harbor 10-11. MobiHealthNews Editor-in-Chief Brian Dolan will moderate a panel that features Jane Rhodes, senior...
November 2, 2015
As mHealth gains ground in the pharmaceutical industry, the app will become as commonplace as the pill. And pharma titans like Pfizer are taking note of that. "Patient engagement is changing," says Judy Sewards, Pfizer's vice president of digital and data innovation. "We need to evolve with our patients' needs." Sewards and Dennis Hancock, Pfizer's vice president of global commercial solutions,...
November 2, 2015
Enter Jim Mault's name into the search engine for the mHealth Summit, and you'll find no fewer than four instances in which he'll be speaking at next week's event. That's because Qualcomm Life is an integral part of the summit, and the company with the innovative 2net platform is ready to make news again. Mault, Qualcomm Life's chief medical officer and vice president, is a passionate advocate of...