Consumer

By Aditi Pai June 27, 2013
In 2009, 39 percent of new HIV infections were among individuals aged 13 to 29, which was a 21 percent increase since 2006, according to Associate Research Scientist Dr. Kim Hieftje. In her talk at Games for Health in Boston this week Hieftje discussed her new HIV prevention iPad game, PlayForward: Elm City Stories, which tests kids in socially compromising simulations to see if her game affects...
By Aditi Pai June 26, 2013
On the sidelines of the Games for Health event in Boston this week, Dr. Mark Sivak, assistant academic specialist at Northeastern University, explained to MobiHealthNews that the conversation around health games has evolved from one focused on novelty to one more concerned with outcomes. "What we're staring to get into now on the research level is that previously people would ask, 'Okay, prove to...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2013
This year marks the ninth Games For Health conference, an event which has long paid particular attention to mobile health gaming. But Ben Sawyer, the event's organizer and arguably the biggest name in health gaming, says the mobile health gaming industry is "still in pre-season." "The software's evolving, but no one seems to be running away with anything," Sawyer said in the opening address of...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
Last week Microsoft launched a beta version of My Health Info, an online health information management service that pulls data from HealthVault but also offers users widgets that help them upload and organize their HealthVault data. As you may expect, the widgets include connections with personal health devices like heart-rate monitors and pedometers. My Health Info is part of MSN. MSN positions...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
At the Body Computing Conference last week in Los Angeles, wireless health company Corventis demonstrated a concept iPhone app called Beating Heart, which the company created with the event's organizers. The app is a game that leverages Corventis' wireless "band-aid" sensor to transmit the players heart rate to the iPhone, which then can broadcast the heart rate over Twitter and Facebook or via...
By Brian Dolan October 9, 2009
AT&T has inked a deal to let Vitality's smart pillbox cap offering, GlowCaps, run on its wireless network. The service is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a new, smart lid that uses short-range wireless technology to monitor when a pillbox is open and when it isn't. It uses a close-range wireless signal to connect to a gateway hub...
By Brian Dolan October 7, 2009
Verizon Wireless announced that it is now offering an application for home health care workers called OnCare, that was developed by Xora. The application aims to help home health care companies increase efficiency and productivity by allowing administrators to securely dispatch, track and communicate with mobile caregivers. The app runs on GPS-enabled mobile phones that also help care givers find...
By Brian Dolan October 7, 2009
ScanAvert, a wireless health application that alerts users before they eat something that they are allergic to or that might interfere with the effectiveness of their prescription drugs, officially launched today at Health 2.0 in San Francisco. ScanAvert currently runs on Android phones, however, ScanAvert CEO and President Ellen Badinelli told MobiHealthNews that the company plans to create...
By Brian Dolan October 5, 2009
Medtronic group president for diabetes and other device franchises Christopher O'Connell told the Wall Street Journal that his company saw "potential" in partnering with other companies for wireless health and was already in discussions with a number of undisclosed companies. The WSJ also quoted ABI Research analyst Stan Schatt quoting a market value for wirelessly relaying healthcare information...
By Brian Dolan September 30, 2009
Fitbit, a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking device became commercially available this week. The device, which is small enough to clip on to the user's clothing, uses an internal motion detector to track the wearer's movement, sleep and calorie burn during both the day and night. The device costs $99. Fitbit provides users with metrics like: Amount of steps you took today, miles...