Pharma

By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
These days, it seems like the digital health world runs increasingly on partnerships. Last week, representatives from three tech companies famous for their partnerships — IBM Watson Health, Qualcomm Life, and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google X Life Sciences — shared the stage at the Digital Medicine Connect conference in Boston to talk about what makes a good collaboration work. “I think at...
By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2016
Can the success of digital health coaching apps like Twine Health and WellDoc be ported over to the clinical trial space? According to Joris Van Dam, a strategic projects leader in pharmaceutical development at Novartis, it can and it should. Van Dam spoke at the Mobile in Clinical Trials event today, put on by The Conference Forum.  "The use [of coaching in clinical trials] is a natural fit," he...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
As we noted in our in-depth last week, the digital health space is still holding its breath for big pharma and big payers to dive in with serious M&A. At the opening session for Digital Medicine Connect in Boston, a part of EBD Group’s BioPharm America conference, speakers from around the digital health world weighed in on how that landscape is changing. “When I think about M&A in the...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
Austria and San Diego-based mySugr has added coaching to the premium version of its mySugr Logbook app, the company announced this week.  "What we want to do is create a digital diabetes clinic," North American Managing Director Kyle J. Rose said today at the Digital Medicine Connect event in Boston. "What we’ve decided to do is actually work with diabetes educators as coaches. Because, as...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company Pfizer has launched a new consumer-facing app aimed at helping to motivate adults with depression. The app, called Moodivator, will be available for free on the iOS app store.  “As awareness of the magnitude and severity of depression continues to mount, technology like the Moodivator app represents a new and exciting frontier for helping people with depression," Dr...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2016
The partnership announced in March between Johnson & Johnson subsidiary LifeScan and diabetes management company WellDoc has entered a new stage with a commercial partnership agreement, the companies announced yesterday.  "We’ve made considerable progress in our important relationship with LifeScan, Inc., which began earlier this year via a development agreement and a Johnson & Johnson...
By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2016
Today Walgreens shared new data from two studies that show the company's mobile tools -- both its mobile pill reminder and its Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices platform -- improve medication adherence for users.  “People increasingly want to become more engaged in their own health care, and with Walgreens digital health offerings, we give our customers the ability to positively impact their...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
Qualcomm Life and Boehringer Ingelheim have announced that they will work together to develop the next generation of Boehringer's Respimat connected inhaler. Propeller Health, which developed the original connected inhaler for Boehringer, will continue to work with Boehringer to at least market the existing version of the device.  "The overall goal for Boehringer Ingelheim is to create health...
By Heather Mack August 16, 2016
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is beginning a clinical trial in collaboration with Quintiles looking at the impact of mobile medication reminders for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The proposed yearlong trial – which is still not yet recruiting participants – will be an intervention study involving an estimated 380 people with COPD divided into two groups. Both...
By Heather Mack August 16, 2016
Digital patient engagement company HealthPrize Technologies has partnered with Walgreens to offer its medication adherence platform on the drugstore chain’s website. The program will be offered to patients filling certain brand-name prescriptions for chronic conditions, starting with diabetes and eventually expanding to others. The platform will be web-based, but Walgreen's site is optimized for...