Pharma

By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2015
A Junto Health working group meets at the last team summit. There are a lot of digital health accelerators designed to help startups catch the eye of big pilot partners, but what about the other way around? Last December NYC-based tech accelerator Blueprint Health spun off the Blueprint Health Collective, now renamed Junto Health, to help stakeholders like payers, pharma companies, and...
By Aditi Pai July 27, 2015
AstraZeneca has partnered with New Zealand-based Adherium Limited, which offers a mobile-enabled inhaler, to incorporate digital health offerings into AstraZeneca’s patient support programs for people with COPD and asthma. Adherium's Smartinhaler sends data on when medication was taken to mobile devices and desktop computers via Bluetooth. The platform is designed to help patients, caregivers,...
By Jonah Comstock July 22, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health has secured two new FDA clearances for new sensors that are designed to work with two particular inhalers on the market: the Diskus inhaler from GlaxoSmithKline and the Respimat inhaler from Boehringer Ingelheim. Unlike previous FDA clearances for Propeller, the new clearances actually allow Propeller to market its new devices as improving — not just...
By Aditi Pai July 15, 2015
Indianapolis-based pharma giant Eli Lilly has announced the company now offers an Android version of its app, called Glucagon, which is designed to help caregivers and providers treat people with diabetes if they fall into an insulin coma. The app helps the user feel prepared to use Glucagon, which is a prescription drug that must be injected. The Glucagon app allows the user to practice the...
By Aditi Pai July 14, 2015
AstraZeneca has partnered with mobile-enabled health coaching services company Vida to launch an app, called Day-by-Day, that helps patients who are recovering from a heart attack, according to Fortune. The app is not only designed to speed up the patient's recovery, but it also helps patients deal with trauma that they may feel after experiencing a heart attack. The app is currently part of a...
By Jonah Comstock July 13, 2015
When Apple first announced ResearchKit, it was met with a fair amount of skepticism about whether the data collected via smartphones would be robust enough to be useful. But just a few scant months after that announcement, it seems many in healthcare are at least paying attention to the possibilities of smartphone-based data collection in general and ResearchKit in particular. Last week the...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2015
PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy that raised $50 million last June, has finally gone mobile, launching its first app, for iOS and Apple Watch. The PillPack app will be available to everyone, not just PillPack customers, and has several novel features for a medication reminder app. “The best solution to adherence is simplicity, and the PillPack design tackles this challenge physically with our...
By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
Last month, Roche quietly launched its Accu-Chek Connect app, a diabetes management app which contains, among other things, an unprecented feature: a prescription insulin bolus calculator called Bolus Advisor. Roche has been selling the app in other countries for a little while, even issuing a brief recall in April in some of those countries. It received FDA clearance for the Android version of...
By Jonah Comstock July 6, 2015
According to an SEC filing, mail-order personal genome service and research company 23andMe has raised $79 million, in a round the company hopes will top out at $150 million. The investors are undisclosed and 23andMe declined to comment while the round was ongoing. This is the company's largest single funding raise to date. It brings its total funding to $190 million plus a $1.4 million research...
By Jonah Comstock July 1, 2015
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation. “Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions...