Pharma

By Jonah Comstock February 4, 2014
Manchester, New Hampshire-based virtual pharmacy PillPack raised $4 million from Atlas Venture and Founder Collective, the company announced today. The company raised the money back in July 2013, and have already used much of it to build its Manchester headquarters. However, PillPack opted to time the announcement with its commercial launch, which happens today in 31 states. "We've been shipping...
By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2014
IMS Health's recent report "Engaging Patients Through Social Media" picks up on an oft-heard theme in digital health, and for the first time backs it up with quantitative data. Pharma is behind on its use of social media, compared to other big companies and especially compared to the rest of the healthcare system. Forbes' Dan Munro quotes Howard J. Luks, board member at the Mayo Clinic Center for...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2014
A new report from IMS Health on the use of social media by pharmaceutical companies finds that among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, half don't engage with consumers and patients through social media. But of those that do, IMS found that Johnson & Johnson emerged as a clear leader. It scored a 70 on IMS's Social Media Engagement Index. The next highest score, from GlaxoSmithkline, was...
By Aditi Pai January 9, 2014
Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs partnered with Pfizer to conduct a study of Akili's iOS-based game, Project Evo, in the hopes of using the game to detect indications of Alzheimer's in healthy individuals. The month-long study of 100 participants includes a mix of some who have risk markers of potentially developing Alzheimer's and some who do not. All participants will take the game home and...
By Brian Dolan December 17, 2013
At the mHealth Summit outside of Washington, D.C. last week, Mike Shilling, director of business development at Exco InTouch, shared three examples of mobile-enabled clinical trials that recently finished up or are still underway. The trials each leveraged mobiles in different ways and helped highlight a few of the strategies for deploying them in support of a trial as well as the various...
By Jonah Comstock November 12, 2013
AdhereTech's smart pill bottle.   The market for digital tools that improve medication adherence is heating up. Over the last year Mango Health launched, AdhereTech announced a new clinical trial, Janssen Healthcare Innovations completely revamped its Care4Today app, and Proteus demonstrated its tracking accuracy. And we're constantly learning about new devices and apps like those from...
By Aditi Pai October 24, 2013
Propeller Health's respitory management platform The mobile health space is getting crowded, Proteus Digital Health Chief Product Officer David O'Reilly said at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts. "I find it a little tedious how many different wristbands based on the same accelerometer technology are coming out," O'Reilly said. "But what's happening is people are getting...
By Jonah Comstock October 15, 2013
Health Mart, a wholly owned subsidiary of the McKesson Corporation, has released a new mobile app for community pharmacies. Health Mart is a pharmacy franchise brand with 3,100 independently owned community pharmacies across the country. Most large retail pharmacies have apps which support prescription refill requests and reminders. A recent MobiHealthNews roundup found that Walgreens, CVS, Duane...
By Jonah Comstock October 8, 2013
A patient-facing app from CyberDoctor is taking a new approach to addressing the $290 billion a year problem of medication adherence. The app, PatientPartner, uses a choose-your-own-adventure style gamified experience to help patients think more about their adherence and what it means in the larger context of their lives. "It's a complete departure from adherence applications," Akhila Satish, CEO...
By Jonah Comstock September 24, 2013
Janssen Healthcare Innovations (JHI), a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, launched the new version of its free Care4Today medication reminder app and platform, Care4Today Mobile Health Manager 2.0. The new app is not just an update to Care4Today, which launched last July, but a completely new app built in-house, whereas the original was built on Diversinet's MobiSecure technology. Diversinet's...