November 17, 2015
San Jose, California-based Akibah just launched a crowdfunding campaign for its connected glucometer smartphone case, called GluCase. The company's CEO is Larry Ellingson, who was previously chair of the American Diabetes Association as well as executive director of diabetes care at pharma company Eli Lilly.
GluCase stores all the tools that are normally included in a glucose meter kit including...
November 11, 2015
Dr. Joseph Kvedar
Pharmaceutical companies are just beginning to think of digital health offerings as therapeutics, Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the vice president of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, told MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Jonah Comstock at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference this week.
Kvedar explained that several years ago pharmaceutical company marketing departments would look...
November 9, 2015
NYC-based pharma company Pfizer currently has 15 apps in the US iOS app store, ranging from a chapstick companion app to an app for people with kidney cancer. At the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, Pfizer executives talked about two of the company's apps and their broader strategy for developing mobile health interventions.
"We recognize that the data shows patients...
November 4, 2015
Exco InTouch's mobile clinical trial software.
The FDA wants to know more about mobile-enabled clinical trials for investigational drugs. According to a recent post on the Federal Register by Associate Commissioner for Policy Leslie Kux, the FDA is soliciting comments "from a broad group of stakeholders on the scope and direction of the use of technologies and innovative methods in the conduct...
November 3, 2015
Over the last two years, big pharma has gotten behind the idea of smartphone-connected inhalers for asthma and COPD in a big way. Two acquisitions, a $3 million investment, and a number of pilot and partnership deals have shown clearly that the space is of interest. (MobiHealthNews is helping to put on two pharma-related events at the mHealth Summit next week -- be sure to join us if you'll be in...
November 2, 2015
At the mHealth Summit next week, MobiHealthNews is hosting a breakfast panel discussion: Digital Health's Disruption of Pharma. We'll kick things off Tuesday November 10 at 7 a.m. If you'd like to attend be sure to select the breakfast as an add-on when you register for the summit. As a thank you, use the discount code: MHEALTH50 to get 50 percent off your mHealth Summit registration.
October 28, 2015
AdhereTech, the New York City-based smart pill bottle company, has begun shipping the generation 2 version of its bottle to pharma and provider customers. The new version incorporates a number of changes based on user feedback that make it more robust, easier to use, and expand the reach of the company outside the United States. AdhereTech raised $1.75 million to develop the new bottle last year...
October 28, 2015
Higi is one digital health company that has a relationship with Rite Aid.
Walgreens Boots Alliance will acquire Rite Aid for $9 a share, or a total of $9.4 billion, the companies announced yesterday. The merger represents a major consolidation in the drug store sector in the United States -- according to the Wall Street Journal, the combined marketshare of Walgreens and Rite Aid will be 46.5...
October 26, 2015
Austin, Texas-based RxWiki, which offers a medication encyclopedia written and edited by pharmacists as well as tools to help community pharmacists to communicate with consumers, has raised $5.7 million.
This brings the company's total funding to at least $7.7 million to date, according to the Austin Business Journal. Existing investors include Milestone Partners and LiveOak Venture Partners....
October 21, 2015
San Diego, California-based PatientSafe Solutions has acquired all the assets of Merck subsidiary Vree Health for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help the care coordination and provider workflow company expand its offerings to the home care market in addition to the hospital. Merck isn't letting it's former company too far out of its site: the Merck Global Health Investment Fund (...