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By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2014
Talkspace, a New York City-based startup offering therapy sessions via the web and mobile devices, has raised $2.5 million. Spark Capital and Soft Bank Capital participated in the round, which was the company's first. In addition, AOL President of Video Ran Harnevo will join the company's board. The startup is trying to address a perceived problem in the mental health field: because of various...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2014
According to a non-randomized trial of 524 mostly African American teenagers, screenings administered via iPad could help pediatricians to learn about their patients' drug, alcohol, and tobacco use more reliably. The study, recently published in Pediatrics and conducted in Baltimore, Maryland, tested a new brief screening tool from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -- one...
By Brian Dolan May 9, 2014
By MobiHealthNews' count there are currently more than 35,000 unique, health-related apps available in various app stores. That includes everything from fitness and diet tracking apps to clinical decision support apps for doctors. Within that group we estimate that about 10,000 apps available today are intended for use by medical professionals. For a few years now Apple has shared a variety of "...
By Aditi Pai May 6, 2014
Evanston, Illinois-based SwipeSense, which is developing a smart hand hygiene sensor, raised $1.7 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $2.5 million to date. SwipeSense is a graduate of the accelerator Healthbox's first class, which was announced in December 2011. Healthbox helped fund SwipeSense's first round. The company aims to eliminate...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2014
Cedars Sinai's video conferencing system University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital has launched a digital system that allows parents to keep an eye on their newborns who are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to a news segment aired on CBS Minneapolis. The hospital's manager of patient/family interactive services, Jason Albrecht, initially started trying to email...
By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2014
WebMD is increasingly looking to mobile advertising revenue to support its business, according to the company's Q1 earnings call. Because of that, the company released a new app for physicians last week and is working on a major update to its consumer app by the end of Q2. As he has in the past, CEO David Schlanger suggested that those two businesses, consumer and provider, are converging toward...
By Aditi Pai April 29, 2014
San Mateo-based medical communications platform and physician referral engine Doximity raised $54 million in a round co-led by DFJ and T. Rowe Price Associates. Morgan Stanley Investment Management as well as returning investors Emergence Capital Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and InterWest Partners also participated in the round. This brings the company's total funding to $81 million. CEO Jeff...
By Brian Dolan April 25, 2014
Five years ago this month, Scripps Health's Chief Academic Officer Dr. Eric Topol began a speaking tour about the potential of digital health at a mobile industry event in Las Vegas. One of his presentation's key slides, which would become a fixture of his talks for the next two years, listed the top ten opportunities for digital health. In April 2009 MobiHealthNews called these Topol's Top Ten...
By Jonah Comstock April 24, 2014
In the fifth digital health acquisition this month, Hearst Health Network has acquired Santa Clara, California-based CareInSync for an undisclosed amount. CareInSync will become part of Zynx Health, an evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement company within the Heart Health Network, which is itself a recently formed division of the Hearst Corporation. CareinSync's flagship product is...
By Jonah Comstock April 23, 2014
According to a new pilot study, patients with diabetes are adherent to -- and even enthusiastic about -- self-monitoring their vision with a mobile app, but the study was not able to quantitatively demonstrate a health effect from the intervention. Diabetic retinopathy, a degradation of vision that can lead to blindness, is one of the most common complications of diabetes. "General findings are...