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By Aditi Pai June 11, 2014
HypoMap, a tool created by Glooko in partnership with Joslin Boston-based Joslin Diabetes Center has created a new non-profit division, called Joslin Institute for Technology Translation (JITT), so that the healthcare organization can collaborate with companies currently developing tools for people with diabetes, according to a press release. "Working with our CEO John Brooks, we thought that...
By Aditi Pai June 11, 2014
Around 11 percent of smokers who participated in a texting-based smoking cessation intervention program were able to abstain from using cigarettes six months after the start of the program, while only 5 percent of smokers in the control group were able to do so, according to a study of 503 people published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even though 11 percent were found to be...
By Jonah Comstock June 9, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event earlier this month, the company finally announced its HealthKit and Health offerings, which will bring health tracking natively to the next generation of iOS. But there was no mention of Apple's long-rumored iWatch at WWDC. Now Nikkei Asian Review, a Japanese publication with a history of reporting Apple's release dates before they are announced officially, says Apple is...
By Aditi Pai June 4, 2014
Two days after Apple announced a major health tracking partnership with the Mayo Clinic, another big name healthcare provider -- Kaiser Permanente has announced that its flagship app, also called Kaiser Permanente, has now surpassed 1 million downloads. "We're seeing that members are using the app most often to securely email their doctors and manage appointments," Madhu Nutakki, vice president...
By Brian Dolan June 4, 2014
Healthcare insurance company WellPoint is now marketing an American Well-powered video visits service called LiveHealth Online to its members and other consumers across the US. The service is available to anyone living in the 44 states where telehealth is legal and in Washington DC for $49 per session. Each session lasts about 10 minutes and physicians are able to prescribe some medications if...
By Aditi Pai June 3, 2014
Ninety-three percent of adults would prefer to go to a doctor that offers email communication, according to a recent survey of 433 Americans aged 21 and over from Catalyst Healthcare Research. Of this 93 percent, 25 percent said they would still prefer a doctor that uses email communication even if there was a $25 fee per episode. The margin of error for the survey was 4.7 percent. Catalyst split...
By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event, the company announced its rumored native health tracking platform, which we now know to be called HealthKit. Rumors have circulated that the tracking platform would be called HealthBook, though we noted previously that was probably not the official name. "Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2014
At the American Diabetes Association meeting next month, diabetes management software company Glooko and the Joslin Diabetes Center will launch HypoMap, a new patient-facing platform to help increase patients' awareness of hypoglycemic events. Hypoglycemic events are low blood sugar events associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Warning signs like sweatiness, shakiness, and weakness are...
By Aditi Pai June 2, 2014
The Health Data Exploration project, developed at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine, received a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Funds from the grant will be used to build out the Health Data Exploration's network of  researchers, scientists, companies that want to experiment with and analyze personal health data. "We...
By Brian Dolan May 30, 2014
What patient generated data used to be and why it is increasingly important Dr. Steven Steinhubl Up until very recently most people have had only one source for the information they could share with their doctors during a visit: How they felt. Observable symptoms, self-reported healthy and unhealthy behaviors, medical conditions or issues that other physicians had diagnosed them with...