May 19, 2014
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Getting early pilots, and the right pilots, can make a big difference in the success of early stage healthcare startups. That's why a number of digital health accelerators focus on forming strategic partnerships with hospitals and other stakeholders that can serve as pilot sites for their customers, including PilotHealth NYC, which is entirely focused on matching...
May 16, 2014
About nine months ago -- in September 2013 -- the MobiHealthNews team published results from an exhaustive search of Apple’s AppStore and the Google Play store for apps that were developed by or on behalf of hospitals and healthcare systems in the US. At the time we found more than 200 health-related apps in this category.
This list of apps is particularly important for hospital marketing...
May 13, 2014
Developer of a Google Glass app for doctors, Remedy, launched a pilot study with three Harvard hospitals in which they will provide physician assistants who are handling night coverage in hospitals -- a time when doctors are not around as often as during the day -- with Google Glass so that they can send their point of view videos to supervising doctors.
From this pilot, Remedy will measure how...
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...
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...
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 "...
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...
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...
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...
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.