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...
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...
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...
April 23, 2014
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
Medical device maker Sotera Wireless raised $20 million in equity, securities, and options, according to a filing in the SEC. This brings their total announced funding to almost $50 million. The filing also shows that Sotera hopes to raise another $33 million.
Existing Sotera investors include Safeguard Scientifics, Delphi Ventures, Sanderling Ventures,...
April 17, 2014
After a few years of similar data points, Manhattan Research's Director of Physician Research James Avallone feels confident that smartphone adoption among physicians in the US has plateaued.
"We have seen this number in the low 80s since 2011 -- it's been static," Avallone said. "In 2010 we were at 72 percent of physicians and then the following year we hit four out of five. Since then it's...
April 16, 2014
Mayo Clinic-backed, Palo Alto, California-based Better officially launched its service this week after a year of private beta tests following a high-profile debut at the All Things D event last year. Geoff Clapp, who was a co-founder of early digital health success story Health Hero Networks, co-founded and is CEO of Better. MobiHealthNews caught up with Clapp ahead of today's launch to discuss...
April 15, 2014
Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry (formerly known as Research In Motion) announced this week an investment in Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's digital health rollup NantHealth, which boasts that about 250 hospitals are now using its cloud-based, clinical decision support platform. The dollar amount of the investment was not disclosed.
BlackBerry and NantHealth haven't yet finalized the specific details...
April 14, 2014
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital has begun working with a startup called Wearable Intelligence to deploy Google Glass in the emergency department. The hospital has four Glass devices shared among 10 emergency department physicians, including CIO John Halamka, who thinks Glass has the potential to, in some ways, be the new iPad.
"So I said a couple of years ago, if you had a tablet computer with a...
April 9, 2014
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University are continuing to iterate in the field of stretchable, flexible sensors and antennae. A new paper, recently published in Science, presented a new approach to the category that would allow off-the-shelf chip-based electronics to be incorporated into a peel-and-stick patch.
“We designed this device to monitor...
April 8, 2014
Nine health systems and organizations in Washington and Oregon -- representing more than a million patients -- have pledged to open up physician notes to patients via electronic medical records by the end of 2015. That increases the total number of patients with access to their physicians' notes by 50 percent -- from 2 million to 3 million altogether.
OpenNotes, the initiative that grew out of a...