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By Brian Dolan 06:35 am August 4, 2009
The market for clinical trials-focused mobile applications just got competitive and complicated. During the past week two new contenders announced applications to rival the buzzworthy StopWatch Media app, "Clinical Trials," which has long been the only iPhone application to offer clinical trial data. Healogica just announced its app, interestingly called Clinical Trials 2.0, which costs only $0....
By Brian Dolan 05:30 am August 4, 2009
"People are now texting more than they are speaking on their mobile phones and this has to tell us something in the healthcare industry." said Frank Avignone, Senior Director, AllOne Mobile at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Avignone noted that wireless only households (homes with no landline phones) now make up more than 18 percent of U.S. households. (...
By Brian Dolan 09:51 am August 3, 2009
Last week WebMD highlighted its newest iPhone offering, Medscape Mobile during its quarterly investor call, which included some interesting metrics for the company's advertising revenues, CME program growth and general Web traffic numbers. Given the comments about Medscape Mobile's success to date, it seems like the company is looking toward its mobile app for future revenue growth. "On the...
By Brian Dolan 07:01 am August 3, 2009
This past weekend, iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit organization that gathers regularly to develop applications for iPhone and iPod Touch, highlighted two healthcare-related iPhone app prototypes called Nurse Brain and Chief Medical Officer. Nurse Brain, which won the "Highest Potential iPhone Start-up Idea" award at the event, is a "communicator for nurses to hand-off important data about...
By Brian Dolan 07:37 am July 31, 2009
Software Advice put together a helpful feature called, Which Smartphone Will Own the Healthcare Market? Software Advice's Chris Thorman told mobihealthnews that the site sent its survey out to 700 people and received responses from 70 people via the online survey. Here are just some of the graphs that the group put together: Smartphone Penetration vs. User Group Which Apps Are You Currently Using...
By Brian Dolan 01:04 am July 30, 2009
Wireless healthcare is, ultimately, a consumer play. That was one key message built-in to both West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol's presentation and CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz's presentation this week at the Qualcomm Smart Services Leadership Summit. There are currently 1.2 million people who use mobile fitness products to track their vital signs...
By Brian Dolan 08:20 am July 29, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the medical costs of treating obesity-related diseases topped $147 billion in 2008, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. During the past decade that cost of treating obesity effectively doubled: The medical costs associated with obesity were pegged at $74 billion in 1998. The number of obese people in the U.S. rose ...
By Brian Dolan 08:10 am July 29, 2009
"It is really not all about the technology," explained Dr. Daniel Sands, senior medical informatics director for Cisco Systems, during his keynote at the World Health Care Congress's Wireless Health event this week. "My talk is entitled 'It's not about the technology, confessions of a healthcare technologist.'" "So it's a first," Sands said. "Everything we do is a first. So, we are excited by the...
By Brian Dolan 11:01 am July 28, 2009
CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz laid out his company's growth strategy during a presentation this morning at Qualcomm's Smart Services Leadership Summit here in San Diego. Immediate opportunities for growth, Goldmuntz said, included leveraging CardioNet's platform to develop additional applications that relate to atrial fibrillation. Adjacent markets could include...
By Brian Dolan 08:52 am July 28, 2009
The way that we listen to music these days is completely different from the way it used to be; the way we communicate via electronic messaging is also very different; so is the way we read books thanks to devices like Amazon's Kindle, explained The West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol at the Qualcomm Smart Services Summit in San Diego this morning. "Wouldn't it be natural -- knowing...