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By Brian Dolan March 17, 2010
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: "We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!" Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide...
By Brian Dolan March 17, 2010
Last year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that the global trade in fake pharmaceuticals would top $75 billion by the end of 2010, marking a 90 percent increase since 2005. Nigeria-based Sproxil, which was founded in 2005, uses scratch off codes and text messages to help consumers authenticate medications using the same process many use to add airtime minutes to their...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2010
While few mobile health companies or services are specifically named within the FCC's 360-page  National Broadband Plan, which it published this morning, one "newly released" smartphone application received high praise from the agency as a "glimpse" of the potential equipping consumers with health data can have on health outcomes. According to AsthmaMD's website, medical doctor and researcher Sam...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2010
Within the healthcare chapter of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, which the agency published this morning, the FCC recommended that it work together with the FDA to clarify regulatory requirements and the approval processes for converged communications and health care devices. The FCC specifically pointed to mobile health apps, smartphone remote monitoring apps, point of care diagnostic...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2010
The FCC published its 360-page National Broadband Plan today and it includes a 25 page chapter on broadband and healthcare. We pulled out one section that focuses on mobile networks and "the Future of Health" that summarizes much of the activity ongoing in the mobile health industry today. The FCC points to physicians using smartphones for remote diagnosis; consumers using mobile devices for...
By Brian Dolan March 15, 2010
"The iPhone has created a new direction for our company," Mark Cain, CTO, MIMvista said in June 2008. "We have taken a complex desktop application removed it from the realm of black art and placed it in the hands of physicians and patients. And we have only just scratched the surface." Cain's remarks were part of his presentation at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in June 2008 -- the...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2010
Writing over at the Gerson Lehrman Group blog, Mobile Flow CEO Ade Bamigboye, has penned a worthwhile summary of the mHealth market, including the classic challenges the industry faces and new opportunities thanks to mobile operator interest: "Over the years, the drive to incorporate technology as a key aspect of personal healthcare delivery has suffered from technological, logistical and legal...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2010
GE Healthcare recently announced a free mobile app offering, Morsel, which suggests simple ways that users can improve their wellbeing and track health choices. GE Healthcare launched its healthymagination initiative last fall with a $250 million equity fund that aims to support entrepreneurial efforts in diagnostics, healthcare IT and the life sciences. Here's how the company describes its new...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2010
During the HIMSS event in Atlanta last week MobiHealthNews made some news of our own when we launched our first research report: MobiHealthNews Presents: The World of Health and Medical Apps. During the six weeks leading up to HIMSS, the MobiHealthNews team scoured the close to 7,000 smartphone applications that are designated as health or medical related in application stores including iPhone's...
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2010
Some 35,000 patients in Buffalo, NY with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York plans will soon have 24 hour access to their physicians via web cams, phone or secure text messages, according to the healthcare insurance provider. BCBS is working with American Well for some of the technology and integrating with Microsoft's HealthVault personal health platform to better connect patients and...

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