November 18, 2014
Last week, Rich Wong, partner at investment firm Accel Partners, said he sees more potential for mobile health apps and devices built on Android platforms than Apple, according to a report from Venture Beat.
Wong has been with Accel Partners since 2006 and has invested in Admob and 3LM, which were both acquired by Google; MoPub, which was acquired by Twitter; and Parature, which was acquired by...
June 30, 2014
The most frequent user of health and fitness apps for iPhones are mostly mothers between the ages of 25 and 54 who are sports fans and who generally lead healthy lifestyles, according to a recent study that tracked 6,800 health and fitness apps and about 100,000 people who used them.
"In 2013 while the overall mobile app industry grew 115 percent in terms of average daily usage, the health and...
June 24, 2014
Source: IDC Health Insights
Health payers should look to the retail industry to improve their consumer health engagement strategies, a new paper from IDC Health Insights argues.
"It is important to differentiate between consumer engagement and marketing," IDC's analyst Deanne Kasim writes. "The overall objective of engagement is to drive behavior change and personal accountability. By contrast...
April 8, 2014
Dr. Pete Hudson
A little more than two years after Aetna acquired popular mobile health app-maker iTriage, its cofounders -- two emergency medical doctors -- Peter Hudson and Wayne Guerra have quietly left the health insurance company, MobiHealthNews has learned. A departure after a two-year earnout is a fairly common length of time for a startup founder to remain with their company's buyer,...
March 19, 2014
Weight Watchers announced a new weight loss program for people with type 2 diabetes, which it will provide through its employee wellness offering.
The new program, called Weight Watchers for Diabetes, will incorporate the expertise of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) into the company's existing weight loss and weight management system. Weight Watchers will also offer digital tools to members of...
February 27, 2014
"Here at HIMSS it's all about hospital-to-patient, doctor-to-patient, nurse-to-patient. Why is no one talking about patient-to-patient?" HelpAround Co-founder and CEO Yishai Knobel said during an interview at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando this week. "Especially when research has shown that peer support drives medical outcomes."
Knobel's startup Israel-based HelpAround is poised to be one of the first to...
October 7, 2013
Humana was the mystery buyer of Boston-based health engagement company Healthrageous, MobiHealthNews has learned. Healthrageous sold its assets to Humana and a number of Healthrageous employees who supported the platform will also be joining the insurance company. MobiHealthNews first reported last week that Healthrageous had shut down and had its assets acquired. The financial details of the...
September 26, 2013
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September 20, 2013
One trend that emerged while researching MobiHealthNews' most recent report, 205 Hospital-branded apps for patients, was that children's hospitals are far and away the most creative and ambitious of healthcare providers in the United States using mobile apps for patient engagement.
Of the more than 200 apps now available in appstores from hospitals for patients, about 17 percent come from a...
August 6, 2013
The Alabama Department of Public Health has become possibly the first state health department to have a public mobile app. The department last month quietly released Apple iOS and Android versions of its mobile app, and made a public announcement late last week.
A free download from either Google Play or iTunes, the app is meant to improve dissemination of public health information to Alabama...