May 28, 2013
Clinical results from the New Cities Foundation pilot study
A 2012 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report suggested that in the years to come, US mobile health development would trail developing countries like South Africa, India, and Brazil, and another PwC report predicted a $46.6 million health app market in Brazil by 2015. That Brazilian market has been the focus of a lot of attention lately,...
May 21, 2013
During the last few years health insurance companies have shifted from an employer-focused mindset to one that is increasingly consumer-, member-, or individual-focused. The move toward consumer engagement, Cigna's Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews, is being driven by cost and quality pressures, new benefits models and growing information intensity.
April 11, 2013
A startup mobile app developer is testing and preparing to launch an iPad app intended to help people with dementia (and perhaps just technophobes) navigate the tablet screen with voice commands and a simplified display. The app, called Clevermind, from a Hillside, Ill.-based company of the same name, also will help caregivers manage treatment for their loved ones.
"My target market really is...
March 14, 2013
Mobile industry analysts Research2Guidance have come out with a new report on health apps, predicting that in 2017, worldwide mobile health market revenue will total $26 billion.
The report categorizes the mobile health market as growing in three phases: an initial trial phase, a commercialization phase, and an integration phase. We are currently in the second phase, the report said, which is "...
March 7, 2013
At HIMSS13 this week, Kaiser Permanente had its suite of smartphone apps on display at its booth on the exhibit hall show floor. In the mix was an app called Hopp2IT, which turned out to be a white labeled version of an app developed by 100Plus. 100Plus, of course, was just acquired by its partner Practice Fusion. The app is not publicly available -- it is being used in an internal pilot by...
February 14, 2013
Last summer Citrix acquired ByteMobile for an undisclosed sum. ByteMobile works with mobile operators -- 130 of them in 60 countries -- to help them better understand how subscribers use their 3G and 4G networks and how best to optimize data services and mobile video services accordingly. Since ByteMobile has a view into what people are actually doing on their mobile phones, it has released an...
November 13, 2012
At the beginning of the year I received a call from Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and investigative journalism professor Rochelle Sharpe, who was planning to begin a project that looked at some of the worst medical apps available -- or previously available -- in app stores. Sharpe was working with a small group of Boston University journalism students to comb through Apple's AppStore and...
November 8, 2012
As has been tradition for some time now, every year around this time the digital health community gets a wake up call. The Pew Internet & American Life Project published its latest report on mobile health this morning and while it is filled to the brim with helpful, encouraging statistics related to mobile health adoptions, buried deep within is an outright discouraging one. Health app...
November 8, 2012
Source: Pew Internet/CHCF Health Surveys: August 9 ‐ September 13, 2010 , N=3,001 adults; August 7 ‐ September 6, 2012, N=3,014 adults ages 18+. Margin of error for both surveys is +/‐ 3 percentage points for results based on cell phone owners.
About 11 percent of all mobile phone users and 19 percent of smartphone users have at least one health app on their device, according to Pew Internet...
July 23, 2012
Azumio, maker of the Instant Heart Rate smartphone app and other mobile biofeedback technologies, said Friday that it has acquired mobile health and fitness app developer SkyHealth.
With the purchase, a transfer of an unspecified amount of cash and equity, privately held Azumio, based in Palo Alto, Calif., now owns Glucose Buddy, which the company says is the world's most downloaded app for...