July 17, 2012
Students in a multidisciplinary Android app development course at Florida Atlantic University spend the spring semester focusing exclusively on creating health and safety apps.
The 80 students, representing the Boca Raton, Fla., school's College of Business, College of Engineering and Computer Science as well as the electronic graphic design program and the anthropology department, produced seven...
May 24, 2012
Health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a must-read column this week over at Health Populi. She noted that this Wednesday Pfizer announced a partnership with the magazine EatingWell to co-launch a mobile app aimed at patients who take Lipitor. While there are a few mobile apps in the market specifically focused on one particular pharmaceutical product, it's a safe bet that none were launched...
April 18, 2012
San Francisco-based Alt12 Apps, developer of the popular BabyBump pregnancy tracker app, has secured $1.26 million in its seed round of funding led by Aydin Senkut's Felicis Ventures and with participation by InterWest Partners and individual investors including HealthTap founder Ron Gutman. Alt12 Apps has developed three apps that have corresponding social networks: BabyBump, PinkPad, and...
April 10, 2012
Last month UnitedHealth Group (UHG) updated its mobile health app, OptumizeMe, for its employer customers. The new version of the app, which is available for iPhone, Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 users, enables employers to conduct drawings or prize giveaways for those employees that meet their goals, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal this week. The prizes could be as...
March 22, 2012
During a panel discussion organized by the Office of the National Coordinator and the HHS last week, Federal Trade Commission Attorney Cora Tung Han, who works in the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and the FDA's Policy Advisor Bakul Patel, who works at the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health helped explain how the two organizations work together when it comes to...
February 6, 2012
At the end of January the American Medical Association (AMA) offered up its second consumer facing smartphone app: Weigh What Matters. The free app, which is available for Apple iOS and Android devices, aims to help people work with their physicians to set up health goals and track their progress toward meeting them. The app includes weight, diet, and activity goals and tracking mechanisms....
January 30, 2012
This week's talk of the planned Facebook initial public offering got me thinking about a story from late last year: Which mobile health company is likely to IPO first? Some investors have already placed their bets.
At the end of November last year, investment bank and securities firm Goldman Sachs held a quiet, stealthy event that included presentations from about two dozen startups that the...
January 18, 2012
This week Sharecare announced that it had raised $14 million from Galen Partners and TomorrowVentures. The company has also acquired The Little Blue Book (TLBB) from Galen Partners and other investors in exchange for shares in Sharecare.
TLBB has been a popular reference tool for physicians for more than 20 years. Sharecare will make some of TLBB's content available on its platform so that users...
January 12, 2012
A new report from Research2Guidance estimates that the total 2011 revenues generated by mobile health apps, companion health devices and related services totaled $718 million, which marked a seven times increase over 2010's $100 million estimate. Still, the research firm said that mHealth is still in its "embryonic state" and it could grow substantially in the years to come. Mobile health...
January 4, 2012
Philadelphia-based insurer Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will release multiple mobile applications using Kony's middleware development platform, called KonyOne. The platform enables developers to create scalable apps that work across a number of devices and operating systems.
Kony's Write Once, Run Everywhere technology churns out apps that natively run on various operating systems, including iOS...