September 21, 2011
ZocDoc a free iPhone, Android, or web app that enables users to schedule dentist and doctor appointments launched in the greater Boston area last week. ZocDoc's database includes user reviews of providers, which insurance they accept, and other relevant background information to help potential patients determine the best provider for them. Users can also find out ahead of time whether they will...
September 8, 2011
By many accounts BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is on the ropes.
Early last year RIM's devices were far and away the most popular smartphones among US smartphone users. Analyst firm comScore found that the company had about 42 percent of the US smartphone market in February 2011. Apple, Google, Microsoft trailed.
Fast forward to July 2011: The Nielsen Company found that RIM's marketshare in...
July 13, 2011
The eighth annual Healthcare Unbound conference revealed a tension in the m-health marketplace between cutting-edge technology and ease of use.
According to Yan Chow, director of innovation and advanced technology for Kaiser Permanente, there are more than 9,000 health-related smartphone apps on the market right now, most segmented by phone operating system. But, noted AT&T Mobility's...
June 6, 2011
Sean Nolan, the chief architect of the Microsoft Health Solutions Group announced last week that Microsoft's PHR platform HealthVault has broken free from the desktop and gone mobile.
HealthVault users who visit the HealthVault website from their mobile devices will now find a mobile optimized layout. Microsoft has also built client libraries for developers so they can create applications that...
May 23, 2011
According to an interview with the general manager of the MEMS division of STMicroelectronics, Benedetto Vigna, smartphones will soon offer up a whole slew of new embedded sensors that could help to make mobile health services more accessible.
Vigna, whose company creates sensors for mobile devices, told the New York Times that he expects more sensors to find their way into our mobile phones...
March 15, 2011
Endomondo, the startup that developed the Endomondo Sports Tracker app, raised $800,000 in its first round of funding from SEED Capital, the largest venture fund in Denmark. The app provides GPS tracking of and distance-based sport, according to the company, and already has more than 2.3 million downloads. The app receives about 10,000 new downloads per day and counts users in more than 200...
January 3, 2011
A new partnership with BodyMedia shows that Sprint has finally woken up to the consumer health opportunity.
BodyMedia, which develops connected fitness devices and mobile applications, has inked a deal with mobile operator Sprint to embed 3G cellular connectivity into its BodyMedia FIT Armband. BodyMedia already offers a number of devices that help users track calorie burn, activity levels and...
October 28, 2010
Last week we wrote about the Pew Internet & American Life Project's report on mobile health apps adoption, which the research group pegged at 9 percent among US adults with mobile phones. To my surprise during this past week a number of publications covered this report as a sign of "weak" adoption for mobile health. Weak! Really?
On Pew's site the report's author, Susannah Fox teased the...
October 27, 2010
This week the United States Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it had partnered with its agency, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) created a smartphone application, called T2 Mood Tracker, to help members of the military who have been deployed track their mood and stress levels. The app specifically tracks anxiety, depression, general well-being, life stress, post...
June 8, 2010
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
The Health 2.0 Conference convened its first meeting in Washington, DC, today, with public sector health leaders and private sector innovators coming together in a Great Big Kumbayah. This conference featured two prominent and key players absent from previous Health 2.0 Conferences: patients on every panel, and the Federal government punctuating the start, the middle, and...