March 20, 2015
You can't avoid the term "patient engagement" in healthcare today, and for good reason.
Health Affairs explains that "'patient activation' refers to a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care," while "'patient engagement' is a broader concept that combines patient activation with interventions designed to increase activation and promote...
March 18, 2015
Seventy percent of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67 percent of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The report analyzed app offerings from 79 health insurance companies from around the world.
The report follows on the heels of a similar look at the pharmaceutical...
March 3, 2015
In just a few short years smart mobile devices have become indispensable tools for clinicians. As device adoption peaks for providers, a growing number of digital health tools are now literally at clinicians' fingertips: clinical decision support software, patient education apps, smartphone-connected medical devices, secure messaging software, and many more.
While some providers have brought apps...
October 22, 2014
Bethesda, Maryland-based cellular-enabled blood glucose meter company Telcare has raised $32.5 million led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from Mosaic Health Solutions and existing backers The Qualcomm Life Fund and Sequoia Capital. The latest round of funding takes Telcare's total disclosed funding to north of $60 million.
Telcare offers a diabetes management package that includes...
October 20, 2014
Last week the FDA granted 510(k) clearance to a mobile-based cognitive test called DANA (Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment), which helps healthcare providers better assess the medical or psychological state of their patients. DANA was developed by Silver Spring, Maryland-based AnthroTronix, a digital health R&D company, and it was developed partially thanks to funding from the US...
August 19, 2014
Mountain View-based Listrunner raised $500,000 for its newly launched app, which helps physicians stay organized while doing their rounds, according to a post from VentureBeat.
The app puts patient notes, lists, and tasks in one place so that physicians can input all information related to their patient while doing their rounds. Listrunner says its app also makes for easier handoff between care...
July 8, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare has released its second patient-facing app, called Intermountain Health Hub. The app, available from both the iOS AppStore and the Google Play store, contains a number of different features and functions for Intermountain patients including medical reference information, information for locating care, and access to health records.
The app has...
June 16, 2014
As MobiHealthNews noted last week in the introduction to our In-Depth report on Apple's Health app feature set, the FDA made a rare move on Wednesday by adding a new description for a type of mobile medical app that it would not regulate as a medical device. The FDA has actually added a total of four such new descriptions to its list in 2014.
It just so happened that the latest app description to...
May 21, 2014
San Diego-based Independa, which has developed a telehealth platform for seniors, has raised about $2.8 million in its second round of funding, according an SEC filing. The company announced part of the round last October when it had raised $1.85 million of the round, which it said was led by longtime backer City Hill Ventures.
Previous investors in the company include LG Electronics USA, which...
May 16, 2014
About nine months ago -- in September 2013 -- the MobiHealthNews team published results from an exhaustive search of Apple’s AppStore and the Google Play store for apps that were developed by or on behalf of hospitals and healthcare systems in the US. At the time we found more than 200 health-related apps in this category.
This list of apps is particularly important for hospital marketing...