May 21, 2013
Following the same notion that speech recognition technology vendors have had about medicine needing customized electronic dictionaries to handle the specialized vocabulary, a British company is bringing medical terminology to texting and mobile typing – and positioning its product as a big money-saver.
KeyPoint Technologies, based in Glasgow, Scotland, this week introduced a set of industry-...
May 15, 2013
Is the placebo effect real even without the deceptive element of making people believe they are receiving a pharmaceutical treatment? One entrepreneur thinks so, and is looking for like-minded people to back him in hopes of bringing a mobile app to market this summer.
A Seattle-based startup called Placebo has developed an app called Placebo Effect that is intended to help people feel better...
May 14, 2013
Calgary Scientific claims its ResolutionMD Mobile diagnostic imaging app was the first of its kind to regulatory clearance for use on mobile devices, though competitor MIM Software gained Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for an iPhone app in January 2011, months before ResolutionMD did the same.
ResolutionMD was the first to earn Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for an...
April 8, 2013
A British-Australian company has entered the US market with a low-cost template for individual physicians, dentists, orthodontists and small practices to customize mobile apps.
The company, Lexington Creative, which has built an app for people with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder called ADHD Organizer and notably has designed a mobile app for Dick's Sporting Goods in the US, last month...
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 "...
November 20, 2012
When Epocrates officially filed its plans for a $75 million IPO in mid-2010, the point of care medical reference company said it had more than 1 million users across the globe. At the time it said about 40 percent of the physicians in the US used its applications. Two years later Epocrates still has about 1 million total users but about 50 percent of US doctors now use its apps. Epocrates' user...
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...
September 4, 2012
iSonea's AsthmaSense App
Medical technology company iSonea has raised $1.05 million in funding from Australian businessman Bruce Mathieson, who now owns about 15 percent of the company.
iSonea's CEO Michael Thomas explained that the funding would help the company build more of its medical devices' functionality into the smartphone platform: "iSonea is committed to developing innovative, non-...
August 21, 2012
According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, the Brazilian market is the second fastest growing BRIC market after China. Last year Brazil's health IT market generated revenues of $410 million, which is expected to hit $714 million by 2015. The country will also make up more than 47 percent of the Latin American market by 2015, according to the report.
The country's healthcare IT market...
July 23, 2012
WellFX, creator of an online and mobile social platform for healthcare providers and patients to manage chronic diseases, says it has received a reported $5 million investment from private investment company CMT Ventures. The Series A financing will allow Petaluma, Calif.-based WellFX to, among other things, complete two pilot tests of its technology, put the platform in general release and...