May 8, 2012
Last November Physicians Interactive, which offer the popular Skyscape series of medical apps, began consolidating its many wares into one "destination" app, called Skyscape Medical Resources. The app is free to download but this week it topped Apple's list of "Top Grossing" apps in the medical category. It's the only top 10 grossing app on the list that's free to download.
While the Skyscape...
April 24, 2012
Three healthcare facilities have made announcements in recent days about new mobile health app offerings, mobile vendor partners, or the time and cost efficiencies brought about by past mobile device deployments.
Boston Children's Hospital announced this week the launch of a new mobile app, called Boston Children's Hospital MyWay, which offers access to information on more than 1,000 physicians,...
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...
January 5, 2012
David Passavant, the senior director of consumer innovation at UPMC Health Plan, which is owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, sees the advent of mobile health apps as an important tool for unraveling the "incredibly complex and confusing" world of health insurance for consumers.
In an interview with Smart Business, Passavant noted that by the end of 2012 most health insurance...
September 28, 2011
Happtique, a spin out from Greater New York Hospital Association Ventures, announced this week that 11 healthcare organizations will beta test its app store for healthcare professionals. The trial will last eight weeks, after which more organizations can sign up for the service, according to the group.
Happtique curates medical and healthcare applications for healthcare enterprises and breaks...
September 9, 2011
This week the Federal Trade Commission made an unprecedented move to remove two medical apps from the Apple AppStore and Android Market on grounds that they made unsubstantiated efficacy claims. The apps both offered "light therapy" to treat a user's acne. Both developers were ordered to pay back the monies they made by selling the apps to consumers.
While app stores have offered a number of apps...
August 23, 2011
A recent report from Technavio predicts that the global mobile health applications market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent between 2010 and 2014. The research firm believes that one of the "key factors" that will contribute to this growth is the growth of remote patient monitoring. The firm cautioned that "poor FDA regulations could hinder the growth" in mobile health...
August 19, 2011
The MedKenya Android App
It's widely accepted that the rise of low-cost smartphones in developing nations will play an important role in accelerating mHealth adoption. An Android-based smartphone called IDEOS that retails for $80, developed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, has already reached more than 350,000 users in Kenya. According to a new article by Jeremy Ford for Singularity Hub, these...
July 13, 2011
Skyscape's CardioSource mobile app, which features the latest research in the cardiology field, has been downloaded more than 14,000 times since it became available in the iTunes AppStore in early April. The app is a collaboration with the American College of Cardiology (ACC). It's free to download for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and also available for BlackBerry and Android.
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...