June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash.
Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...
November 16, 2011
In the US, 63 percent of mobile phone subscribers in the 25-34 age demographic own smartphones, according to a new survey from Nielsen. Apple is the most popular hardware manufacturer, producing 23 percent of all smartphones, but Android takes the top operating system title with 43 percent of the market.
About 18 percent of those aged 65 years and older are now using smartphones, up from 12...
October 26, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to acquires as many as 100,000 tablets, primarily for use by their medical clinicians staff, marking one of the largest such deployments by a civilian agency, according to a bulletin on the government's Federal Business Opportunities website. The VA is also seeking vendors to help them secure the devices.
The VA plans to deploy a number...
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...
October 28, 2010
"Your body is mobile. Shouldn't your health information be, too?" That's the lead-off in the new promotional video for Quest Diagnostics smartphone app, Gazelle, which gives millions of Americans access to their lab results directly on their iPhone or BlackBerry. Gazelle users become the ones in control of their lab data and other personal health data, according to Quest. The smartphone...
September 29, 2010
Amcom Software, makers of Amcom Mobile Connect -- a smartphone-based pager replacement offering for hospitals, announced seven healthcare organizations have begun using Mobile Connect since its launch. Emory University, Park Nicollet Health Services, St. John’s Hospital, Inova Health System, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, NorthBay Healthcare, and Mary Washington Healthcare have each...
August 16, 2010
$10K for sensor-enabled mobile health app: West Wireless Health Institute offers $10,000 to app developers that create a health app that leverages a wireless sensor: "Design a secure, standardizable mechanism that will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. For clarity, a 'mechanism...
July 9, 2010
Text4Baby partnership base continues to expand: Health Net Federal Services, a government contracting group within parent company Health Net, has built on its partnership with Text4Baby, a free mobile text messaging service for pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby's first year. HealthNet is now promoting text4baby to United States service members, active duty and retired, and...
June 2, 2010
Excel Venture Management and angel investors have provided $2.3 million in seed funding for San Francisco-based Snaptic, maker of the 3Banana note-taking app for Android and iPhone smartphones. What attracted the investors to Snaptic? According to a report in Venture Wire, the app's ability to help users record and keep information on their fitness, diet and health was the reason, Snaptic's CEO...
June 2, 2010
From a functionality standpoint, PatientKeeper's application is essentially the same regardless of which platform a user is on: BlackBerry, iPhone, PC, or even the newest platform for PK, Apple's iPad. For the past ten years, PatientKeeper has focused on making it easier for physicians to access and work with patient information from whatever device is move convenient and efficient for them....