Apps

epic, cerner, allscripts signs from HIMSS18 convention booths
By Bill Siwicki September 10, 2018
Major electronic health record systems vendors are pretty innovative companies when it comes to keeping their products up to date with the changing requirements of delivering healthcare at health systems, hospitals and group practices. But there is only so much big companies can do, and further, sometimes the perspective from an innovative upstart developer can shed light on new features and...
Patient using a phone app to manage prescription
By Leontina Postelnicu August 16, 2018
Cambridge, England-based health tech company Healthera has raised $3.8 million (£3 million) in a Series A funding round led by Accelerated Digital Ventures, with participation from Cambridge Enterprise and Future Care Capital, to accelerate its expansion across the UK and ‘triple the size of [its] commercial force’, according to Managing Director Martin Hao. Healthera’s solution, already listed...
Nick Hopkinson
By Nick Hopkinson August 6, 2018
The stated mission of Babylon is global and ambitious, “to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth”. They seem to be making good progress. Already 30% of the population of Rwanda, over 2 million people, have accessed their app-based primary care services and a recent deal with Chinese firm Tencent puts Babylon’s AI into the hands of the one billion...
Hospital touchscreen.
By Leontina Postelnicu December 8, 2017
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new app that uses gaming and augmented reality in a drive to improve patient care through digital. Children can choose and name their very own avatar which can then help them understand their hospital visit in order to keep them calm during their stay, using a ‘reward’ system after procedures that allows them to  access additional...
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2017
Two years after launching its smoking cessation app Quitter's Circle, pharmaceutical company Pfizer is seeing impressive continued engagement with the app. It's also applying the lessons learned from Quitter's Circle toward other mobile health pursuits — including a recently-launched app for people living with cancer. "We can do surveys right in the app," Mark Pizzini, Pfizer's digital strategy...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Smartphone apps designed for those with depression can significantly reduce users’ symptoms, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. While the findings are limited to those with mild-to-moderate depression, the apps’ consistent effect across age and gender suggest that the benefits are wide reaching. "The majority of people in developed countries own smartphones, including...
By Dave Muoio September 19, 2017
Healthcare is becoming more decentralized every day thanks to new technologies and a growing emphasis on consumer-focused services, according to presentations at the Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Boston today. But even as telehealth, wearables, virtual reality, and other technologies disrupt familiar models of health care delivery, a greater shift in culture and policy will be...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
About a third of internet-connected people worldwide currently track their health and fitness via an online or mobile app or a wearable according to a new survey by Gfk, who conducted an online survey of more than 20,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 16 countries. "These findings demonstrate the attraction that health and fitness monitoring has within much wider groups than just the obvious...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2013
Novartis Oncology, a division of the Switzerland-based  pharmaceutical company, has added two new free Apple and Android apps to its catalog: My NET Manage and Clinical Trial Seek. Interestingly, one of their most high-profile apps, VaxTrak, has now disappeared from the Apple and Google Play stores. My NET Manager is an app for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (or NET) to help them manage and...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2012
Bant: A diabetes management app The role of evidence in mobile health app development -- and the level of scrutiny such apps should be subjected to -- is still an open question.  At the mHealth Summit 2012, a variety of speakers from different sectors of the market offered their opinions on what, exactly, is meant by evidence and on the perennial question of the value of randomized controlled...