August 5, 2014
In the latest update to the iOS 8 beta, Apple added a number of health-related features, according to various reports. Most notably, the company added a data tracking capability for spirometry, which is data about how obstructed the lungs are collected by people with conditions like asthma or COPD.
Apple announced its Health app and HealthKit developer package at its WWDC event in June. The app...
May 6, 2014
Propeller Health, formerly Asthmapolis, has received FDA clearance for a platform that includes a new smart inhaler and is geared for patients with either asthma or COPD.
"Our goal is to minimize or eliminate exacerbations – that drives everything we do. Key to that, particularly as we move deeper into COPD, is optimizing both the patient and provider experience on Propeller," David Van Sickle,...
April 17, 2014
The Inspiromatic inhaler.
Biopharmaceutical company Opko Health has acquired Israeli smart inhaler company Inspiro Medical for a sum in "the low eight figures", according to Opko's Director of Strategic Investment Les Funtleyder. The company will be using Inspiro's Inspiromatic technology to develop an app-connected inhaler that will be bundled with a forthcoming new drug for asthma, COPD, and...
February 7, 2014
Boston-based LifeGuard Games is gearing up to launch a mobile game to teach children to manage their asthma. Wellapets, which is due to launch at the end of February, follows the mold of recently popular virtual pet games like Club Penguin or Moshi Monsters, but with an extra element of chronic disease management.
"I think doctors see there's value to be gained and not a lot of downside in terms...
September 10, 2013
Asthmapolis, the Madison-Wisconsin based smart inhaler company, is changing its name as it moves beyond both asthma treatment and GPS mapping. The company's rebranding as Propeller Health will correspond with a broadening of its offerings to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a lung condition similar to asthma except more likely to afflict an older population.
August 7, 2013
Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, is embarking on a 50-patient research project which will use mobile health technology to help show asthmatic children and teenagers where and how their worst asthma attacks occur. Zephyr Technology, maker of wearable vitals monitoring system BioHarness, is providing technology for the program, as is Asthmapolis, a startup that makes GPS-enabled...
December 10, 2012
Rather than partner with an existing sensor maker, AT&T has created its own device to measure pollutants that could set off asthma attacks and warn people with asthma that it may not be safe to spend a lot of time outside.
The telecommunications giant, through its AT&T ForHealth initiative, previewed the sensor, called Asthma Triggers, at last week's mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Md...
October 29, 2012
By Padma Nagappan
While healthcare is shifting from provider-centered episodic care to outcome-based, patient-centered care, at least one speaker at last week's Wireless Health 2012 event believes that more personalized air quality data should be a part of the healthcare discussion, too. In chronic conditions like asthma and cancer, environmental exposures play a major role in disease development...
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-...
April 20, 2010
Cleveland Clinic optimizes website for mobile: The Cleveland Clinic has launched a mobile version of its website that will allow smartphone users to search for doctors and access general information about the hospital, according to a report over at MedCity News. The clinic's new mobile site is m.ClevelandClinic.org. According to data analytics firm Experian Hitwise, Cleveland Clinic's website has...