September 4, 2013
By Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs, athenahealth
In 2011 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance seeking to clarify its intentions with regard to regulation of mobile health information technology (“mhealth IT”). The Agency solicited and received public comment. Thereafter began a nearly two-year waiting game that continues to this day and has more than a few mobile...
August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product.
With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...
August 7, 2013
According to a survey conducted by athenahealth subsidiary Epocrates, almost 50 percent of all clinicians in the US are using smartphones, tablets, and desktops -- all three of these devices -- in professional capacities throughout their workday. This second annual survey included responses from 1,063 clinicians in May.
In a similar survey that Epocrates conducted last year, the company found...
May 9, 2013
One again, Epocrates tops the list as the most popular app for physicians, according to Manahattan Research's Taking the Pulse 2013 survey results. Of the 2,950 physicians surveyed, Epocrates was used by 70 percent of physicians via their smartphones and 50 percent via tablet devices.
Epocrates, which was acquired by athenahealth in January, provides physicians with a range of medical reference...
April 17, 2013
The most important thing about a thermometer isn't that it takes your temperature. What's important about a thermometer, according to Kinsa Health founder Inder Singh, is that it's already the go-to device for home diagnosis of illness.
"The thermometer is the single most important device," Singh told MobiHealthNews, "the first device any parent or doctor uses to confirm illness."
March 25, 2013
Cloud-based EHR and practice management vendor AthenaHealth inked a deal with Aetna's mobile health group iTriage to include Athena's network of providers into iTriage's symptom navigator, provider locator, and appointment booking app. The partnership is particularly notable because Athena recently completed the acquisition of major medical app developer Epocrates, which counted hundreds of...
January 7, 2013
AthenaHealth, a provider of cloud-based EHR and practice management software, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Epocrates, a popular mobile medical app provider, for about $293 million in cash. Epocrates agreed to the offer, which was specifically $11.75 per share, a 22 percent premium over Epocrates closing price last Friday. Piper Jaffray & Co. and Cooley advised Epocrates on the...
May 22, 2012
Almost three months ago Epocrates announced that it was pulling back on it long-awaited mobile-focused EHR offering for small physician practices to focus on its core offerings, mobile medical apps for physicians. Since the EHR initiative was shutdown Epocrates has been fairly quiet.
Last week athenahealth CEO and co-founder Jonathan Bush brought up Epocrates during the Q&A period that...