May 1, 2013
Plano, Texas-based remote monitoring startup Intuitive Health has finally emerged from stealth mode with a new name, Vivify Health. At the end of January, MobiHealthNews reported that the company, which offers a cloud-based device-agnostic remote monitoring software, had raised $3.4 million from undisclosed sources. Our January report also noted that the company was participating in a pilot with...
April 9, 2013
In a recent blog post about its quarterly funding round-up, San Francisco-based health incubator Rock Health wrote that it's "hearing WellDoc will be the first major acquisition announced in Q2." Given WellDoc's stature in mobile health, such a deal would be quite a story.
MedCity News was sure to mention the prediction in its coverage of Rock Health's funding report and VentureBeat appeared to...
March 11, 2013
Last month, Vitality made their GlowCap pill container caps available for direct-to-consumer purchase from CVS. The company has also been quietly developing a new product, the Vitality GlowPack, a customizable pouch which provides similar functionality to the GlowCap. The advantage to the GlowPack is that it can be used it for medications larger than pills.
CVS Caremark and Vitality GlowCaps are...
March 9, 2013
Nuance's MD survey on voice-enabled, virtual assistants
Ahead of the big event in New Orleans, Nuance Communications surveyed 10,000 doctors in the US about how virtual assistants, think Apple's iPhone voice query tool Siri, might affect healthcare. Based on the survey, 80 percent of US physicians believe that they will "drastically change" how they interact with and use EHRs and other healthcare...
February 15, 2013
Philips GoSafe: The latest PERS offering from Philips Lifeline. Like every other commercially available PERS offering, it does not claim to prevent falls.
According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury death among older adults and the number one reason for hospital admissions for trauma. Falls are a serious problem for older people living at home, and a burden on our healthcare...
February 8, 2013
Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson
Verizon announced the election of Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson to its board of directors, just a week after AT&T added retired Humana CEO Michael McCallister to its board.
Wasson has been Walgreens CEO since 2009, working his way up within the company from pharmacy intern in 1980. Walgreens has been a strong driver of mobile health engagement, with a hugely...
January 30, 2013
Cloud-based patient monitoring company Intuitive Health has raised $3.4 million, according to an SEC filing first spotted by the Dallas Business Journal. The company isn't yet willing to talk much more about the funding raise; CEO Eric Rock told MobiHealthNews in an email that they are still in stealth mode. This appears to be the company's first public funding raise.
Although the Plano, Texas-...
December 11, 2012
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 85 percent of American adults own a mobile phone, and 80 percent of those mobile phone owners use their phone to send and receive text messages. Yet the only way to contact emergency services in the event of a fire, health emergency, or criminal activity is still by dialing 9-1-1 and making a phone call.
In August of last year, FCC chairman...
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...
December 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Mark Wynn, William Shrank, and CMMI Innovation Award winners Kevin Volpp, Deborah Stewart, and David Goodman
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's opening keynote set the tone for an mHealth Summit with a notable, but not unexpected, payer presence. In 2010 MobiHealthNews wrote about the changing role of the payer in health care, predicting that payers would soon help drive the mobile...