March 17, 2010
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: "We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!"
Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide...
January 13, 2010
Wireless continues wireline cannibalization: According to report from the CDC, preliminary results from the January-June 2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes that only use mobile phones (no landlines) continues to increase. Some 22.7 percent of U.S. homes only used mobile phones during the first six months of 2009. That marks an increase of 2.5...
November 9, 2009
According to the CDC, one in three people 65-years-old and older fall each year, and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, mostly caused by falls. Also, one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. As we have noted before, wireless sensors can play a big role in fall prevention. Hospitals are currently testing the $100 iShoe for some patients; AT&T, Texas Instruments...
October 27, 2009
The Verizon Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to expand the Center for Connected Health's text messaging program that aims to help keep at-risk pregnant women engaged in their health and to provide ongoing prenatal and post-natal support for them. The grant will help the Partners HealthCare subsidiary examine the "feasibility and acceptability" of text messaging to offer health care services...
September 28, 2009
Last week the key stakeholders in the Text4Baby maternal health initiative met at the White House. The service, which plans to provide free tips to mothers three times a week before their baby's birth, includes reminders to take a multi-vitamin, to get a flu shot, and so on. After the birth, the mother is reminded about vaccinations, and other health issues. When it was originally announced in...
September 28, 2009
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a pilot that leverages text messaging to send information about the H1N1 (swine flu) and other health topics. The pilot is a three month long study that will also include feedback surveys from users to help the CDC better use the platform moving forward.
Unfortunately, the pilot does not make use of free to end user text messages, so...
July 29, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the medical costs of treating obesity-related diseases topped $147 billion in 2008, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.
During the past decade that cost of treating obesity effectively doubled: The medical costs associated with obesity were pegged at $74 billion in 1998. The number of obese people in the U.S. rose ...
April 21, 2009
David Van Sickle, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is developing a GPS add-on for asthmatics' inhalers to map where and when environmental exposures cause asthma symptoms. When detected the device will alert users and encourage them to puff on the "rescue inhaler."
March 10, 2009
John Walls, Vice President of Public Affairs for CTIA, a leading wireless industry association, recently interviewed the Center for Disease Control's Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt, who serves as the CDC's Director of the National Center for Health Marketing.
"Mobile communications is absolutely going to revolutionize not just health communications, not just public health, but, I believe, health in...