June 23, 2010
By Rob Havasy (@rob_havasy), Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health
Recent announcements about smartphone data plan pricing by AT&T and Verizon have the Internet and the mHealth world buzzing. Both companies have announced a move away from flat-rate, unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data plans where users are charged for amounts of data used above a...
June 9, 2010
Partners Healthcare spinoff Hop Skip Connect (based partially on the Partners blood pressure program SmartBeat) has renamed to Healthrageous and announced a $6 million first round of investment. North Bridge Venture Partners led the investment round while Egan Managed Capital and Long River Ventures also participated.
Healthrageous has developed a health technology platform that provides...
May 12, 2010
"Healthy behavior. Everyone. Everyday. Everyway." That's the ambitious mantra that the Center for Connected Health's spinout, HopSkipConnect has adopted as its company's mandate, according to CEO Rick Lee during a presentation here at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event in La Jolla, California.
While the startup is still in a stealth mode of sorts, Lee sketched out some of the company's...
March 29, 2010
Pew Internet Research recently published a report that notes that for patients with two chronic illnesses, 52 percent are Internet users. Another Pew study found that 27 percent of patients over 65 years old define themselves as "e-patients". The director of the Center for Connected Health, Joseph Kvedar, points to the latest Pew Research in the first post of his new Connected Health (cHealth)...
March 24, 2010
While Vitality, the maker of GlowCaps announced this week that it had inked a deal with AT&T to provide cellular connectivity for its medication adherence service, the real news is that Vitality has tapped Telit for its embedded wireless module. (MobiHealthNews reported on Vitality's deal with AT&T more than six months ago -- revisit it here.)
Vitality GlowCaps illuminate, play a melody,...
February 4, 2010
It's a simple question: Do mobile health tools require a doctor's prescription? Or will the main driver for mHealth services bubble up from consumers and patients largely without care providers weighing in?
Throughout the keynote sessions at the mHealth Initiative's event in Washington D.C. this week, the focus was squarely on care providers' adoption of mobile technologies, their integration to...
January 27, 2010
As expected, Apple unveiled its new tablet device, the iPad, and it dominated the news cycle this week. Apple positioned the device as a new platform positioned at the intersection of the "liberal arts and technology" -- a clear indication that the healthcare industry was not its top of mind use case. Despite recent news that Apple has been pursuing a mobile EHR pilot with Epic Systems, the iPad...
January 27, 2010
The iPad definitely helps bridge some of the gaps currently present in the mobile [device continuum]. Workflow is the key to adoption and utilization in healthcare. I think the iPad will be a catalyst. - Tom Herzog, VP IT and Medical Device Technologies, Cerner
I think [the iPad is big news for healthcare providers and patients]. Despite its lack of a camera, the iPad will push healthcare away...
January 20, 2010
Rob Havasy, a business analyst at the Boston-based Center for Connected Health, which is a part of the Partners Healthcare group, penned a thoughtful column on the state of the mHealth market. Havasy's central point is that mobile health solutions need to be "meaningful" and "available" to all patients. That's certainly an ideal wireless health service providers should be working towards.
December 17, 2009
Earlier this year, Boston-based health system Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health spun out a startup initially focused on a high blood pressure management service. The startup was temporarily named "Connected Health," while it shopped around for venture capital and a better brand name. Today the Center for Connected Health announced that the startup will be called SmartBeat....