September 10, 2012
Agile Health, maker of an SMS-based smoking cessation program for employers and other group purchasers of health insurance, has raised $2 million in private equity to finance development of a similar offering for diabetes management, according to regulatory filings and published reports.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Agile Health disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last...
June 28, 2012
This week Glooko officially launched its MeterSync Cable and its companion Logbook app in Europe, which means iPhone users in European countries can now connect a handful of some of the most popular glucose meters to their phones to automatically upload data to a logbook app on the devices.
"We have also taken a step forward in Europe to provide some analytics for the data, which we can't do in...
April 16, 2012
Allscripts' recently launched Wand EHR iPad app
In late 2010 MobiHealthNews reported on one of the first announced integrations of data from a patient-facing mobile health application and an electronic medical record in use at a healthcare facility: WellDoc integrated its DiabetesManager program with Allscripts' EHR because that happened to be the system in use at WellDoc's partner site, George...
April 9, 2012
Washington, DC-based Medicaid managed care organization, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, is rolling out a pilot text messaging program for members with diabetes. The Medicaid plan is providing 50 of its members with the free messages, which will include tips about living with diabetes, as part of a broader program that includes in-person visits.
The texts aim to encourage patients to schedule annual...
July 27, 2011
The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) announced this week that they have issued grants totaling $477,150 to five organizations developing mHealth technologies for older adults with chronic health conditions. The grants are meant to support the one-year programs. The Center aims to find effective approaches to using mHealth in a variety of settings to improve healthcare. The investment comes...
May 25, 2011
Another mobile offering: Aetna's student health calorie tracker
This week health plan Aetna announced the launch of a text-based (SMS) service for members with diabetes to help them better manage their condition. Those Aetna members who opt to participate in the program will receive educational texts, SMS reminders about screenings and tests, meds, and tips. Initially only Aetna members who have...
May 16, 2011
The Boston Globe has a high-level overview of some recent (small scale) efficacy studies about mobile health as well as a few updates on Boston-area companies and individuals working in mobile health today.
"Often patients come in, and they sort of expect some magic cure,’’ Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Kimberly Parks told the Globe. “The truth is, most chronic illness requires...
April 21, 2011
Jack Hersey, GM, US Public Sector Health and Human Services, Microsoft
This week hospital group Denver Health, Microsoft, and EMC announced early results from a text message powered diabetes program that aimed to help patients better self manage their condition.
Denver Health sent patients text message reminders about upcoming appointments and asked patients to text in their daily glucose...
March 1, 2011
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin Personal Monitor
Think there’s not enough evidence to prove the efficacy of wireless, home-based patient monitoring?
Robin Felder, associate director of clinical chemistry and toxicology and a pathology professor at the University of Virginia, disputes that notion. Felder likes to cite a 2007 paper in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. That paper showed a 74...
April 12, 2010
Bayer is bringing the Nintendo DS enabled blood glucose meter, Didget, to the US next month, according to a report in BusinessWeek.
Inventor and entrepreneur Paul Wessel wanted his diabetic 4-year-old son, Luke, to stop hiding his glucose meter, so he found a way to pair one of Luke's treasured possessions, his Nintendo DS, with his least favorite. German healthcare company Bayer purchased Wessel...