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...
August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...
July 14, 2009
MYLEstone Health's Matt Tendler has a worthwhile column today over at Diabetes Health that describes the landscape for diabetes management tools on smartphones -- with a special emphasis on the iPhone. MYLEstone created the popular Glucose Buddy iPhone app.
mobihealthnews recently broke the news that Glucose Buddy had inked a deal with Roche to embed some of its diabetes management tools into the...