digital health

By Aditi Pai 07:29 am July 6, 2015
Previous Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator participant, Yosko Sprint has announced that its accelerator will no longer focus specifically on digital health technologies, and instead will accept startups that are focusing on any mobile technology. The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, which first launched in September 2013, will now simply be referred to as the Sprint Accelerator. It will...
By Jonah Comstock 09:54 am June 2, 2015
A new survey of more than 1,500 teenagers in the US by the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University shows that a majority of teenagers go online to look for health information, though considerably fewer use digital health tools or wearables. According to the survey, 84 percent of teens have gotten health information online. Twenty-five percent say say they have gotten “a...
By Aditi Pai 09:58 am May 12, 2015
The top five markets for mobile health app companies in Europe include Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom, according to a survey of 5,000 app developers, healthcare professionals, and digital health practitioners. The survey, which was conducted by Research2Guidance in collaboration with HIMSS Europe, found that 55 percent of respondents ranked the UK as the top market....
By Aditi Pai 08:56 am May 7, 2015
Brigham and Women's Hospital has partnered with seed fund Rock Health to test and possibly integrate technologies from companies in Rock Health's portfolio, according to a Boston Business Journal post. The two organizations will launch the partnership this sumer and it is expected to last three years. Brigham and Women’s Executive Director of Brigham Innovation Hub Lesley Solomon told Boston...
By Aditi Pai 10:07 am May 6, 2015
As more and more health sensors are built into mobile devices, the global biometrics market is ramping up. The most recent prediction is that the market will hit $14.9 billion by 2024, up from $2 billion in 2015, according to a report from Tractica. The biometrics market will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.3 percent and cumulative revenue of $67.8 billion for the ten-year period,...
By Aditi Pai 09:08 am May 5, 2015
Fitbit Surge Two thirds of insurance company executives said they expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on the insurance industry, according to an Accenture survey of 200 insurance company execs. They survey included perspectives from all types of insurance companies, not just health insurance. The survey found that 63 percent think wearables will be widely adopted by the...
By Aditi Pai 06:51 am May 5, 2015
Weight Watchers has acquired San Francisco-based fitness app developer, Hot5, according to a report from TechCrunch. Hot5 was established in October 2012 and launched August 2013. The startup has developed two video workout apps, Hot5 Fitness and Vertical Escape Fitness Challenge, which are available for iOS devices. Both apps are free to download and offer a handful of workouts, but users need...
By Aditi Pai 08:20 am March 16, 2015
More collaboration between chief information officers (CIO) and chief marketing officers (CMO) at pharmaceutical companies could lead to more optimized use of digital technology, according to a survey from Accenture. Accenture interviewed 22 CIOs and 24 CMOs from pharmaceutical companies in eight countries that were bringing in at least $5 billion in annual revenues. While 91 percent of CIOs at...
By Brian Dolan 07:38 am January 27, 2015
A significant percentage of Medicare dollars will move to value-based care models and away from fee-for-service, if HHS meets its just announced three-year plan. Yesterday HHS set a goal to tie "30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by...
By Aditi Pai 06:44 am January 22, 2015
New York City-based smart ring developer Ringly raised $5.1 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, and PCH. Existing investors include First Round Capital, Mesa+, Social+Capital Partnership, and Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The company has created gold-plated rings that connect to the wearer's smartphone and alerts them about...