March 20, 2013
We are live blogging day two of the Congressional hearings on FDA regulation of mobile medical apps. Hit "refresh" on your browser every few minutes for updates! (Liveblogging is now concluded!)
1200PM: With that Rep. Pitts concludes the hearing after saying it has been a very interesting hearing on an important issue. Members may have follow-up questions and they have 10 business days to submit...
February 7, 2013
Frog Design Executive Creative Director Fabio Sergio has published a must-read essay on healthcare innovation over at Frog Design's site, arguing not only that developments like Big Data and wearable devices will improve healthcare, but also that they will -- and should -- fundamentally change the healthcare system and the meaning of roles like patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional....
January 25, 2013
Circa 2009: Topol (middle) hanging out with Seal at a GQ Magazine photo shoot.
Digital health is ready for prime time.
Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, chief academic officer of San Diego-based Scripps Health and one of GQ's 2009 "Rock Stars of Science", was featured Thursday night on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams, and he showed off a number of...
January 17, 2013
Digital health apps and services for health issues related to pregnancy, fertility, and conception have been available for years now. Even way back in early 2009 when we conducted our very first health and medical apps report we found that already 250 apps related to women's health issues were available for iPhone users. Our most recent count puts the figure closer to 1,000. Beyond apps there is...
January 15, 2013
Innovation almost by rule drives cost down in other industries, but not so much in healthcare. "Healthcare is unique in that every added feature increases the cost," Dr. Diego Miralles, head of Janssen Healthcare Innovation, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, said last week during a live TEDMED webcast.
One exception to that rule, however, is generic drugs,...
January 11, 2013
This was the first year that personal emergency response service (PERS) provider Philips Lifeline setup a booth at the massive Consumer Electronic Show, where it launched GoSafe, a cellular-enabled, mobile version of its popular Lifeline PERS service. For the past few years companies like MobileHelp, GreatCall, Verizon, AT&T, Lifecomm, SecuraTrac, Vesag and others have announced or...
January 8, 2013
Just weeks after disclosing it had raised $13.3 million in venture capital, mobile clinical software developer PatientSafe Solutions has upped the total to $20 million to close its Series C financing round, the company said Monday.
The Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, a unit of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., led the round, which also included Camden Partners, TPG Capital and Psilos...
January 3, 2013
As the new year kicks off so, too, do the predictions for mobile and digital health. Pundits ranging from physician consultants and startup CEOs to investors and research analysts were busy last month assembling a wide array of predictions and trends lists for the coming year. Below is MobiHealthNews' roundup of some of the best:
At a recent conference organized by The Economist, venture...
January 2, 2013
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere acquired wireless remote patient monitoring company MedApps last summer for an undisclosed sum, but according to Alere's SEC filings, the most that Alere will potentially have to pay for MedApps – based on an undisclosed earn-out structure – is $22 million. The earn-out time period runs through mid-January 2015. MobiHealthNews broke the news of Alere's MedApps...
December 6, 2012
One out of every three adults in the US will buy a digital health product of some kind in the next year, Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said -- citing data from an upcoming CEA survey -- during his luncheon keynote at HIMSS' mHealth Summit this week. With the exception of that prediction, Shapiro largely steered clear of the consumer health conversation and...