October 24, 2013
Leslie Saxon, executive director of the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California, says there's no better connected device on which to reach an audience than a mobile phone. And on that mobile phone, go to where the consumer is -- social media. At the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium in Boston, Saxon highlighted four key ways that her team is reaching out...
August 29, 2013
Audax Health Solutions has announced a $20 million funding raise led by Navigy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional contributors to the round include former Aetna CEO and current Audax board member Jack Rowe and Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook.
This round is the company's first publicly-announced equity raise, although the company reports it...
April 10, 2013
Only four months into 2013, we've already seen several big moves from companies presenting as "health social networks."
In late January, Audax Health raised $21 million for its social network Zensey, and announced a partnership with Cigna. In February, employee wellness program Keas announced a new product that signaled a pivot into the health social network sphere. Last week, OneHealth raised $9...
December 11, 2012
By most quantifiable measures Nike+ is the dominant digital fitness offering on the market today. The Nike+ ecosystem currently includes smartphone apps, simple accelerometer shoe inserts, pre-loaded software on the iPod Nano, and its latest addition, the wrist-worn Nike+ Fuel Band. While at least two third party apps are already leveraging Nike+ data from its (soon to open) APIs, Nike made a...
September 6, 2012
Now I think I get it.
After watching this promo video for the new Withings WS-30 wireless scale, I understand why there are so many mobile and wireless health and fitness products aimed at the young and hip. It doesn't take a degree in marketing to figure out that young, toned bodies move product better than old, sick ones, so it should come as no surprise that the Withings video features a...
May 7, 2012
Over the weekend Doximity, the health app developer led by the founders of Epocrates, has teamed up with Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association (SUMCAA) to create an app that lets graduates and trainees from the school to find each other and connect.
Doximity, which launched toward the end of 2010, describes itself as a medical communications platform that uses social networking...
September 28, 2011
Wrist-worn wellness device maker Basis announced this week that its advisory board includes an executive at Facebook as well as the co-founders of RedOctane, co-creators of the Guitar Hero series.
The advisory team includes Kevin Colleran, long-time executive at Facebook and one of its first ten employees; Kai and Charles Huang, co-founders of RedOctane and creators of Guitar Hero; Patrick McGill...
August 31, 2011
Facebook's head of mobile products, Erick Tseng, has joined the board of directors of mobile medical apps publisher Epocrates. According to a recently filed SEC document, Tseng will serve on Epocrates' board at least until the company's 2012 annual meeting of stockholders. Tseng's has held previous positions at Google, McKinsey, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Before Facebook Tseng was senior product...
May 4, 2011
NeuroVigil, the La Jolla, Calif.-based neurotechnology company that created the non-invasive iBrain wireless EEG sensor, announced Monday that it had closed on its first round of venture financing. The unspecified investment was led by "an anonymous American industrialist and technology visionary, with participants distributed across the U.S. West and East coasts," the company says in a press...