May 28, 2019
Dr. Roni Zeiger, cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and ex-chief health strategist at Google, is leaving his startup after seven years to join Facebook as the social network giant's Head of Health Strategy, a position Facebook appears to have newly created.
Zeiger quietly announced the news in a post on his own blog entitled "An Opportunity I Can’t Resist." Based on that short post, it appears...
March 28, 2016
Two health-related Google logos that recently appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database are not for a resurrected Google Health or for a forthcoming product, but are instead the logos of Google acquisition DeepMind Health and its first app, Streams.
SlashGear first spotted that the company had filed trademarks for two new health-related logos and speculated as to whether it...
September 11, 2014
Google has acquired San Francisco-based Lift Labs, a company that is developing smart utensils for people with Parkinson’s and essential tremor. Lift Labs will join Google[x], which is Google's secretive innovation lab.
Lift Labs is not to be confused with activity and posture tracking wearable device maker Lumo Body Tech, which offers a device called Lumo Lift.
Lift Labs has raised $1 million in...
September 2, 2014
The one big piece of information Aetna hasn't shared about the shutdown of its CarePass health data platform is the very one everyone wants to know: Why? Over the last week, there's been plenty of speculation about a number of possible explanations.
Three years ago, after a similar high-profile shuttering, MobiHealthNews wrote a popular post called "10 Reasons why Google Health failed," where we...
July 8, 2014
During a fireside chat at the annual Khosla Ventures CEO summit, investor Vinod Khosla talked to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin about Google becoming a health company one day. As David Shaywitz wrote in a column for Forbes, Page and Brin see their company's health initiatives as "cool" projects, but they argue because of all the red tape in healthcare they are ultimately not...
June 13, 2014
On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly updated its list of mobile medical applications that it would not regulate. It added a description of an app that fairly well describes Apple's recently announced Health app. The addition comes just a day after the FDA responded to a three-month old Freedom of Information Act request from a tech publication about its meeting with Apple...
June 5, 2014
Where are the HealthKit skeptics? Apple didn't provide a whole lot of meat during its three-minute introduction to its health data aggregation platform, HealthKit, and its consumer-facing companion app, Health. Still, I would have expected more skeptics to come out with a better case against HealthKit's prospects. So far they have mostly just been the expected but weak comparisons to untethered...
February 21, 2014
Without a doubt patient engagement is one of the more important trends in healthcare and health IT right now. Over the past few years the tools that look to enable patient engagement between providers and patients have changed markedly. It is important to note, however, that the tools themselves are just a small part of the story -- they can go a long way toward improving patient engagement,...
January 27, 2014
More than a few MobiHealthNews readers were less than impressed by the predictions made in the PSFK and Intel report on wearables we covered last week. Here's one:
Everydayfella: "There is exactly a 0 percent chance that implantables will be mainstream or even a viable marketplace by 2018... or 2028 for that matter. Good rule of thumb: Whatever an R&D scientist tells you for time-to-market,...
January 21, 2014
Google got the digital health community talking in the past few weeks as its meeting with the FDA first emerged in reports sparse on details. Soon after the company announced its Google[x] team's project for glucose sensing contact lenses, which more than one MobiHealthNews reader has panned as a non-starter.
Perhaps even more interestingly, the company's high-profile acquisition of smart...