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By Brian Dolan 11:28 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 07:17 am 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,...
By Brian Dolan 06:35 am 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,...
By Brian Dolan 06:25 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 08:06 am January 17, 2014
Google has officially announced its intentions to develop smart contact lenses, as a noninvasive method of measuring blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, according to Google's blog. "At Google[x], we wondered if miniaturized electronics—think: chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair—might be a way to crack the mystery of tear...
By Neil Versel 05:13 am August 7, 2013
The convergence of mobile devices, wearable health monitors, social media and advanced analytics is starting to shift healthcare consumers away from Google and other Internet search engines toward automated, more personalized methods of finding relevant health information, according to a newly published report. "Today, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, most people begin...
By Jonah Comstock 04:00 am June 25, 2013
Keas, the corporate wellness platform founded by Google Health vet Adam Bosworth in 2009, has announced an $8 million investment round, new customers and partners. The round was led by existing partners Atlantic Ventures and Ignition Partners. Keas hasn't raised money since the end of 2011, when it raised $6.5 million. Total funding for the company now stands at $25.5 million. The current...
By Brian Dolan 04:02 am April 23, 2013
Google's former Chief Health Strategist Roni Zeiger MD and Gilles Frydman, founder of the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR), announced the launch of Smart Patients, a new online community for cancer patients and caregivers, at the TEDMED event in Washington DC last week. "What we are primarily trying to do is help cancer patients and caregivers learn more effectively from each other...
By Brian Dolan 05:01 am February 28, 2013
Today I'm very excited to announce our latest offering: The MobiHealthNews Podcast. This month MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I interviewed a half dozen people about trends surrounding "self-diagnosis", which is at the heart of so much of what we write about here at MobiHealthNews. The concept of self-diagnosis has existed for at least as long as the concept of the medical professional...
By Neil Versel 03:30 am February 7, 2013
Health gamification app developers, you may have met your match. You probably already knew the couch potato was your biggest challenge. But now the stakes have been raised. The other night, I was watching TV and this commercial came on: (Watch here). That's right, there's an app, called Viggle, that rewards people for sitting on their rear ends and "checking in" to their favorite shows. Users get...