December 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker.
Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...
September 6, 2012
A Cambridge, UK-based startup called Cambridge Healthcare just launched a health-specific app store for patients in the UK. The store is actually part of a personal health platform, a PHR that is available to patients in the country's National Health Service (NHS) system, for free. The offering is called: How are you?
In recent months Cambridge Healthcare has inked deals with Microsoft to...
January 19, 2012
Mobile and wireless health are trying hard to win over a public that at best is skeptical, but more likely has no idea what this stuff actually is.
As I argued in my previous column, most people don't get the whole concept of connected health, but explaining it in simple terms could change that. I also said that there hasn't been enough distinction made between healthcare and consumer health/...
January 3, 2012
iTriage announced this week that it has integrated with Microsoft's HealthVault to provide users of the location-aware symptom checker app a read-only view of their personal health records. The integration makes HealthVault data viewable via an iPhone app. iTriage expects to make a similar update to its Android app in the next few weeks.
Aetna acquired iTriage for an undisclosed sum in December;...
December 21, 2011
Keas, the health gaming platform for corporate wellness programs co-founded by the original Google Health chief Adam Bosworth, has raised $6.5 million in its second round of funding. Atlas Ventures and Ignition Partners led the deal.
Keas describes its offering as a mix of a corporate wellness program, morale program, social network, addictive social game, and more. The company says it has...
December 19, 2011
Microsoft released an official mobile app for its HealthVault PHR platform last week for smartphones running the company's Windows Phone 7 operating system. The free app allows users to quickly input medical information such as immunizations and allergies to the cloud-based service, view graphs charting blood pressure and glucose readings, review insurance information and family medical history,...
October 17, 2011
Google Body Browser, a Google Earth-like explorer for the human anatomy that launched last December as part of the now-defunct Google Labs project, will be reborn as a free Android app and web application called Zygote Body, according to a report over at MedGadget.
Google Body Browser allowed users to explore human anatomy via a three dimensional browser that included layer options (such as skin...
August 18, 2011
Google may turn out to be a major player in mobile and wireless health after all.
Less than two months after the Internet search leader announced it was shutting down its overhyped, underadopted Google Health personal health records platform, comes the news that Google is paying $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. (Is anyone surprised by this? I was at first, until I stepped back and...
August 10, 2011
ZocDoc announced $50 million in funding last week for its appointment scheduling app, and at least one commentator, Avado CEO Dave Chase (formerly of Microsoft Health), believes that healthtech startups could learn a thing or two from ZocDoc's apparent success.
In a recent column for TechCrunch, Chase lays down three simple lessons gleaned from ZocDoc's strategy to date:
Lead with the doctors....
August 9, 2011
Google's shuttering of Google Health in June also affected those mobile app developers that included Google Health integration in their offerings or even as a back-end solution. One such company is CTIS, which offers a personal health record (PHR) application, called mPHR, that requires users to have a Google Health account to access its features. Now, the company is collaborating with Microsoft...