November 11, 2010
Forget for a moment that Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Forget that Gates now chairs a philanthropic foundation that works in a number of areas. During his keynote session at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC this week, Bill Gates arrived with a single, focused message: Vaccines.
When asked whether mobile phones offered some advantages over previous computing platforms, Gates responded:
November 3, 2010
Reminder -- most mobile users live in developing markets: An estimated 64 percent of all mobile phone users live in the developing world. The mHealth Alliance, Frontline:SMS on mHealth activities in those countries. Wilson Center
RFID improves hospital charge capture accuracy: Mobile Aspects RFID technology increases charge capture by 25 percent at Massachusetts General Hospital. Release
October 25, 2010
Which PHR is best? The Wall Street Journal reviewed Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault and WebMD's Health Manager. And the winner was... none of them. While they all had their charms, the WSJ wasn't impressed enough to declare a winner. WSJ
Telus focuses on digital health: In Canada, mobile operator Telus is enabling some care facilities to push into digital healthcare: Ottawa Emergency...
September 15, 2010
Big day for Google Health: The online health platform announced a new design, new features and a couple of new mobile health apps partners. For the first time, I'm tempted to use it.
"Our new re-design better organizes your medical information, while creating a more welcoming place to set goals for yourself and check in daily on your progress," Google Health Senior Product Manager Aaron Brown...
August 16, 2010
$10K for sensor-enabled mobile health app: West Wireless Health Institute offers $10,000 to app developers that create a health app that leverages a wireless sensor: "Design a secure, standardizable mechanism that will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. For clarity, a 'mechanism...
August 11, 2010
Last year was a big one for mobile health. By mid-year especially spirits were high and many companies made mobile health related announcements, deals, launches and the like. Here's a run-down of three big stories (about Verizon, Google, Vitality) that took place one year ago this week in a new MobiHealthNews segment we call Mobile Health 20/20.
Verizon Wireless helps subscribers get in shape...
June 25, 2010
By Peter Hudson, M.D., CEO, Healthagen (developers of iTriage)
Personal health records (PHRs) represent a great opportunity for healthcare consumers to take control of their healthcare data and help deliver many meaningful solutions for managing their health. The problem with the current landscape of solutions is that data is not flowing quickly from healthcare systems into central repositories....
June 17, 2010
"Where will all this data go?"
It's a common question for those in the mobile health space -- right up there with "Who Pays?" and "How will the FDA view my app?" For a few years many hoped personal health records (PHRs) like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault would act as the central repositories for health data streaming in from various personal health devices, sensors and apps. Not so much...
June 17, 2010
Last month smartphone running app RunKeeper crossed the 2 million download mark, FitnessKeeper's co-founder Michael Sheeley told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview.
"That makes us the number one running app in iTunes and number one for Android as well," Sheeley said. "I don't believe anyone is growing as fast as we are with hundreds of thousands of new users every month. We also have a good...
June 1, 2010
Google pulled the plug on Google Health? Chilmark Research analyst John Moore penned a must-read piece on the possible dissolution of Google Health. According to Moore, rumor has it that the company has put the project into a "stasis" mode. Here's more from Moore: "Rumors are now floating about that this lack of relevancy, this lack of a true commitment to Google Health has led to that oh so...