health app

By Laura Lovett April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...
By Dave Muoio March 29, 2019
Backpack Health, maker of an app and dashboard-based personal health record platform, announced this week the launch of a new dedicated group within the service specifically designed to help transgender and non-binary people manage their health data. Along with data regarding their general healthcare, the tool can track medical information unique to the needs of these populations including...
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2019
After creating dummy accounts on highly-rated Android medical apps and analyzing their traffic, an investigation published Wednesday in BMJ found that nearly four in five shared users’ data with outside entities. What’s more, the Australian research team determined that several of those groups receiving the user information would likely be able to aggregate the data and use it to pinpoint a...
By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2018
A new overview of systematic reviews of published randomized control trials of mobile health apps found just 23 RCTs of currently-available apps have been conducted, and less than half of those showed a positive health effect from the app in question. A group of researchers from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Queensland, Australia conducted the review,...
By Jeff Lagasse January 23, 2018
Sending images of surgical wounds to hospital nurses could be an effective way to detect surgical site infections, thereby reducing readmissions, new research shows. And a new smartphone app aims to make that happen. Dubbed WoundCare, the app was developed by researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, with the...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
With more and more mobile health apps releasing each year and slower growth in the number of users downloading, financial success is becoming less likely for developers without substantial backing, data from a recent market research report suggests. According to the mHealth Economics 2017 study — an annual Research2Guidance survey which this summer polled 2,400 mobile health stakeholders — there...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike. "We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
By Tom Sullivan September 6, 2016
Pokemon Go fever seems to be abating a bit as summer winds down. Already, the game that was once hailed as the most effective health app ever is on the verge of downslide. So the rising question for private and public health professionals, executives and entrepreneurs watching the apps' rapid rise and quick decline: What does Pokemon Go reveal about the fate of so many other health apps, fitness...
By Heather Mack July 27, 2016
Geoff Clapp, founder of now-defunct consumer health startup Better, delivered a long-awaited post-mortem on the Tech Tonic podcast with Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz. Better, which launched in 2013 with backing by the Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital fund, shut down last year. Clapp wrote last year that he planned to publish a post-mortem on Better’s efforts shortly after its closure, but...
By Aditi Pai May 12, 2016
Sensoria, a textile sensor company, has launched a new app, called Sensoria Walk, which helps users track their activity during rehabilitation after a stroke or post-surgery. The app aims to speed up patient recovery time. Sensoria first announced the Sensoria Walk app at CES 2016. “This solution is designed specifically for people in particular circumstances where a traditional wrist-based...