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...
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...
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...
May 11, 2016
Pebble has launched a number of updates to its health app, called Pebble Health, which first launched in December 2015.
The company’s newly revamped Pebble Health app was developed in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University. The app tracks users’ activity and automatically detects their sleep phases. It sends data to Pebble’s user interface, called Timeline.
The new Pebble Health...
April 20, 2016
Some 82 percent of recreational athletes use fitness tracking technology, which includes smartphone apps, fitness tracking devices, GPS watches, and heart rate monitors, according to a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) survey of 2,000 recreational athletes in the UK. The poll was fielded by Censuswide in March.
The survey also found that 62 percent of respondents said they use two or more devices....
April 6, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a new interactive tool on its website, with help from the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help health app developers to determine whether certain regulations apply to their app.
“Mobile app developers need clear information about the...
April 4, 2016
Some 42 percent of insured consumers who use mobile-enabled health applications or devices said their biggest motivator to use digital health tools is knowing their numbers, according to a survey of 500 insured consumers fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) and sponsored by online health and wellness program vendor HealthMine.
About 52 percent of respondents said they are enrolled in a...
March 30, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new app this month, called WHO Zika App, which offers medical reference information about the Zika virus. The app is specifically designed for health care workers and responders, but can also be used by the general public.
Zika is a disease that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms of this virus include mild fever, skin rashes,...
March 24, 2016
Cardiac rehabilitation patients who used a health app lost more weight following a heart attack than those who went through cardiac rehabilitation without one, according to a small Mayo Clinic study that will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago next week.
The Mayo Clinic recruited 80 adults who were, on average, 68 years old and had acute...
February 22, 2016
Some 43 percent of iOS health apps and 27 percent of Android health apps are useful, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, which included an analysis of 945 iOS and Android health apps.
“Apps really can play an essential role in chronic disease health management for populations that really need them the most,” University of Michigan Medical School Assistant Professor Karandeep Singh,...