February 2, 2016
Investment in on-demand healthcare companies, like video visits with doctors, is expected to total $1 billion by the end of 2017, up from $200 million in 2014, according to Accenture.
“On-demand healthcare is fundamentally changing – and enriching – the doctor-patient relationship, making the physician much more accessible to patients while simultaneously reducing costs,” Kaveh Safavi, senior...
February 2, 2016
Greyhealth group (ghg), a healthcare-focused agency owned by WPP that was a founding partner of Text4Baby and an early IBM Watson partner, has acquired The Lathe, a health app design and development firm, for an undisclosed amount.
"At ghg, we are focused on mobile health and believe technology and effective communication will significantly improve the lives of healthcare consumers and their...
January 29, 2016
Health tracking apps and devices offer consumers the ability to track an increasing number of relevant metrics. Over the years a number of the companies behind them, especially the ones with larger user bases, have released their own insights based on interesting correlations in the data sets they've collected.
For example, just last week, Runkeeper Director of Marketing tweeted a link to a post...
January 12, 2016
Apple has released a preview for the new version of iOS, 9.3, which will feature updates across a number of Apple’s own apps, including Health.
Part of the update to Health will be a new slider menu that allows users to find third party apps to help them track certain metrics in Health. These slider menus will be available for a number of categories including weight, workouts, and sleep. When...
December 10, 2015
Some 74 percent of adults said they plan to purchase health and fitness device within the next year. And of this group, 35 percent said they plan to buy a smartwatch, according to a survey of 1,001 online US adults conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association. The survey was fielded between August 20 and September 2.
November 19, 2015
Palo Alto-based Azumio, which offers a suite of health and wellness apps, has added a nitric oxide testing feature to its comprehensive health and fitness app, Argus. Azumio has partnered with Berkeley Test, a company that makes salivary nitric oxide test strips, for this offering.
Nitric oxide, according to Azumio, is a helpful metric to measure for maintaining a healthy blood pressure,...
November 5, 2015
Some 58 percent of smartphone users have downloaded a health-related app, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study of 1,604 US smartphone owners conducted in June 2015. Survey management company Toluna conducted the survey online.
A slightly smaller percentage of smartphone users, 41 percent, downloaded more than five apps. Almost half of respondents, 41 percent, said they would not pay...
October 13, 2015
San Carlos-based ShopWell, which offers a nutrition app, raised $3.4 million in a round led by Finistere Ventures, with participation from Fairhaven Capital, Munich Venture Partners, S2G Ventures, and ATA Ventures. This brings the company's total funding to about $11.4 million.
The company has developed an app that suggests healthier options to users as they shop for food. The program scores ...
September 30, 2015
The medical app market was worth $489 million in 2015 and nearly 40 percent of sales came from health monitoring apps, according to a report from research firm Kalorama Information.
Kalorama includes telemedicine and monitoring apps in this app category.
"Involvement in this care segment has several benefits and hospitals, care givers, device manufacturers, and patients are continuing to jump on...
July 2, 2015
London-based Your.MD, which has developed a health management app that includes a symptom checker, raised $5 million in a round led by Smedvig Capital, with participation from existing angel investors. This brings the company's total funding to $7.3 million.
The app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows users to explain what their complaints are to the app via voice or text. Next, users...