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October 17, 2019
As the medical community increasingly researches the dangers of screen time, many Americans say they are looking to unplug and engage in digital detoxes. However, Chris Dancy, health and wellness consultant and author of "Don't Unplug - How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too!," tapped into digital devices to hack his unhealthy behaviors.
“About 12 years ago I was 320 pounds, I smoked...
July 5, 2017
Pact, the startup that incentivized users to healthy behaviors by getting them to essentially bet money on their own adherence, has shut down, according to an email the company sent out to its users on Friday. The company will pay out its final rewards to users on July 11th and will continue supporting users until the end of August.
“Thanks for choosing Pact - we hope it has helped you live a...
May 25, 2016
Wellth, a Brooklyn-based digital health company focused on improving patient adherence by paying people to make healthier choices, has raised $2 million. AXA Strategic Ventures (ASV), the venture arm of the multinational insurance firm AXA, led the round. B-Fore Capital, I2BF Venture Capital, Beta Bridge Ventures and AltaIR Capital also contributed.
“We are seeing a lot of interest for our...
May 20, 2015
Southern New Jersey's MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is setting up a program for 30 of its breast cancer patients that equips them with Apple Watches to help them self-manage their treatment as well as stay better connected to their care team and each other. The center is working with Wayne, Pennsylvania-based behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions on the nine-month...
February 19, 2015
This afternoon -- in about two hours time -- MobiHealthNews will kick off our February webinar, Texting for Health: A proven patient engagement and communication strategy, at 2PM ET.
More than any other digital channel, text messaging is a proven way to improve patient engagement and health outcomes while remaining cost-effective for healthcare providers. From appointment reminders, to general...
July 29, 2014
Rewards-based systems work to bring people into an online health management program, but they don't do much to encourage sustained engagement, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada, looked at 140,000 potential users of an online health intervention called My Health eSupport....
November 28, 2012
A new company from Center for Connected Health (CCH) Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar will take a stab at the difficult task of engaging consumers in their own health by studying the missteps of others and attempting to simplify the processes of education and motivation.
Kvedar and business partners, including self-help author Carol Colman and integrative medicine practitioner – and former personal...
November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...
October 18, 2012
Redwood City, California-based startup Striiv, makers of a dedicated portable fitness device of the same name, has launched its first iPhone app, Striiv Smart Pedometer. The free app appears to have much of the same functionality as the company's $99 dedicated device. Striiv partnered with MyFitnessPal for its calorie counting features and large food database.
Striiv's dedicated device encourages...
October 16, 2012
At the Health 2.0 event in San Francisco last week, 100Plus, the first startup to leverage Practice Fusion's data set demo'd a number of concepts from its upcoming app, which aims to help people get interested in the "small things" they can do to live a healthier life.
100Plus co-founder Chris Hogg told Health 2.0 attendees that his startup was not interested in activity at the gym but rather in...