April 11, 2018
Engineering students at Rice University have created a new iPhone app they say could help patients with Parkinson's manage a symptom of the disease called "freezing," a temporary and involuntary inability to move when the legs are unable to follow the brain's command.
Visual, audio or vibratory cues can help overcome that, research has shown, and the Rice developers say their new app offers a...
September 9, 2015
SportSetter, which offers an app that helps people find workout classes in their city, has raised $1 million in a round of funding led by Reaktor Fund. This brings the company's total funding to at least $1.3 million.
SportSetter's app currently only includes classes at gyms located in New York City and Helsinki. The app then helps users find a variety in their day-to-day workout routines by...
July 9, 2015
PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy that raised $50 million last June, has finally gone mobile, launching its first app, for iOS and Apple Watch. The PillPack app will be available to everyone, not just PillPack customers, and has several novel features for a medication reminder app.
“The best solution to adherence is simplicity, and the PillPack design tackles this challenge physically with our...
May 21, 2014
Mango Health, a startup using gamification principals to work on medication adherence, has raised $5.25 million in first round funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The company, which participated in the Rock Health digital health accelerator in 2012, had previously raised at least $3 million in a seed round from Floodgate Fund, First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures, Bullpen Capital...
February 3, 2014
There are numerous apps out there with the goal of helping the user lose weight, whether by tracking their food intake, their exercise, or their weight itself. They also take different approaches to behavior change, with rewards, gamification, or social networks. But Carrot Fit, a new iPhone app, manages to do something new: the app includes a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who...
July 25, 2012
SecuraTrac, maker of GPS-enabled tracking devices for health and safety, is teaming up with body sensor manufacturer Vital Connect to produce a passive mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS).
The joint product, called SecuraFone Health, detects falls, changes in heart and breathing rate and other vital signs, thanks to a sensor worn on the chest or back. When the sensor notices a fall...
August 11, 2010
This week Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based health insurance provider Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield launched an iPhone app, Health@Hand, co-developed with ADAM and based on that company's Medzio application. How is Health@Hand different from Medzio? Health@Hand was customized with specific information for Highmark members that enables them to find healthcare services and physicians available...
May 26, 2010
MedWaitTime, a new Web and mobile service launched in Chicago last week, aims to help patients determine if their doctor is running late for an appointment. Soon it will include emergency wait room times, too. Dr. Vishal Mehta, an orthopedic surgeon, launched the service with 10 Chicago-area doctors, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Mehta founded Medical Wait Time with two...
September 8, 2009
iTriage App drives web-based offering: Healthagen just announced a new web-based portal based on its iPhone application iTriage. The site offers up-to-date healthcare information, new features, and all of the existing features of the company's smartphone app. Interesting to see start-ups with popular apps leveraging that audience to drive a web-based offering. More
Wireless healthcare becoming...
August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...