iPhone health apps

By Neil Versel July 9, 2013
Retail pharmacy heavyweight CVS Caremark has added a drug interaction checker to its CVS Mobile app that cautions consumers when an over-the-counter medication might interact with other drugs they are taking. The Woonsocket, RI-based company says it is the first drugstore chain to include such a feature in a mobile app. With the new interaction checker, users can scan the barcodes on OTC...
By Aditi Pai June 21, 2013
When Miami Children's Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Edward Martinez returned from a trip to a local history museum, he brought back an idea for an app -- a GPS system to help patients get around the hospital. He liked the way a similar app worked at the museum and decided to test it at the healthcare facility. As MobiHealthNews reported earlier this month,...
By Aditi Pai June 14, 2013
Walgreens app on left, CVS app on right A 2012 Deloitte survey of 613 U.S. primary care and specialist physicians selected from the American Medical Association found that 19 percent of health care providers offer their patients a web-based program to refill prescriptions online. While some retail pharmacies have been offering apps with prescription refill features for a few years, others have...
By Aditi Pai June 5, 2013
In the newest version of Miami Children's Hospital's patient-facing iPhone app, the hospital offers a WiFi-enabled GPS system that tracks where the user is within the hospital and tells them how they can get to their desired location. Additionally, the app now allows families to deliver cafeteria food or gifts to a patient in the hospital. Gifts that families can send include balloons, stuffed...
By Brian Dolan May 22, 2013
This week the US Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Mountain View, California-based Biosense Technologies, maker of the uChek smartphone-enabled urinanalysis system, that instructs the company to seek 510(k) clearance of its mobile medical app or convince the FDA that such a clearance is not necessary. Sending an "it has come to our attention letter" like this is a rare action for the...
By Brian Dolan May 21, 2013
During the last few years health insurance companies have shifted from an employer-focused mindset to one that is increasingly consumer-, member-, or individual-focused. The move toward consumer engagement, Cigna's Director of IT Strategy and Innovation Willis Gee told MobiHealthNews, is being driven by cost and quality pressures, new benefits models and growing information intensity. Nearly all...
By Neil Versel May 21, 2013
It takes guts for former Zeo CEO Dave Dickinson to do what he did in a MobiHealthNews commentary last week, namely, share his lessons learned from the moderately popular but ultimately unsuccessful mobile sleep monitoring and coaching service. I think he realizes Zeo was on the verge of something big, but couldn't quite get over the hump. "Early on, we realized that our ability to transcend our...
By Brian Dolan May 14, 2013
Last week a widely spread rumor made it's way to various tech blogs about the next generation Nike+ FuelBand: Reportedly, the second generation device is currently being tested by Nike employees who are wearing it out in the public because the prototype still has the form factor of the original. A report in gadget blog, Gear Live, claims that the next FuelBand will include Bluetooth 4.0 (aka...
By Brian Dolan May 2, 2013
According to a recent survey conducted by Parks Associates in March, about 5 percent of households with broadband internet have at least one digital fitness device -- like a Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or BodyMedia FIT Armband. The survey, called Digitally Fit: Healthy Living and Connected Devices, polled about 10,000 broadband-enabled households. The survey found that memory improvement mobile apps or...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2013
Cloud-based EHR and practice management vendor AthenaHealth inked a deal with Aetna's mobile health group iTriage to include Athena's network of providers into iTriage's symptom navigator, provider locator, and appointment booking app. The partnership is particularly notable because Athena recently completed the acquisition of major medical app developer Epocrates, which counted hundreds of...