July 18, 2013
Up until about a week ago, the first and last time President Obama mentioned mobile health during a speech was in his State of the Union Address in 2011. At the time the president was extolling the benefits of using tax dollars to ensure high speed cellular networks made their way into more rural areas of the US.
“This isn’t just about — (applause) — this isn’t about faster Internet or fewer...
June 18, 2013
Aetna's CarePass platform, which has been open to developers since early 2012 and to consumers in a limited beta, officially launched for consumers -- not just Aetna members -- this morning.
The free mobile and online platform integrates a number of different digital health devices and free apps. Newly announced partners Bodymedia, Jawbone, LoseIt, Withings and Fitbug will join the list of...
April 18, 2013
Health Hero co-founder and Rock Health mentor Geoffrey Clapp announced this week the launch of his new startup, Better, which is backed by The Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital Fund, according to the demo he gave onstage at the Wall Street Journal's D:Mobile event in New York City. (Social+Capital has also funded Asthmapolis, Simplee, and Glooko.)
Clapp described Better as "the best way for you...
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...
February 12, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama personally invited Dr. Peter Hudson, the co-founder and CEO of iTriage, to sit in her viewing box as "a distinguished guest" for President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight.
Aetna acquired iTriage for an undisclosed sum in 2011. The iTriage app aims to help its users determine what medical condition they might have and where they might choose to go for treatment...
December 6, 2012
One out of every three adults in the US will buy a digital health product of some kind in the next year, Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said -- citing data from an upcoming CEA survey -- during his luncheon keynote at HIMSS' mHealth Summit this week. With the exception of that prediction, Shapiro largely steered clear of the consumer health conversation and...
December 3, 2012
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini kicked off the mHealth Summit this morning by announcing a launch date for the mobile implementation of their health data syncing platform CarePass, which will combine Aetna's recent mobile acquisitions and partners into a single offering.
CarePass has been available as a web platform, but Bertolini said it would go mobile in March 2013. The platform connects iTriage, the...
October 11, 2012
In the latest attempt to get consumers to embrace personal health records, health insurer Aetna is making its MyActiveHealth PHR portal with the mobile iTriage app.
According to Aetna, more than 4 million people have MyActiveHealth PHRs, offered through ActiveHealth Management, an independently run Aetna subsidiary that offers disease management and other health management services, including the...
October 4, 2012
A lot of people out there believe "meaningful use" regulations has stymied innovation in health IT by effectively standardizing functionality in electronic health records. Backers of President Obama might argue the point. In fact, one did this week.
"There has never been a better time to be an innovator in healthcare," former federal CTO Aneesh Chopra, said Wednesday at the 2012 American Health...
September 4, 2012
At the end of August the White House launched a new program, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which pairs the private sector, academia, and non-profits with people from the government to work on five innovation projects over the course of the next five months. One of those projects is one that is undoubtedly familiar to those working in healthcare today: The Open Data Initiative....