February 12, 2013
MobiHealthNews Contributing Editor Neil Versel really hit a nerve last week when writing about direct-to-consumer healthcare and the acquisition of Massive Health by fitness device maker Jawbone. (Be sure to read it now, if you haven't yet.) While his column made a number of provocative comments, I think this one really gets to the heart of his argument: "What those projects all have in common is...
February 7, 2013
Health gamification app developers, you may have met your match. You probably already knew the couch potato was your biggest challenge. But now the stakes have been raised.
The other night, I was watching TV and this commercial came on: (Watch here).
That's right, there's an app, called Viggle, that rewards people for sitting on their rear ends and "checking in" to their favorite shows. Users get...
February 7, 2013
Frog Design Executive Creative Director Fabio Sergio has published a must-read essay on healthcare innovation over at Frog Design's site, arguing not only that developments like Big Data and wearable devices will improve healthcare, but also that they will -- and should -- fundamentally change the healthcare system and the meaning of roles like patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional....
February 4, 2013
San Francisco-based Jawbone, a company best known for fashion-minded Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers, has acquired mobile health startup Massive Health and design firm Visere for an undisclosed sum to help it refine and improve its own wearable health device, UP. GigaOM Founder Om Malik first broke the news of the acquisition.
"Massive Health was a company born from a passion to make...
December 18, 2012
Followers of mHealth should have learned by now not to be surprised by what health function your smartphone will serve next. Still and all, two new technologies are presenting a somewhat novel use case: scanning your food before you eat it. A recent proof-of-concept from UCLA turns your smartphone into a mobile lab that can test your food for a number of allergens, while a new commercial product...
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...
December 12, 2011
Health games have the difficult task ahead of them to be fun, yet taken seriously by physicians, according to a panel held at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. last week. The panel, "The Evolution of Gaming and its Effect on Prevention and Wellness," included Dr Ravi Komatireddy (West Wireless Health Institute), Iana Simeonov (University of California, San Francisco), Debra Lieberman (...
November 1, 2011
Massive Health, a closely watched Silicon Valley-based mobile health startup, launched its first iPhone app this morning. It's called The Eatery and it's a free app only available for iOS device users. The app joins the more than 1,300 diet related apps available in Apple's AppStore.
"You don't need a logbook. You don't need a calorie counter. You don't need to scan another barcode. The Eatery is...
September 13, 2011
Investment trends, design challenges, top apps, and tablets for clinicians are often discussed in mobile health circles. This month Technology Review has put together a series on e-medicine, which included a focus on mobile health this week. Here's a quick round-up of their coverage so far:
First up is TR's trend piece on investment challenges facing healthcare startups. "The usual reason HIT...
August 11, 2011
The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), an initiative to study and create the future of wireless medicine, recently announced its 17 founding members. The members will support wireless health research and innovation, and help develop product prototypes.
The founding members of the CBC include Agamatrix, AirStrip Technologies, Apollo Health Resources, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions, Ayogo Games...