July 26, 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Axial Exchange, a mobile app developer, raised just under $5 million from undisclosed investors, according to an SEC filing. Axial Exchange is backed by a syndicate of venture capital firms, led by Canaan Partners.
The company recently announced a series of enhancements to its mobile patient engagement app which include prioritizing elements related to day-to-day...
June 28, 2013
Studies have shown that exercise video games, or exergames, can benefit elderly people who sometimes have trouble getting enough daily physical activity. But few studies have dealt with the question of how to get older people to engage with video games in the first place.
"I can give you a stationary bike, but if you don't bike it, I doubt that you will get any benefits from it," said Annerieke...
June 18, 2013
Mayo Clinic announced last week a new online platform called Mayo Clinic Healthy Living that will leverage mobile health tools to provide preventative care to employees of Mayo's B2B employer clients. The company plans to launch the product in October.
"The clinic is a great setting, it's really great for complex medical problems, but for the majority of the population that has no significant...
June 13, 2013
For the past few years San Francisco-based Sessions has been developing a direct-to-consumer, mobile-enabled program for inactivity and nutrition. Sessions, which was a member of digital health accelerator Rock Health's second class in 2012, is currently enrolling about 80 people on a rolling basis for a randomized control trial of its coaching program at the Mayo Clinic. Sessions first did an...
May 13, 2013
Minneapolis-based Preventice announced the commercial launch of its first hardware product: the BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System. The device, a small sensor attached to the body via a peel-and-stick patch, received FDA 510(k) clearance in August 2012. BodyGaurdian RMS uses an algorithm developed by the Mayo Clinic, sensor technology from STMicroelectronics, and wireless technology from...
May 13, 2013
An example of remote doctor visits: meVisit's app
Telehealth holds enormous potential for transforming healthcare, but, to telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders, the primary barrier is not financial. Instead, physician and patient attitudes about healthcare and health itself must change, said Sanders, who often has been called the father of telemedicine.
"The critical issue is really not...
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...
April 15, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif
After bringing their incubator to Europe last year, Healthbox has announced that its next class will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by Florida Blue. Like Healthbox's previous locations in Chicago and Boston, companies will receive $50,000 in seed capital and participate in a 16-week program. Healthbox will receive 7 percent equity in the companies.
April 8, 2013
Dr. Matthew Hoerth of the Mayo Clinic
Neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have shown that iPads can be an effective way to interpret electro-encephalograph (EEG) readings in telemedicine clinics, comparable to laptop and desktop computers. The authors concluded that in many ways the tablet even outperformed the traditional computers.
The team, led by Dr. Matthew Hoerth, presented a case...
March 5, 2013
The inescapable question for Microsoft at HIMSS 2013 is this: How does the company maintain relevance in a mobile ecosystem increasingly dominated by Apple iPhones and iPads? With its Surface Pro tablet, Windows 8 operating system, and Office 365 HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, not to mention a bevy of new app partners, Apple's longtime rival is doing its best to step up to the plate. The company...