January 14, 2013
Independa, the San Diego-based developer of telehealth products for senior care and aging in place, has made its flagship Integrated CloudCare suite commercially available on LG televisions and its Angela social engagement platform on Samsung touch-screen tablets. Additionally, Independa also will be looking for resellers of its products, the company announced at last week's Digital Health Summit...
August 21, 2012
Less than two years after its founding, the Intel-GE Care Innovations joint venture is making some changes to its product line and operating structure to reflect a new emphasis on care coordination and senior living, including aging in place.
Care Innovations, which Intel and GE Healthcare set up in January 2011, is considering whether to sell or discontinue Intel Reader, a text-to-speech...
July 30, 2012
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin system
Proteus Digital Health, formerly known as Proteus Biomedical, has become the first company to receive Food and Drug Administration clearance for an ingestible biomedical sensor that monitors medication adherence.
The FDA granted 510(k) premarket approval to the Proteus Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) as a de novo medical device, meaning that there was no similar...
July 26, 2012
Janssen Healthcare Innovation, an entrepreneurial unit of pharmaceutical heavyweight Johnson & Johnson, is promoting medication adherence with a new secure messaging platform and smartphone app and website.
The Care4Today Mobile Adherence program, announced on Wednesday, delivers reminders to take medications as directed, refill prescriptions and visit physicians when appropriate. Users can...
July 12, 2012
Merkle, a customer relations management (CRM) company has acquired San Francisco-based 5th Finger, a mobile marketing and mobile health vendor for an undisclosed sum. While 5th Finger has a number of big retail brands as clients, including Jos. A Bank and Safeway, it has also powered Pfizer, Medtronic, and GlaxoSmithKline's mobile health initiatives.
The company set up a text messaging-powered...
March 12, 2012
Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens added two new features to its mobile health app: medication reminders and prescription transfers via barcode scans. Without citing specific numbers -- other than that its mobile user base was in the millions -- Walgreens said adoption of its mobile apps grew 500 percent last year.
One of the app's new feature, called Pill Reminder, aims to help Walgreens iPhone...
February 9, 2012
Similar device: Affectiva's Q Sensor
The promise of some wireless-enabled remote patient monitoring devices is that they can help prevent heart failure episodes. They aim to reduce hospital readmissions. A new device currently being developed by a team of academics here in Massachusetts aims to do the same thing for drug addiction relapses. After 30 days in a substance abuse clinic, can a remote...
January 19, 2012
In recent months a number of deals, acquisitions, service and product launches have led to a growing discussion around the mobile health opportunities for pharma companies. There seem to be three big ones vying for the top.
Is it adding connectivity to clinical trials?
Earlier this month research analyst firm Cutting Edge Information (CEI) published a report that suggested pharma companies look...
September 12, 2011
This morning at the FDA's public Workshop on its Mobile Medical Applications Draft Guidance, which it published in July, FDA senior advisor Bakul Patel noted that Medco had registered its smartphone app Medco Pharmacy App as a Class 1 medical device. The app became commercially available in mid-May and marked a collaboration between the pharmaceutical company and Verizon Wireless, which is...
July 27, 2011
The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) announced this week that they have issued grants totaling $477,150 to five organizations developing mHealth technologies for older adults with chronic health conditions. The grants are meant to support the one-year programs. The Center aims to find effective approaches to using mHealth in a variety of settings to improve healthcare. The investment comes...