From left to right: (Ying Tang, Vice President, Head of Business Operation, Healthcare, Merck China; Rogier Janssens, Managing Director and General Manager, Biopharma, Merck China; Chris Round, Executive Vice President, Head of International Operation & Global Core Franchise, Healthcare, Merck; Meng Zhang, Vice President, Tencent Medical; Jordan Liu, Strategy and Business Development Director, Tencent Medical). Photo credit: Merck
January 24, 2019
Yesterday, Merck, a German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company, and Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate, signed a strategic collaboration agreement. The collaboration will primarily focus on increasing public disease awareness and providing more accessible healthcare services via digital platforms in China.
“In this collaboration with...
November 7, 2018
By and large, Q3 2018 was a slow and steady quarter for pharma moves in digital health, at least in terms of publicly disclosed operations. At events during the quarter, the likes of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novartis and Sanofi discussed digital therapeutics and expressed a healthy mixture of skepticism and enthusiasm for the space.
“These technologies have a tremendous opportunity to...
Partners HealthCare VP of Connected Health Joseph Kvedar interviews Aetna EVP and CMO Harold Paz. (Photo by Christopher Huang)
October 19, 2018
Connected Health Conference has drawn to a close, and there was no shortage of launches, deals and insights from healthcare and technology companies big and small. As such, MobiHealthNews has compiled a collection of odds and ends we heard during this year’s three-day show.
Aetna's mobile strategy learns from its past
Aetna looked to be ahead of the game when it acquired Healthagen, maker of the...
August 30, 2018
Garmin’s new gadget. Garmin isn’t giving any ground to Fitbit with the announcement of its vívosmart 4 activity tracker, which will add pulse oximetry and new sleep analysis features, echoing its competitor’s Charge 3 announcement last week.
But vívofit 4 will also include unique features like “Body Battery”, which “estimates the body’s energy reserves, letting users know the optimal time for...
August 17, 2018
Healthy Interactions, a population health company that offers both digital and in-person programs for chronic disease management and education, and Merck have launched a diabetes management and engagement platform designed to support in-person counseling programs.
The map4health platform — which was debuted today at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference in Baltimore —...
March 29, 2018
Physicians have touted the benefits of a good night’s sleep for centuries, if not longer, but it hasn’t been until recent years that a provider can see clear data on whether or not their patients have been hitting the sack.
To investigate whether wearable sleep trackers could play a role in patient-provider conversations, researchers from Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute have launched a...
February 12, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Provata's 2016 revenue.
Merck subsidiary StayWell, which offers a preventative health platform for employers, health plans, and health systems, has acquired Provata Health for an undisclosed sum. Provata Health makes a digital health platform for employee wellness, which includes a chronic disease management program incorporating a...
December 11, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's third accelerator class held its demo day last week as the 10 companies announced a slew of pilots, deployments, and other deals. Nine out of the 10 companies has a pilot or commercial deal with Cedars-Sinai itself, but a number of companies also have deals with other hospitals, payers, or pharma companies. One, Tasso, has a $6 million grant contract with the...
October 12, 2017
Lyndhurst, New Jersey-based Vitals, maker of online healthcare transparency resources for patients, has acquired MedHelp’s online community business for an undisclosed sum. Vitals plans to merge its consumer-focused websites with MedHelp’s Patient-to-Patient Communities to form a new digital property, Vitals Consumer Services.
MedHelp has been at the forefront of the news this week, as StayWell...
October 10, 2017
Update: This article has been updated to clarify MedHelp's affiliation with Merck and recent announcement of acquisition by Vitals.
To expedite its push into mobile health, Yardley, Pennsylvania-based StayWell announced today that it has acquired the mobile health portion of Silicon Valley-based MedHelp, which includes several consumer-facing mobile health apps.
The terms of the deal were not...