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By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2014
Pharmaceutical companies have a lot of apps in the market, and have been making apps for a long time, but their apps aren't seeing downloads and usage on par with the apps from other industries. That's the conclusion of a new report from Research2Guidance (R2G), which analyzed more than 725 apps from 11 pharma companies. According to R2G, the top pharma companies have 65 apps in the Apple and...
By Jonah Comstock October 7, 2014
Urine analysis app uChek is about to launch a six-month, 375-patient trial with Merck for Mothers, a Merck-sponsored initiative to reduce global maternal mortality, according to ClinicalTrials[dot]gov. Researchers will test the feasability of providers using uChek to detect preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnant women in Bangladesh, with usability of the app for healthcare professionals as a...
By Aditi Pai September 9, 2014
Remote cardiac monitoring company eCardio has agreed to merge with wearable, remote monitoring device maker Preventice. The new company, which is called Preventice, said the merger will allow it to "drive innovation and growth in remote monitoring systems and mobile health applications". Preventice's co-founder Jon Otterstatter will be the president and global strategy officer of the new company...
By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2014
While increasing collaboration between payers and providers was a major theme at HIMSS in Orlando last week, one other major stakeholder has been quite a bit harder to find in conversations about big data, ACOs, and digital health. As Forbes columnist David Shaywitz wrote yesterday, pharma has been noticeably hesitant to jump into the fray. At Merck however, a dedicated innovation group called...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2014
HealthMap is a previous project from the team now studying sleep health. Boston Children's Hospital is teaming up with Merck to turn Twitter and Facebook into a new source for sleep health data -- data about how many people in a population suffer from insomnia and what they have in common with each other. "This is sort of our foray to see how we can mine social media to get an understanding of...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2013
Ayogo's Diabestes app for college students. Health gaming company Ayogo's CEO Michael Fergusson hinted at this week's Games for Health event in Boston that the company is working on a new game for a major pharmaceutical company, although he wasn't able to reveal any details. "I sure would like to show you this game but I didn't get clearance to show it. We're working with one of the five largest...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2013
PatientsLikeMe's new CEO Martin Coulter PatientsLikeMe, the online patient community network has quietly raised $7 million from its existing investor base. The new raise brings the company's total funding to $32 million, according to newly-hired CEO Martin Coulter. PatientsLikeMe's website lists investors CommerceNet, Omidyar Network, Collaborative Seed and Growth Partners, LLC, and Invus LP. "...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2013
New York City-based Medivo, a StartUp Health company that offers a physician and consumer-facing health monitoring platform, has raised $15 million in its second round funding, bringing the company's total funding to $22 million. The round was led by a new investor, the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (GHI). Previous investors Safeguard Scientifics and MentorTech Ventures also contributed to...
By Jonah Comstock April 17, 2013
As healthcare accelerators and incubators continue to grow and spread, they're also evolving as the unique needs of healthcare startups become apparent. For many incubators, that means a stronger focus on providing ongoing working relationships with established industry partners like payers, providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Healthbox's Nina Nashif stressed the...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2013
Digital health incubator Rock Health has released it's 2012 year in review report, and it shows that venture capital investment in digital health is robust, if still tentative by some measures. Overall investment is up, but a large percentage of the numbers are accounted for by a few big deals and a few big investors. Venture capitalists invested $1.4 billion in digital health in 2012, a 45...