April 8, 2015
Vancouver-based Ayogo has raised $2.5 million from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (GHI), Excel Venture Management, and 7Wire Ventures for it's patient engagement offering, an app called Empower.
The app, designed for providers and pharma companies, helps patients with chronic conditions stick to their care plans. Patients can use the app to set their own goals, track their health and...
January 14, 2015
Dr. Sachin Jain, who left his position as Merck's Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer last month, will start work as Chief Medical Officer of CareMore Health System on January 19, MobiHealthNews has learned. CareMore, a subsidiary of Anthem, is an integrated care plan that combines a Medicare Advantage plan with 24 care centers around the country.
The position at a health insurance...
November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, the South Korean consumer electronics giant revealed much more about its digital health plans, including the names of 24 partners it has been working with -- a dozen commercial partners and a dozen research partners.
Samsung's commercial partners for digital health currently include Nike, Aetna, Cigna, Cleveland Clinic, dacadoo,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.