Microsoft

By Aditi Pai July 3, 2013
Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre...
By Aditi Pai March 21, 2013
Provider apps with a focus on patient engagement are set to be a big trend this year. This month The Cleveland Clinic introduced its tenth app, called Cleveland Clinic Today. The app, which is only available for iPad users currently, provides patients with health and wellness tips, quizzes, and an interactive model of the human body. While anyone can download the app, Cleveland Clinic patients...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2013
Microsoft has just launched a new HealthVault app for its Windows 8 operating system, designed to run on tablets, W8 phones, and computers. The upgrade doesn't functionally allow users to do anything they couldn't do before, but it aims to make it easier for users to track and review their own health data by leveraging Windows 8's multitasking features. HealthVault Distinguished Engineer Sean...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
At the HIMSS13 event this week, an executive from the automaker Ford recapped the company's now well-documented vision for how to transform the car into a next generation platform for mobile health apps, devices, and services. For the first time, however, Gary Strumolo, Ford’s global manager for health and wellness, interiors and infotainment research and innovation, drew a line between his...
By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2013
Panasonic's ToughPad was subjected to a shower of water at HIMSS 2013. One of the media narratives that came out of CES this year, was that despite not attending the show, as is its custom, Apple managed to have a significant effect on the proceedings. The same thing could be said of HIMSS, especially when it comes to tablets, where Apple's absence was keenly felt in the midst of so many...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2013
Frog Design Executive Creative Director Fabio Sergio has published a must-read essay on healthcare innovation over at Frog Design's site, arguing not only that developments like Big Data and wearable devices will improve healthcare, but also that they will -- and should -- fundamentally change the healthcare system and the meaning of roles like patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional....
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2012
At times, text messages seem to be the uncelebrated workhorse of mobile health, especially when you compare SMS to health apps in terms of the amount of attention each gets. While the potential for smartphone apps is still great, adoption across all mobile phone users in the US for apps has remained flat at about 10 percent for the past three years. Once these apps find tighter integration with...
By Brian Dolan October 2, 2012
The West Health Institute announced that it has developed technology to aid physical therapy professionals and patients using Microsoft's Kinect for Windows motion tracking platform. The application leverages Microsoft's Kinect for Windows motion camera and a Windows 7 personal computer and provides interactive feedback and educational materials to help providers improve patient adherence to...
By Brian Dolan August 2, 2012
As expected, Ford has announced the launch of the first mobile health app to connect to certain Ford models via the car company's Sync AppLink platform: IMS Health's Allergy Alert app, which is powered by data from IMS Health's Pollen.com site. MobiHealthNews attended Ford's media event in May 2011 when the car company unveiled its research pilots focused on mobile health. At the time the company...