May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers.
The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
May 8, 2018
The Consumer Technology Association and Xcertia, a mobile health app collaborative, are working together to develop guidelines for the market. They will consider topics such as accuracy, transparency, privacy, security, regulatory compliance, interoperability, and user experience.
The American Medical Association, American Heart Association, DHX Group, and HIMSS initiated the project.
March 26, 2018
The average cost of development for a mobile health app from conception to launch is approximately $425,000, with nearly half of this expense outsourced to third-party app development agencies or freelancers, according to new research data recently released from a Research2Guidance survey of 2,400 mobile health stakeholders conducted over the summer.
“The [$425,000] is just the average cost — for...
October 10, 2016
As the focus in healthcare continues to shift towards efficiency and value, doctors say they consider themselves well-equipped to keep up with demands thanks to digital technology and information tools, according to a new survey by Merck Manuals.
In a small survey of 220 physicians conducted at a medical conference, most said smartphones in their offices (both their own and their patients’) has...
October 3, 2016
An Australian nonprofit aimed at preventing suicides by changing the conversation around mental health has launched an ambitious app-based research project with the goal of getting 7 million participants to log their mood within a one-week period. "How is the World Feeling?", an app by Spur Projects, will launch October 10th.
"Suicide is a worldwide epidemic, with over one million men and women...
September 20, 2016
Walgreens' website and mobile app will now features access to skin care services for those looking to get quick, affordable dermatology questions answered when they can’t get access to a skin care specialist.
Through a partnership with teledermatology provider Iagnosis, Walgreens will offer visitors the site or app access to DermatologistOnCall, Iagnosis’ flagship program featuring dermatology...
September 19, 2016
UK company roadtohealth, which makes the health improvement app Quealth, has raised over $4 million in funding from global insurance company Reinsurance Group of America. RGA has taken a minority stake in roadtohealth, and the partnership will enable multi-platform distribution for Quealth. The $4 million is an initial investment from RGA, and further investments will follow dependent on...
August 18, 2016
For those who wear continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks -- which help people with sleep apnea maintain steady, regular breathing while asleep – a new app is designed to help support device users and improve adherence. With myAir, an offering from medical device company ResMed, CPAP users can now track their treatment via an iOS app, giving users access to their daily sleep patterns...
August 8, 2016
In the second quarter, WebMD began testing a new app and, in the face of declining traffic in the form of Google-referrals, increased its focus on driving internal traffic. While there was a slight decline in the number of users, page views were actually up, which WebMD attributed to efforts to engage users to spend more time on the site with increased programming and social media. The company...