January 27, 2015
Miami Children's Hospital CIO Edward Martinez talked about two of the hospital's new mobile offerings for patients and clinicians in an interview with HealthcareIT News this week.
The hospital has developed a care coordination app that helps clinicians hand off patients between shifts in addition to a patient-facing version of the app that helps parents keep tabs on those transitions. The...
September 15, 2014
This morning ACT -- The App Association and a number of its mobile health company members sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to encourage Congress to push HHS to make HIPAA regulations clearer for mobile app developers.
"We see a huge chunk of our membership engaged on both fitness and the more health-specific side," ACT's Executive Director Morgan Reed told MobiHealthNews in an interview. "...
August 20, 2014
After MobiHealthNews spotted and reported on the departure of two Aetna executives on the CarePass team, Aetna has confirmed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it will be phasing out the platform, and that the previously announced employer pilots will not be going forward.
"At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform," an Aetna spokesperson told...
August 7, 2014
Last month iMedicalApps' Dr. Iltifat Husain penned a great piece of reporting on a paid iPhone app that purported to a sense user's blood pressure using just the phone's camera. Apart from the troubling claim, the developer said it was using a method developed by Johns Hopkins (which has denied any ties to the group). What's more, the $3.99 app, called Instant Blood Pressure, was one of the top...
June 24, 2014
Source: IDC Health Insights
Health payers should look to the retail industry to improve their consumer health engagement strategies, a new paper from IDC Health Insights argues.
"It is important to differentiate between consumer engagement and marketing," IDC's analyst Deanne Kasim writes. "The overall objective of engagement is to drive behavior change and personal accountability. By contrast...
May 21, 2014
There are now more than 100,000 apps on the iOS and Android app stores, according to a new report by research firm Research2Guidance, double the market size of two and a half years ago. They project the mobile health app market will have produced $26 billion in revenue by the end of 2017, up from $2.4 billion so far.
Research2Guidance also found that the average app publisher has seven apps and...
April 10, 2014
This week the European Commission announced a consultation -- similar to a public notice from the FDA here in the US -- that asks digital health companies and others for help in identifying ways to encourage and regulate mobile health, which the Commission defines as "ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient...
September 26, 2013
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July 2, 2013
Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April.
That 10 percent figure is pretty close to...
June 19, 2013
On the iOS 6 and iOS 7 versions of Siri, the digital assistant software has been updated so that it will offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, instead of simply showing the nearest locations of suicide prevention centers like older versions of Siri did, according to Huffington Post. If the user chooses "no," Siri lists options of the closest suicide prevention centers.