May 16, 2013
Happtique, a high-profile subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association's for-profit arm GNYHA Ventures, has had a rocky few weeks.
The association recently made the decision to re-focus Happtique just on hospital customers and strip upwards of $1 million out of Happtique's budget. The contentious decision led to the resignation of Happtique's CEO Ben Chodor, MobiHealthNews has learned...
May 7, 2013
The Lingraphica MiniTalk
For many telemedicine offerings, part of the problem that the technology helps solve is distance by connecting providers and patients even if they are miles apart. Telestroke diagnostic consultation between physicians has long been an established telehealth practice. For some of the effects of a stroke, however, it's not so much distance or speediness that is an issue....
April 24, 2013
Last month Germany-based research firm Research2Guidance predicted that the overall, worldwide mobile health market would generate about $26 billion in revenues by 2017, but this month it broke out a 2017 revenue prediction for mobile health sensors that connect to a mobile health app: $5.6 billion. The firm believes that this segment of the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 69...
March 21, 2013
This week the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee is hosting a three-day series of hearings focused mostly on the FDA regulation of mobile medical apps. As of this writing two hearings have taken place, one held by the Communications and Technology subcommittee on Tuesday and another held by the Health subcommittee on Wednesday, but what could be the main event is set to...
March 19, 2013
We are live blogging old school today: Hit the refresh button every few minutes for updates! (Live blog is now concluded.)
12:24PM: Rep. Ellmers very quickly concludes the hearing. That's a wrap! Next hearing is slated for tomorrow at 10AM ET.
12:22PM: Rep. Ellmers asks if medical device tax will hamper innovation. Thompson, Dagi, and Ford all said yes. Others said unclear. Rep. Ellmers says she...
March 9, 2013
If WebMD has its way, in a few years time it will be clear that one of the biggest announcements to come out of HIMSS 2013 was its partnership with Qualcomm Life. In an interview with MobiHealthNews, WebMD's EVP & CTO Bill Pence explained that the initial partnership sees WebMD's consumer sites and apps serving as a place to collect data from the health devices and services that connect to...
March 5, 2013
Mayo Clinic's app: Patient
When Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records (EHR) incentive program known as meaningful use begins in October (for hospitals) and in January 2014 (for physicians), compliance for the first time will not be completely in the hands of providers.
Stage 2 rules require participants to give at least half of their patients the ability to view and download their own...
March 4, 2013
A little more than a month ago, Naomi Fried, chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, tweeted: that most healthcare mobile apps are built for consumers and focus on health and wellness, while only 20 percent are clinical apps. She wrote: "We need more #hospital apps." Naturally, this caught our attention.
"There's a huge opportunity for mobile apps in the hospital environment,"...
February 26, 2013
This week Aetna announced the launch of its Mobile Assistant App for non-US-based members that aims to make it easier for them submit health claims and receipts by snapping a photo of them with their smartphones. The free app is now available in Apple's AppStore and for Android users through Google Play.
The app is currently available to Aetna's international customers who live outside of the US...
February 14, 2013
Last summer Citrix acquired ByteMobile for an undisclosed sum. ByteMobile works with mobile operators -- 130 of them in 60 countries -- to help them better understand how subscribers use their 3G and 4G networks and how best to optimize data services and mobile video services accordingly. Since ByteMobile has a view into what people are actually doing on their mobile phones, it has released an...