February 13, 2013
It seems counterintuitive for those who proudly wear the "hacker" label to seek ways to work with established industry players rather than being disruptive in a healthcare sector badly in need of radical change, but that was what happened at Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, the recently concluded 11-day event better known as MIT Media Lab's Health and Wellness Hackathon.
The hackathon brought...
February 12, 2013
MobiHealthNews Contributing Editor Neil Versel really hit a nerve last week when writing about direct-to-consumer healthcare and the acquisition of Massive Health by fitness device maker Jawbone. (Be sure to read it now, if you haven't yet.) While his column made a number of provocative comments, I think this one really gets to the heart of his argument: "What those projects all have in common is...
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....
January 28, 2013
Early screenshot of Basis Band's dashboard
Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of American adults track their own health data, however, most aren't using digital technologies to do so.
About 69 percent of US adults track at least one health indicator, according to a national survey called Tracking for Health, conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. About 60 percent...
December 28, 2012
PatientSafe Solutions, formerly known as IntelliDot, raised $13.3 million in venture funding, according to a regulatory filing from earlier this month. According to the document the company is looking to raise about $12 million more, or about $25 million in total.
In February 2012 the company launched the latest version of its PatientTouch offering, which is an iPod touch-based mobile clinical...
November 13, 2012
At the beginning of the year I received a call from Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and investigative journalism professor Rochelle Sharpe, who was planning to begin a project that looked at some of the worst medical apps available -- or previously available -- in app stores. Sharpe was working with a small group of Boston University journalism students to comb through Apple's AppStore and...
August 28, 2012
Just a week after the ONC published the final version of Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, AirStrip Technologies announced a new addition to its mobile health platform -- a meaningful use tracker.
In June San Antonio-based AirStrip Technologies announced that it was expanding its suite of mobile patient monitoring applications to enable physicians to more easily access information housed in...
August 21, 2012
According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, the Brazilian market is the second fastest growing BRIC market after China. Last year Brazil's health IT market generated revenues of $410 million, which is expected to hit $714 million by 2015. The country will also make up more than 47 percent of the Latin American market by 2015, according to the report.
The country's healthcare IT market...
August 20, 2012
This week the The New York Times delved into a notion -- hard to call it a trend yet -- that has received a lot of ink this year: Physician prescription of mobile health apps.
The report focuses on the Greater New York Hospital Association's subsidiary Happtique, which has slowly and surely developed a healthcare-focused appstore and delivery mechanism, a health app certification program, and a...
August 13, 2012
It's long been said that baby boomers are the ones who will challenge the archaic notion that the doctor always knows best. At least when it comes to mobile apps, that does not seem to be the case, a survey suggests.
In a poll of 600 smartphone-using baby boomers by Mitchell Research & Communications, an East Lansing, Mich.-based polling and political consulting firm, 60 percent said a...