August 6, 2012
According to a new research report from London-based Global Data, the global mobile health market was worth $1.2 billion in 2011 and will increase in value to $11.8 billion by 2018. The research firm stated this past April that the mobile health market was worth about $500,000 in 2010 and -- curiously -- would be worth only $8 billion by 2018 when it released its report this past spring. Citing...
June 19, 2012
This week Aetna launched an iPad-specific version of its iTriage app, which it acquired for an undisclosed sum last year. The iTriage app aims to help its users determine what medical condition they might have and where they might choose to go for treatment. More recently the app gave its users the ability to book appointments with select doctors right from their mobile devices.
Like most iOS...
June 14, 2012
Care transitions technology provider Axial Exchange has acquired mRemedy, a mobile health app company formed by the Mayo Clinic and DoApp in late 2009. While the companies did not disclose specific financial details about the acquisition, Mayo Clinic and Axial's existing investor Canaan Partners both invested in Axial Exchange to help it complete the acquisition. The resulting company now counts...
May 7, 2012
Clinical psychologist and senior researcher at Intel, Margaret Morris published a helpful paper this week that includes seven guidelines for motivating healthy behavior change with help from mobile devices and apps. Below is a quick redux of the seven tips, be sure to read the full report to better understand the suggestions:
1. Remind people of who they want to be. "To drive lifestyle change,...
April 25, 2012
Last week, just a few days before connected fitness device maker Fitbit announced the commercial launch of its WiFi-enabled Aria scale, BodyMedia and Withings partnered up to integrate weight data from Withings' WiFi scale into BodyMedia user's online dashboards and apps. BodyMedia offers its own suite of connected fitness devices, but has not developed its own connected weight scale. Similarly,...
April 10, 2012
Earlier this year Accenture published a report, Connected Health: The Drive to Integrated Care, that analyzed the results of a survey of 3,727 physicians in eight countries. Accenture interviewed 500 physicians from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain and the US, and about 200 in Singapore. Within the report's almost 300 pages are a number of findings, but most of the discussion...
April 9, 2012
Washington, DC-based Medicaid managed care organization, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, is rolling out a pilot text messaging program for members with diabetes. The Medicaid plan is providing 50 of its members with the free messages, which will include tips about living with diabetes, as part of a broader program that includes in-person visits.
The texts aim to encourage patients to schedule annual...
March 29, 2012
This week Castlight Health, which offers a personalized health care shopping platform that helps employees better understand the price of medical services and the quality of certain providers, has launched its first mobile app: Castlight Mobile is currently available as a native app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices users, but the company suggests BlackBerry users and others can access the...
March 15, 2012
Source: Global mHealth Initiative
Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University's Global mHealth Initiative has undertaken what the Baltimore Sun calls "one of the broadest efforts to assess mHealth strategies" with 49 official studies underway by dozens of university faculty members. According to the report, the initiative is evaluating which mHealth services can help physicians, community health...
March 12, 2012
Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens added two new features to its mobile health app: medication reminders and prescription transfers via barcode scans. Without citing specific numbers -- other than that its mobile user base was in the millions -- Walgreens said adoption of its mobile apps grew 500 percent last year.
One of the app's new feature, called Pill Reminder, aims to help Walgreens iPhone...