March 8, 2012
In January Happtique, a healthcare-focused appstore, announced its plan to create a certification program for apps that would help the medical community determine which of the tens of thousands of health-related mobile apps were clinically appropriate and technically sound. The company has tapped a multi-disciplinary team to develop its certification program -- a practicing physician, nurse,...
January 25, 2012
Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, a system of 22 nonprofit hospitals, 185 clinics, a medical group, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services, announced that it had inked a deal with Kony Solutions to enable it to make its mobile health apps available to patients, members, and providers regardless of which operating system their mobile devices run. As we reported a...
January 25, 2012
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is recommending that developers of mobile applications be as transparent as possible with their privacy and security policies to cut down on ambiguity and engender consumer trust.
In a guidance document released Wednesday, the trade group outlines best practices for creating privacy policies and offers sample language that software companies can adopt and...
January 13, 2012
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin system, which Helius is based on.
UK-based retail pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy has inked an exclusive deal with Proteus Biomedical to launch Proteus' first commercial product, Helius, an offering that includes sensor-enabled pills, a peel-and-stick sensor patch worn on the body, and a mobile health app. The patch records when a pill is ingested, tracks sleep patterns...
January 11, 2012
Happtique, a healthcare-focused appstore, announced plans to create a certification program that will help the medical community determine which of the tens of thousands of health-related mobile apps are clinically appropriate and technically sound. The company has tapped a multi-disciplinary team to develop the "bona fide mHealth app certification program" within the next six months. The program...
January 5, 2012
David Passavant, the senior director of consumer innovation at UPMC Health Plan, which is owned by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, sees the advent of mobile health apps as an important tool for unraveling the "incredibly complex and confusing" world of health insurance for consumers.
In an interview with Smart Business, Passavant noted that by the end of 2012 most health insurance...
January 2, 2012
Toward the end of last year the Boston Globe's technology columnist Scott Kirsner reported that former Apple CEO John Sculley had invested in Misfit Wearables, a new startup from the co-founder of AgaMatrix, Sonny Vu. Kirsner reported that Misfit Wearables' first product would ship by the end of 2012 and that it had raised some $750,000 in funding so far. Investors include Sridhar Iyengar, Vu's...
August 30, 2011
As the space for fitness apps continues to grow, app developers need to innovate to gain users. While many apps include an in-app award component, Nexercise, a free iOS app that's the subject of a recent Reuters article, aims to incentivize users with real world products including gift cards, coupons, and vitamin supplements.
Using the app, users track their fitness activities, which can range...
July 13, 2011
The eighth annual Healthcare Unbound conference revealed a tension in the m-health marketplace between cutting-edge technology and ease of use.
According to Yan Chow, director of innovation and advanced technology for Kaiser Permanente, there are more than 9,000 health-related smartphone apps on the market right now, most segmented by phone operating system. But, noted AT&T Mobility's...
July 6, 2011
Humana launched HumanaVitality this week, a program that uses a points-based rewards system to encourage healthy behavior and wellness education. HumanaVitality is a joint venture between Humana and the Vitality program parent company, South Africa-based Discovery Holdings.
We first reported on HumanaVitality back in February, during an interview with Humana's CSO Paul Kusserow: “We have this...