June 14, 2011
Some of the largest health insurers are increasing their mobile healthcare presence with patient-focused smartphone applications, reports AmedNews, with apps for physicians soon to follow.
The mobile offerings provide a strong customer service tool, strengthen the physician/patient relationship, and save costs, according to insurers. Among the companies with currently available mobile offerings...
June 7, 2011
Strava Cycling iPhone app
Fitness startups may be becoming a hot commodity for venture capitalists, according to a report in peHUB. In a recent article, the publication profiled venture capitalist Greg Gretsch who brought his hardcore cycling habit into his investment portfolio.
Gretsch who is the managing director of Sigma Partners spent many years avoiding investing in his hobbies, but when he...
October 28, 2010
"Your body is mobile. Shouldn't your health information be, too?" That's the lead-off in the new promotional video for Quest Diagnostics smartphone app, Gazelle, which gives millions of Americans access to their lab results directly on their iPhone or BlackBerry. Gazelle users become the ones in control of their lab data and other personal health data, according to Quest. The smartphone...
October 28, 2010
Last week we wrote about the Pew Internet & American Life Project's report on mobile health apps adoption, which the research group pegged at 9 percent among US adults with mobile phones. To my surprise during this past week a number of publications covered this report as a sign of "weak" adoption for mobile health. Weak! Really?
On Pew's site the report's author, Susannah Fox teased the...
July 21, 2010
At the Healthcare Unbound conference in San Diego this week, Parks Associates Director of Health & Mobile Research Harry Wang presented topline findings from the firm's recently published report: Uptake of Personal Health Tools & Services. Parks surveyed 1,948 U.S. "Internet heads of household" during the second and third weeks of June 2010.
The most interesting slide from Wang's...
July 6, 2010
The federal government's USA.gov website unveiled a new "app store" with about 20 mobile applications, including four health-related applications, just before the holiday weekend. According to the FAQ section of the USA.gov app store, the purpose of the new offering is described as such:
"Government apps provide information when you're on the go. Find instant notification of recalls to the status...