mobile health

By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2014
April 1st is come and gone, but the mobile health jokes are sticking around. Just this week, we saw a cutting Indiegogo satire of suspect health trackers like HealBe and the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley," which hit us with a pretty good riff on physician-entrepreneurs. Started by someone calling themselves "Shane White", the Indiegogo page lasted about two days before being taken down by the...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2014
Left to Right: Darrell West, Gigi Sorenson, Xiaohui Yu, a translator, and Haihua Li The Chinese mobile health market is estimated at 1.8 billion renminbi (RMB) or $291 million and research firm iiMedia predicts it will hit 12.5 billion RMB, or $2 billion in 2017, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution on mobile health in the United States and China. The report goes on to say...
By Brian Dolan March 14, 2014
By Brian Dolan There is no shortage of sources for aggregate funding data for digital health companies, and while the overall numbers are helpful for hyping up growth of the digital health trend, more granular analyses of funding trends in digital health could prove to generate more insights about where funding dollars are going. Toward those ends, MobiHealthNews' newest paid report is an...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2014
According to a recent report from Chilmark Research, healthcare insurance companies -- or payers -- are increasingly partnering with biometric device companies. The firm calls to biometric activity tracking as the "latest fad" in payer adoption of consumer technology. Chilmark also noted a decline in the number of smartphone app launches from health plans, which launched more apps in 2012 than in...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2014
This is the very first MobiHealthNews In-depth -- our weekly series of longer form journalism focused on industry trends, pressing issues, and important events. This week we rounded up some digital health-related takeaways from the massive International CES 2014 event that recently took place in Las Vegas. The event's original name, the Consumer Electronics Show, points to its core focus, but the...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2014
Mobile health strategies shouldn't be one-size-fits-all, Dr. Harry Greenspun, Deloitte's Senior Advisor on Health Care Transformation and Technology, wrote in a recent blog post. There are four dimensions that need to be considering in developing a mobile health intervention or technology. Greenspun breaks down the focus areas into four P's: People, Payment, Places, and Purpose. "People" refers...
By Neil Versel January 15, 2014
Paraplegics walk with the help of robotic exoskeletons. Refugees from a natural disaster given remote care in a temporary health center. Patients with multiple chronic diseases are warned before they suffer a heart attack. Potentially deadly drug interactions prevented. These are just some of the ways in which digital health can save lives, attendees at the Digital Health Summit at International...
By Brian Dolan January 8, 2014
CES Flashback: After coming back from CES and the first Digital Health Summit co-located there four years ago, I wrote: "Perhaps in a few years we might be able to declare CES an event dominated by consumer health news — and those on the sidelines may find this to be a sudden event. The road to mass consumerization of wireless health devices, however, is much more complicated than those for other...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2013
What do you get when a major technology player in the mobile health world becomes ensconced in the health care system as a patient with a serious medical condition? Well, if that person is Eric Dishman, a founding member of Intel's Digital Health Group, you get a sobering talk on just how far mobile health still has to go. From the mHealth Summit main stage, Dishman spoke about his recovery...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2013
Research firm Frost & Sullivan listed mHealth among the top three hot topics in healthcare in 2013, garnered from a global survey of 1,835 executives, about 260 of whom worked in the healthcare industry. Fifty-one percent of respondents nominated mobility in healthcare, or mHealth, as a top trend for the year. The runners up were cloud computing, at 45 percent, and regulatory environments, at...