October 10, 2017
Update: This article has been updated to clarify MedHelp's affiliation with Merck and recent announcement of acquisition by Vitals.
To expedite its push into mobile health, Yardley, Pennsylvania-based StayWell announced today that it has acquired the mobile health portion of Silicon Valley-based MedHelp, which includes several consumer-facing mobile health apps.
The terms of the deal were not...
September 26, 2017
While telemedicine has been touted as a potential care delivery strategy in remote and low-resource settings, successfully sustaining these services has proved difficult. The key to long-term deployment, recent research suggests, could lie in key partnerships between public health systems and entrepreneurial providers of telemedicine.
“Telemedicine is very helpful in extending the reach of...
September 19, 2017
Healthcare is becoming more decentralized every day thanks to new technologies and a growing emphasis on consumer-focused services, according to presentations at the Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Boston today. But even as telehealth, wearables, virtual reality, and other technologies disrupt familiar models of health care delivery, a greater shift in culture and policy will be...
September 15, 2017
Update: This story has been updated to include additional quotes from the study's researchers.
Heart disease patients visiting mobile health clinics outfitted with pocket-sized, smartphone-connected ECGs and other point-of-care medical devices are more quickly referred for therapy, and less frequently experience hospitalization or death.
According to a recent study, published in the Journal of...
September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.
“Under a collaborative agreement with...
March 13, 2017
With previous rumored Trump picks to lead the FDA, we’ve had to rely on speculation to gauge their approach to mobile and digital health. Not so with former FDA deputy commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s final pick as of Friday.
Gottlieb, who will still have to be confirmed by the Senate, has made his feelings about mobile health regulation very clear. In 2014, he co-authored a piece for...
September 30, 2016
This week in Santa Clara marked the 10th anniversary for Health 2.0, a health tech conference held every year in Silicon Valley to explore the progress being made in the digital health space and the challenges that remain. MobiHealthNews was onsite all four days of the conference and below we’ve rounded up our coverage of the event, plus quite a few presentations and bits of news that didn’t make...
August 22, 2016
Asthma UK, a British nonprofit dedicated to fighting asthma, has released a report highlighting the role connected health has to play in treating asthma and reducing the number of preventable deaths from the disease.
"At Asthma UK we are determined to stop asthma attacks." Asthma UK CEO Kay Boycott writes in the introduction to the report. "Outcomes have plateaued in recent years and this must...
July 14, 2016
A new survey of 1,000 US adults from Adobe Digital Insights found that consumers, especially younger consumers, are bullish on health apps, but their enthusiasm sometimes outpaces the technology available to them.
Adobe asked respondents about a number of health-related activities whether they had done them via a smartphone and whether they would, if given the chance, elect to do them exclusively...
April 6, 2016
Innovation seems to be slower to come to the mental health field than other areas of medicine, and it’s not just limited to digital health innovation. At a panel at the HxR event in Boston yesterday, a number of experts questioned why that is and shared some aspects of mobile mental health apps they’re developing.
“Over a 10-year period of time, $9.1 billion went into oncology, while 0.9 billion...