May 10, 2010
Was the first quarter of 2010 an important one for mobile health?
When the number of deals tracked for a given industry during one quarter comes close to the total number for the previous year, it’s clear that industry is ramping up. Mobile health is that industry. In our 2009 year-end report, MobiHealthNews chronicled just over 70 deals and partnerships that took place between industry partners...
May 5, 2010
Following the publication of the FCC National Broadband Plan a new term entered the mobile health and connected health industries' lexicon: "eCare." The FCC adopted this term to serve as an umbrella concept for "the electronic exchange of information -- data, images and video -- to aid in the practice of medicine and advanced analytics. Encompasses technologies that enable video consultation,...
March 16, 2010
The FCC published its 360-page National Broadband Plan today and it includes a 25 page chapter on broadband and healthcare. We pulled out one section that focuses on mobile networks and "the Future of Health" that summarizes much of the activity ongoing in the mobile health industry today.
The FCC points to physicians using smartphones for remote diagnosis; consumers using mobile devices for...
March 8, 2010
"There is a growing awareness of the opportunity that mobile has for healthcare," Dr. John Mattison, assistant medical director and chief medical information officer (CMIO), Kaiser Permanente Southern California told MobiHealthNews in an interview at HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta last week. "When we spoke last December, that much was clear. What has not gotten recognition is that mobile health can have a...
March 5, 2010
Aetna's "On-the-Go" apps for smartphone users, which we originally wrote about in June 2009, will launch next month, according to the company. Aetna's mobile strategy does not only include smartphone apps -- the company has also launched a mobile-friendly website that's easier to browse from a handheld device and is also launching text message powered services for those users without smartphones...
March 1, 2010
Solo physicians and small practices will soon have a new low-cost electronic health records (EHR) solution option available to them from a brand they may know very well: Epocrates. The popular point-of-care mobile application provider will soon launch its own "mobile and Web-based" EHR (notice they put "mobile" first.)
“This was a logical next step for Epocrates,” Rose Crane, CEO of Epocrates...
November 12, 2009
TripleTree recently announced the availability of its latest research report: Wireless and Mobile Health Report, a follow-up to its classic Telemedicine 2.0 report from 2007, which we still reference because of its helpful categorization of the wireless health market. TripleTree's latest report is likely to be even more useful (and it's free -- register for a copy here.)
While previous reports...
July 3, 2009
In order to get a better sense of which mobile health applications are gaining consistent traction, we'll be publishing iPhone app "pulse checks" regularly since Apple makes the popularity of their apps public and updates it in real-time. This week, we compiled a snapshot of the top ten most popular paid apps in the Health & Fitness category. Applications in this category typically skew to...
June 9, 2009
By Jim Lefevere
"Pioneers get the arrows," as the saying goes. I much prefer: "Pioneers get arrows in their back." Being early in a market is great -- if the market is ready for you.
I have been in and around Internet and healthcare for nearly 15 years. I almost regret to say that that for many reasons, but mostly because I have been waiting that long for technology to revolutionize healthcare....
June 3, 2009
There is little benefit to be gained from deciphering the ever-moving target of teen speak, which at the present time is greatly influenced by abbreviations used when text messaging. "IDK my BFF Jill," as the popular Cingular wireless commercial once taught us. For the healthcare industry, though, some wireless industry semantics are worth exploring at the risk of remaining known as the industry...