April 15, 2014
Consumer-focused health technology companies raised $398 million from 103 investment deals in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.
When Mercom Capital Group broke this category down further, it found the majority of the funding came from mobile health companies, which raised $198 million in 61 deals. The second highest total was from telehealth companies, $...
April 14, 2014
New entrants in the healthcare space are poised to disrupt the system in the next few years, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, which cites the number of upstart companies in other industries -- 24 -- on the latest Fortune 50 list.
"Technological advances, empowered consumers, disruptive new entrants, and rising demand by an aging population are ushering in a new era in...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...