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By Jonah Comstock 10:07 am August 28, 2013
Software developer Ringful Health, developers of the first mobile health app to integrate with the now-defunct Google Health, has teamed up with Consumer Reports to create an app to help patients choose the most effective, and often cheapest, prescription drug for their conditions. The app, called Best Drugs for Less, lists the best drugs based on "comparative medical research into effectiveness...
By Neil Versel 09:45 am July 16, 2013
Dr. Robert Kaplan The research community appears to be relishing the challenge of producing enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove the efficacy of mobile health technologies while also remaining open to new methods of evaluation that can keep pace with rapid innovation. "The literature has really mushroomed in the last couple of years," Robert M. Kaplan, director of the Office of...
By Jonah Comstock 10:26 am June 26, 2013
Michael Mulvihill, CEO of ORCAS, announced that the company will be launching a new, clinically tested iOS app for depression self-management next month. ORCAS, which originally stood for Oregon Center for Applied Science, was founded in 1989 as a research organization looking into ways people could use technology to improve their own health. The organization has been developing a number of...
By Neil Versel 03:15 am February 21, 2013
I've got concussions on the brain this week (fortunately, no concussions on my own brain), and, so it seems, do a lot of digital health technology developers. While taking in a heated rivalry game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, I had the misfortune of witnessing Chicago star Marian Hossa lying motionless on the ice for several seconds after taking an elbow...
By Jonah Comstock 10:02 am December 11, 2012
During last week's mHealth Summit, MobiHealthNews wrote about the relative slowness of rigorous efficacy data collection, compared to the speed of mobile development. One way to sidestep this problem is to work the other way around - to start with existing, reputable data, and build an online service that leverages it. That's the process that led to Omada Health's diabetes prevention program,...
By Neil Versel 02:30 am September 20, 2012
Leap of Faith Technologies, which offers a smartphone- and tablet-based mobile medication management system, has received a federal grant of more than $1 million to accelerate the commercialization of its technology. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant, recently awarded the Crystal Lake, Illinois-based company a $1,021,296 grant for its...
By Neil Versel 01:48 am September 18, 2012
A branch of the National Institutes of Health is seeking input on plans to establish a public-private partnership to coordinate research on mobile and wireless technologies in healthcare. The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) on Friday issued a request for information on organizations that could serve as managing partner or other participants in the partnership. The...
By Brian Dolan 04:21 am October 27, 2011
Without actually trying it out, an early critic may have faulted the first automobile for not having a horse to pull it. After all, how else would a vehicle of the day transport a person from one location to another? Horses were a necessary part of the equation back then; the rubric of the day made their participation mandatory. Such may be the state of mobile health efficacy studies. Before we...
By Chris Gullo 05:43 am August 29, 2011
Senior monitoring service AFrame Digital announced this week it has received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging to examine reduction in elderly falls using its wireless MobileCare monitor platform. AFrame's MobileCare platform is a watch-like device that wirelessly transmits a users’ motion and location data, including activity, weight, blood...