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...
March 14, 2013
Novartis Oncology, a division of the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, has added two new free Apple and Android apps to its catalog: My NET Manage and Clinical Trial Seek. Interestingly, one of their most high-profile apps, VaxTrak, has now disappeared from the Apple and Google Play stores.
My NET Manager is an app for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (or NET) to help them manage and...
December 13, 2012
Back in September, MobiHealthNews reported that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mHealth taskforce recommended, among other things, that the FCC hire a healthcare director. A job posting for that position has now been posted by the FCC.
According to the post, the Director of Health Care Initiatives will serve for a maximum of four years. The Commission hopes to hire someone with a...
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,...
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...
December 15, 2011
Mobile adoption just keeps marching forward, but someone had best solve the payment issue sooner rather than later.
The move toward accountable care organizations and Medicare's denial of reimbursements for certain preventable readmissions certainly will put some of the onus on hospitals and integrated delivery networks to keep post-discharge patients and those with chronic diseases healthy. It...
December 14, 2011
Northern Arizona's Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) announced this week a collaboration with Qualcomm, Verizon, the NIH, and Zephyr Technology on a remote monitoring program for some of its patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The collaboration, called Care Beyond Walls and Wires, will use technology from each of the companies. The NIH is acting as an adviser.
Flagstaff's program will...
July 6, 2010
The federal government's USA.gov website unveiled a new "app store" with about 20 mobile applications, including four health-related applications, just before the holiday weekend. According to the FAQ section of the USA.gov app store, the purpose of the new offering is described as such:
"Government apps provide information when you're on the go. Find instant notification of recalls to the status...
November 11, 2009
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has an online database called ClinicalTrials.gov that includes a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials underway or completed. The database currently boasts more than 81,000 clinical trials from some 170 countries. As you might expect a couple dozen of those trials are testing wireless health solutions -- mostly mobile phone...
November 3, 2009
During a keynote at the Foundation for the NIH's mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. last week, Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had joined the mHealth Alliance, a consortium created by the Vodafone Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation. PEPFAR is now a founding member of the Alliance.
PEPFAR's participation in the...