November 26, 2012
MobiHealthNews covered health coaching platform company Healthrageous's $6.5 million second round funding last month, but the company just announced that the final investor in that round was the Partners Innovation Fund, a division of Partners HealthCare. Partners is the parent company of the Center for Connected Health, the group Healthrageous spun off from when it was founded.
November 1, 2012
ZephyrLife's Android App
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will conduct a clinical trial of wearable health monitoring devices from Zephyr Technology to monitor pregnant women as they give birth, then quickly roll the system out to a hospital in Uganda in an effort to stem high infant mortality.
Mass General's Center for Global Health is testing Annapolis, Md.-based Zephyr's BioHarness...
October 29, 2012
For the second year in a row, the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston has received a McKesson Foundation research grant to develop and study a text messaging system that will help patients with a specific condition. This time, the unspecified grant will support SMS and voice response technology for managing pain associated with cancer treatment in hopes of reducing...
September 26, 2012
Telcare Blood Glucose Meter
Digital health management company Healthrageous is teaming with health insurer Highmark to test the latest iteration of its behavior modification program for type 2 diabetes.
Highmark is sponsoring a six-month trial that started in July at Acosta Sales and Marketing, a self-insured company in Jacksonville, Fla., for diabetes self-management using Healthrageous...
September 25, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a public briefing this week with its mHealth Task Force, which formed just this past June to work with various other healthcare professionals and technologists to create a report full of "concrete" next steps that the FCC (and other agencies) can take to facilitate the adoption and acceleration of mHealth in the United States. The task force co-...
August 13, 2012
Ted Rappaport, Founder & Director, NYU Wireless
New York University is the latest institution to open a wireless health research center, though NYU is calling its effort the "first academic research center combining the exploration of advanced wireless technologies, computing and medical applications."
NYU last week unveiled NYU Wireless, bringing together engineering, computer science and...
March 5, 2012
Fitlinxx Actiped clip-on activity monitors
Boston-based Partners HealthCare and its Center for Connected Health recently announced plans to expand its connected fitness program, Partners Step It Up, to six Boston public schools this years. The healthcare system made the announcement at a visit to one of the schools with US HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The expansion builds on a pilot launch...
February 1, 2012
A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that using a "virtual coach" helped overweight or obese people increase their activity levels. Researchers at Boston-based Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, and Massachusetts General Hospital found that virtual coaches increased step counts by a significant amount. Participants in the study wore...
November 9, 2011
Healthrageous has partnered with Philadelphia-based health insurer Independence Blue Cross, IBC's director of eBusiness Development Michael Yetter told attendees at the recent Insurance & Technology Executive Summit in Arizona. Healthrageous, which spun out of Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health last year, offers a wellness platform that uses wireless-enabled fitness devices and...
August 3, 2011
Boston-based integrated delivery network (IDN) Partners HealthCare has taken its electronic medical record mobile with the help of InterSystems. InterSystems offering, CACHE, made mobilizing Partners' internally developed EHR possible. The initiative took 90 days to implement, according to the company, and now an estimated 2,000 clinicians within Partners are using the app, which is currently...