February 23, 2015
AliveCor recalled Version 2.1.2 of its AliveECG iOS app under an FDA Class III recall according to an FDA posting that went up this month. But in actuality, the "recall," which happened in mid-January, was little more than a run-of-the-mill buggy app update, which the company patched within two days.
"If you read the definitions of recall, if you, as a manufacturer of medical devices, place a...
October 27, 2014
Pharmaceutical companies have a lot of apps in the market, and have been making apps for a long time, but their apps aren't seeing downloads and usage on par with the apps from other industries. That's the conclusion of a new report from Research2Guidance (R2G), which analyzed more than 725 apps from 11 pharma companies.
According to R2G, the top pharma companies have 65 apps in the Apple and...
March 24, 2014
Health and fitness app app maker Azumio currently leads the diabetes app market with 17.8 percent market share, according to a new report from Research2Guidance. The company tracked iOS and Android downloads of more than 1,000 diabetes apps between 2008 and 2013 with the help of Priori Data, a Berlin-based company that collects publicly available metadata on apps.
According to Research2Guidance's...
August 28, 2013
Texas-based iPhone vision test startup Vital Art and Science (maker of MyVisionTrack) has raised $550,000 in first round funding from the North Texas Angel Network (NTAN).
The company's flagship product, myVisionTrack, is an iPhone 4S-based shape discrimination hyperacuity test for patients with serious degenerative eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and age-related macular...
May 8, 2013
Last month the US Food and Drug Administration gave three medical devices 510(k) Class II clearances that aim to help people with diabetes better manage their condition via glucose meters that connect to apps on smartphones and tablet devices.
Palo Alto, California-based Glooko received its second 510(k) clearance for glucose monitoring logbook app and cable that connects various off-the-shelf...
October 4, 2011
PositiveID announced this week that its iglucose diabetes management system will be used in a study sponsored by Sanofi and the American Medical Directors Association Foundation (AMDA).
PositiveID's iglucose system pairs with compatible blood glucose meters to wirelessly submit readings to a diabetes management portal, which can then by viewed via electronic logbooks and aggregated into trend...
July 17, 2011
Last fall French pharmaceutical company Sanofi and Boston-area medical device maker Agamatrix announced plans to bring to market a glucose monitor, the iBGStar Jazz Nugget, which plugs into the iPhone. While the Nugget has yet to secure FDA clearance, it is already available in Europe and a US launch seems imminent.
That's why it comes as something of a surprise that Agamatrix co-founder and...
June 13, 2011
Mathew discusses LifeScan's prototype iPhone BGM app in 2009
In early 2009 at an iPhone 3.0 launch event, Apple demonstrated how a LifeScan blood glucose meter could connect to the iPhone.
Anita Mathew from LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, demonstrated the prototype iPhone application that would let users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors direclty to...
January 19, 2011
We mentioned a report last week from the Digital Pharma Blog that Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Merck had each removed apps from the Apple AppStore in recent months. While many others covering this story attributed the move to a potential rethinking on the value of apps, the Digital Pharma Blog attributes many of the withdrawals to mergers the companies went through during the past two years...
September 21, 2010
French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis announced that it has tapped medical device maker Agamatrix to create blood glucose meter plug-in for Apple's iPhone called iBGStar, during a presentation at the European(Association for the Study of Diabetes conference. According to the companies, the meter could be the first medical device plugin to connect to Apple's iPhone.
While Johnson &...