September 28, 2009
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a pilot that leverages text messaging to send information about the H1N1 (swine flu) and other health topics. The pilot is a three month long study that will also include feedback surveys from users to help the CDC better use the platform moving forward.
Unfortunately, the pilot does not make use of free to end user text messages, so...
September 22, 2009
FCC's Open Internet threatens telemedicine? A PBS Nightly Business Report yesterday noted that the new FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski's plans for an open Internet could end up stunting growth in telemedicine or wireless health services. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are worried that proposed FCC requirements to treat all web traffic equally will prevent them from effectively managing their...
August 5, 2009
Text messaging (SMS) and premium SMS technology solutions provider mBlox announced a new offering today called Free to End User (FTEU) text messaging, that could create a clear go to market strategy for wireless healthcare companies looking to leverage text messages in their offerings. While virtually every phone has text messaging capabilities, not all end users have unlimited texting plans....
June 23, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Services, Kendra Markle told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in Seattle that "wireless technology is revolutionizing health behavior change tools." These tools can now reach people anytime, including during those moments directly before we make health-related decisions, she said.
These tools can now reach people right when they sit down in...
June 5, 2009
Ten percent of Americans believe text messaging is the best way for them to communicate with health insurers, according to the Microsoft Health Engagement Survey 2009, which Kelton Research conducted. The survey concluded that consumers want coaching via email and phones from their healthcare providers to help them improve their own health.
66 percent: Interested in emails from providers for...
May 7, 2009
"I think what's missing from a lot of these mobile [health] demos is the patient-doctor interaction," Kaiser Permanente's Ted Eytan said during an interview on the sidelines of the Health 2.0 conference earlier this month. "If my doctor recommended a mobile service and said, 'Hey, I've looked at this and I think it would be useful,' then I'd be more likely to use it."
As we have noted in the past...
May 6, 2009
Major cities across the U.S. and Canada have recently launched text message-based sex education hotlines in an effort to stem teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto each have automated text message services for frequently asked questions that provide teens with answers and information on local clinics.
The New York Times recently...
April 27, 2009
At the Lunch and Launch event at the Health 2.0 meets Ix event in Boston last week, mHealth companies dominated. The audience voted in two of the mobile phone-powered health solutions as the most impressive--Living Profiles, a Project HealthDesign startup partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and FrontlineSMS:Medic.
According to Living Profiles' site, "The specific segment of the...
April 8, 2009
Earlier this year we reported that Kaiser Permanente was planning on rolling out a national campaign for text message based appointment reminders after the company conducted a successful pilot. This week at the HIMSS event in Chicago, we caught up with Kaiser's Director of Enterprise Engineering Carlos Matos and VP of Public Relations Holly Potter to discuss the text message reminder rollout and...
April 1, 2009
This morning at the CTIA wireless event in Las Vegas, CTIA President Steve Largent announced the latest metrics for mobile phone usage in the U.S. The numbers only reaffirm the mobile platform as the best one for interactive health applications. Here's a quick rundown of the latest wireless stats for U.S. subscribers:
Subscribers: The total number of subscribers at the end of 2008 was more than...