March 20, 2014
StartUp Health company Sense Health, which makes text messaging software for Medicaid care managers, has completed a randomized controlled trial. The results are still forthcoming, but CEO Stan Berkow shared a few with MobiHealthNews.
Care managers are social workers or registered nurses assigned by Medicaid or other healthcare stakeholders to work closely with the highest-cost patients. Sense...
December 10, 2013
Digital health startups that are targeting the aging population, 50 and over, more than doubled their funding in the past three years, increasing their funding from $413 million in 2010 to $928 million in 2013, according to a report sponsored by AARP and StartUp Health.
The partnership and report development is part of AARP's Innovation@50+ initiative, which aims to increase awareness that...
December 9, 2013
Qualcomm Life Fund's Jack Young
More than $4 billion has been invested in digital health startups in the past three years, Qualcomm Life Fund's director Jack Young told attendees at HIMSS' Venture+ event at the mHealth Summit this week, and that means those investors are expecting a total return of about $15 billion in the next five to seven years. Young said the excitement in digital health...
December 3, 2013
Back in August, I wrote about how the rich and famous were adopting health wearables. But what about the other end of the spectrum? Recent Pew data shows that lower income people are the most likely to have one or more chronic disease, but the least likely to use a health app. Developing mobile health technologies for low income and underserved populations doesn't just have the potential to help...
October 30, 2013
WebMD has acquired EHR-neutral patient portal Avado for an undisclosed amount, a purchase which will accelerate the company's plans to enhance the connectivity between its recently relaunched WebMD patient app and its physician-facing MedScape app. UPDATE: TechCrunch is reporting a $20 to $30 million price range for the acquisition, citing sources close to the deal.
"Avado has developed a cloud-...
October 14, 2013
Yingo Yango's app.
Digital health accelerator StartUp Health announced its latest class of 14 companies, including some familiar names. StartUp Health is a little different from other accelerators as it accepts companies at any stage and from anywhere in the country and mentors them for 3 years, rather than a few months.
StartUp Health reported, along with the announcement of the new class,...
August 10, 2013
Weight Watchers online portal and app.
This week in mobile health, we saw FDA clearances for Alere and Verizon, trials from Scripps and Qualcomm, and some interesting new products in the consumer health sphere from Beddit, Emotiv, and BioBeats. Some other articles from around the web have also highlighted mobile health trends. Here's some interesting pieces that caught our eyes this week.
July 12, 2013
Caremerge, a Chicago-based company building software for assisted living facilities, has raised $2.1 million in funding from European investors. Grazyna Kulczyk, a Polish entrepreneur, led the round along with an undisclosed Swiss investor.
The company provides care coordination and communication software to senior living communities with a HIPAA-compliant offering that allows residents' health...
June 18, 2013
New York City-based Medivo, a StartUp Health company that offers a physician and consumer-facing health monitoring platform, has raised $15 million in its second round funding, bringing the company's total funding to $22 million. The round was led by a new investor, the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (GHI). Previous investors Safeguard Scientifics and MentorTech Ventures also contributed to...
May 14, 2013
For many years there has been a common refrain for mobile health app discovery: There's no Consumer Reports for health apps. With tens of thousands of health-related smartphone apps, dozens of direct-to-consumer wearable health sensors now available, and various other websites and services -- how is the increasingly health-conscious consumer to choose? Or, perhaps, if you believe that digital...