Text4Baby

By Brian Dolan 06:42 pm March 7, 2012
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has committed $9.9 million to the mHealth Alliance to help it create grant competitions for innovative mobile health services that aim to improve women and children's health. Maternal health has been an area of focus for mHealth services: Text4Baby, a free, SMS-based health service for new and expectant mothers is perhaps one of the most...
By Brian Dolan 12:09 pm February 29, 2012
This week the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare announced plans to leverage the Text4Baby SMS-based initiative to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Text4Baby currently counts about 300,000 users of its free health tips via text messages for pregnant women about pregnancy and infant care. The Text4Baby program first launched two years ago and is...
By Brian Dolan 12:39 pm February 1, 2012
Text4Baby has partnered with Benz Communications to develop a maternal health "toolkit" for employers that aims to help them promote the Text4Baby service and other maternity benefits to employees. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. It is available in both English and Spanish. Here's how the (former) White House CTO Aneesh Chopra described the...
By Chris Gullo 12:24 pm December 1, 2011
HealthRally, a San Francisco-based startup that uses crowd-sourced financial incentives for fitness motivation, has raised $400,000 from prominent angel investors, according to a report at TechCrunch. Those investors include Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings as well as Richard Sass, Ty Danco, Isy Goldwasser, and Jeff Thiel. HealthRally combines financial incentives and social networking by...
By Chris Gullo 07:35 am November 16, 2011
A preliminary study of Text4Baby's impact found that the service made an impact, according to a new study from researchers at UC San Diego Health System's Department of Reproductive Medicine and the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at Cal State San Marcos University. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. The service, which launched in...
By Chris Gullo 07:17 am October 19, 2011
An upcoming efficacy study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Text4Baby SMS service will make use of electronic health records (EHR) data, according to an announcement in the US Federal Register. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. Text4Baby launched in February of 2010 and currently has more than 190,000 subscribers...
By Chris Gullo 06:29 am September 19, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week two new SMS smoking cessation programs, QuitNowTXT and SmokeFreeTXT, as part of their Text4Health initiative. The programs, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, are aimed separately at adults, and teens/young adults, respectively. HHS formed the Text4Health Task Force in November 2010 to provide ...
By Chris Gullo 10:20 am September 7, 2011
Voxiva, creator of Text4Baby and Text2Quit, announced this week an agreement with Alere Wellbeing's smoking cessation program Quit For Life to exclusively merge their services into one offering. Voxiva’s Text2Quit launched in June. The service makes use of text messages, emails and the web along with evidence-based best practices from the Surgeon General and peer-reviewed studies. The service is...
By Chris Gullo 07:11 am September 2, 2011
A new study of overweight teens published in the journal Obesity reveals the most effective ways text messages could be used to encourage healthy behavior change in adolescents, reports the LA Times. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, who believe tailored text messages could help teens adopt healthier lifestyle changes. Four focus groups consisting of 24 male...
By Brian Dolan 04:05 am July 7, 2011
The opportunity for mobile health services in China is huge. China has 95 million people with diabetes. It has 170 million people with hypertension and 3 million more each year. The country also has some 165 million people with heart disease. China also boasts an estimated 900 million mobile phone users. A minority of them are smartphone users, but the country is expected to be the biggest market...