June 27, 2011
Beacon Community: New Orleans
The American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a collaboration this week with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on a nationwide program that leverages mobile health to help individuals better prevent and manage diabetes and its complications in urban areas. The...
June 9, 2011
From the mobile health company that developed Text4Baby, arguably the best known mobile health service (and certainly the one with the most partners), comes Text2Quit, a smoking cessation program. Voxiva says 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 personalized around the...
May 4, 2011
This week Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the establishment of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a new partnership that will leverage mobile technology to help prevent death during childbirth. With an expected $10 million in funding over the next three years, MAMA plans to launch in Bangladesh, India and South Africa.
Given the federal government and Johnson...
April 8, 2011
By Judy Meehan, CEO, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
Tragically, in the U.S. approximately 28,000 babies die before their first birthday, despite a volume of science around behaviors that improve a baby’s chances for a healthy birth and opportunity to thrive. Text4baby was developed to deliver evidence-based health information to the women who need it most: the 1.5 million...
April 7, 2011
Text4Baby, the high profile free SMS-based service for new and expectant mothers, is heading to Russia this fall. Voxiva and Johnson & Johnson have teamed up to support the service in Russia, where the content of the text messages will be shaped by the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, or MOHSD.
While a press...
February 16, 2011
So many mobile healthcare events, so little time.
A week ago, I was in Washington, D.C., for the release of a pilot study of a mobile app meant to improve medication compliance among Medicaid patients with hypertension. Not a huge deal, perhaps, but I made the most of my trip.
For one thing, I heard Kerry McDermott, healthcare director in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of...
November 9, 2010
"We at the US Department of Health and Human Services are super enthusiastic about the power of mHealth to improve health and healthcare," Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, HHS said during a keynote presentation at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC this week. "One effort we are particularly excited about is Text4Baby."
Text4Baby is a free SMS-based service provides free health tips to new...
September 14, 2010
As part of a five-year $200 million annual donation, Johnson & Johnson has launched a mobile health initiative similar in aim and execution to Text4Baby for the more than 20 million expectant mothers in China, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, South Africa and Nigeria.
J&J estimates that 1.1 billion women in those countries have a mobile phone today and are likely to sign up for its new program...
September 1, 2010
Kindle for MDs: Sussing out whether the Amazon Kindle eBook reader is a good tool for physicians. Less distractions than an iPad? Meaningful Uses
Text4Baby Update: Text4Baby, a one-way, free text message service for new and expecting moms timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth is still picking up new subscribers across the US: 72,000 Text4Baby users to date and 3.5 million messages sent...
July 13, 2010
Medical apps immature? "The consumer health app market is still a very immature market with a lot of things being thrown out there," said Kevin Patrick, an adjunct professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego and the editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Patrick told the LA Times that most medical apps have "not been subjected to clinical trials that would show...