Text4Baby

By Brian Dolan 07:06 am March 17, 2010
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: "We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!" Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide...
By Brian Dolan 08:05 am February 4, 2010
Text4Baby, a free mHealth service that "provides timely and expert health information through SMS text messages to pregnant women and new moms through their babies' first year," has officially launched today, White House Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra announced during a plenary session at the National Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. "I am very proud to announce that the US...
By Brian Dolan 12:16 am January 28, 2010
We have been tracking the soft launch of the White House's free mobile health service for expectant mothers, Text4baby, since early last year. While the service was planned to launch in the fall of 2009, a recent presentation from the Text4Baby team explains that the service launched this month and plans to begin marketing through partners in February. The service appears to have soft launched in...
By Brian Dolan 12:00 am December 10, 2009
"The current U.S. market for wireless, home-based health care applications is $304 million," CTIA, the Wireless Association, wrote in an official comment to the FCC, which is mulling over the health care delivery elements of a national broadband plan. "That market is expected to grow to $4 billion in 2013, with estimated annual growth rates of 96 percent in 2010, 126 percent in 2011, 95 percent...
By Brian Dolan 09:03 am November 13, 2009
HIStalk interviewed Voxiva Co-Founder, Chairman and President Paul Meyer this week and the result was a sprawling conversation that covered mobile phones' roles in healthcare today. Of course, the interview also included some discussion about the wireless health service, Text4Baby, that Voxiva and its partners have been quietly working on -- interestingly, Meyer told HIStalk that the "initiative...
By Brian Dolan 08:54 am October 27, 2009
The Verizon Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to expand the Center for Connected Health's text messaging program that aims to help keep at-risk pregnant women engaged in their health and to provide ongoing prenatal and post-natal support for them. The grant will help the Partners HealthCare subsidiary examine the "feasibility and acceptability" of text messaging to offer health care services...
By Brian Dolan 08:32 am October 6, 2009
The U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra told attendees at the Health 2.0 event in San Francisco this morning that next week the White House will announce a mobile health initiative it has been working on. The only mobile health offering that the White House has been working on to our knowledge is Text4Baby a service that will provide free tips via text messages to mothers three times a...
By Brian Dolan 10:20 am September 28, 2009
Last week the key stakeholders in the Text4Baby maternal health initiative met at the White House. The service, which plans to provide free tips to mothers three times a week before their baby's birth, includes reminders to take a multi-vitamin, to get a flu shot, and so on. After the birth, the mother is reminded about vaccinations, and other health issues. When it was originally announced in...
By Brian Dolan 06:46 am August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...
By Brian Dolan 05:17 am 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....