November 21, 2013
Voxiva has released an iOS and Android app version of Care4life, its type 2 diabetes management text message program. In the app, users can set medication and appointment reminders, access recipes and nutrition tips, self-report and track blood glucose readings, and track weight and exercise goals. Additionally, the app sends users the same messages they would receive through the texting program...
October 21, 2013
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Beacon Community program, established under the HITECH act, gives grants to local communities to explore health IT innovations. Three Beacon Communities that have been piloting text-message-based diabetes interventions published a paper in the Journal of Medical Internet Research detailing some challenges and best practices...
October 16, 2013
Text2Quit, the SMS smoking cessation program launched by Voxiva in 2011, has announced that it now has over 75,000 enrollees in every state in the US. Voxiva also told MobiHealthNews that plans are in the works for a Text2Quit app or mobile website.
The company also released some efficacy data, including preliminary data from a randomized clinical trial showing that Text2Quit users had double the...
June 27, 2013
Medicaid health plans in more than 20 states are rolling out mobile health services thanks to a new partnership between mobile health company Voxiva and mobile operator TracFone Wireless. The partnership will see the launch of SafeLink Health Solutions. The program is something of an offshoot of the federal Lifeline mobile phone program, which can trace its roots to a Reagan-era landline phone...
June 13, 2013
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home -- the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009, before signing its recent deal with Voxiva's Care4Life. But Harvard Pilgrim is careful about the partnerships they engage in, making sure they're both...
June 10, 2013
Health-focused mobile messaging company Voxiva, best known for powering HHS's Text4Baby initiative, is partnering with health insurance company Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to make its Care4Life type 2 diabetes management platform available to Harvard Pilgrim members.
Harvard Pilgrim is a Boston-based not-for-profit health plan with more than a million members across New England. MobiHealthNews...
May 23, 2013
Voxiva, the company that developed the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition's Text4baby free texting service for new mothers, announced a major update of Text4baby.
New Text4baby messages will include links to a mobile website containing "educational content and informational videos covering topics from exercise during pregnancy to car seat safety," according to a release from the...
February 28, 2013
Teenagers love to text. Teenagers and young adults have a lot of questions about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases. So it only makes sense that those who wish to disseminate information and help answer those questions would find a lot of value in text messaging.
Young people have a lot of the same questions about sex and sexual health as in years past, but the means of engaging...
January 2, 2013
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere acquired wireless remote patient monitoring company MedApps last summer for an undisclosed sum, but according to Alere's SEC filings, the most that Alere will potentially have to pay for MedApps – based on an undisclosed earn-out structure – is $22 million. The earn-out time period runs through mid-January 2015. MobiHealthNews broke the news of Alere's MedApps...
December 11, 2012
At times, text messages seem to be the uncelebrated workhorse of mobile health, especially when you compare SMS to health apps in terms of the amount of attention each gets.
While the potential for smartphone apps is still great, adoption across all mobile phone users in the US for apps has remained flat at about 10 percent for the past three years. Once these apps find tighter integration with...