WebMD

By Aditi Pai September 4, 2014
San Francisco-based accelerator Launchpad Digital Health funded its first five companies this week. Through the accelerator, the companies receive between $200,000 and $500,000, office space in San Francisco, and advising with legal, accounting, and risk management issues. Launchpad focuses on companies that are working on wellness, remote monitoring, electronic health records, data analytics,...
By Brian Dolan August 6, 2014
During its quarterly call with investors this week WebMD teased a small acquisition it made last month, released some mobile adoption numbers, and discussed its recently launched health tracking offering. "To further enhance our offering for physicians, in early July we made a small acquisition to enhance our patient simulation capabilities," WebMD's CEO David Schlanger. While the company hasn't...
By Aditi Pai June 17, 2014
WebMD updated its consumer-facing health app this week: it now integrates a user's biometric data from certain activity trackers, wireless scales, and glucose meters. While the app tracks steps, sleep, weight and blood glucose data from devices, if users have an iPhone 5s, they can also track steps passively from their phone. The app's new feature, called Healthy Target, uses data from these...
By Jonah Comstock May 1, 2014
WebMD is increasingly looking to mobile advertising revenue to support its business, according to the company's Q1 earnings call. Because of that, the company released a new app for physicians last week and is working on a major update to its consumer app by the end of Q2. As he has in the past, CEO David Schlanger suggested that those two businesses, consumer and provider, are converging toward...
By Aditi Pai April 24, 2014
Almost 90 percent of Americans say they would make their personal health data available to researchers to help them better understand a disease or to improve care and treatment options, according to a survey of 1,001 Americans over the age of 18 conducted by research firm Kelton and healthcare communications firm Makovsky Health. Within this group, 26 percent of consumers would share regardless...
By Jonah Comstock December 26, 2013
Healthrageous. It's clear that consolidation is finally starting to happen in mobile health. In the third quarter of 2013, MobiHealthNews reported an unprecedented number of mobile and digital health acquisitions in a single quarter -- five. Depending on where you count Humana's acquisition of Healthrageous (which we reported on October 1st), the fourth quarter either matched or surpassed that...
By Neil Versel December 17, 2013
A potentially watershed moment in the evolution of digital health occurred last week. Atlanta-based health and wellness social network Sharecare launched AskMD, a mobile, consumer-facing app that includes a symptom checker unlike any other symptom checker out there. As MobiHealthNews reported: Sharecare's app, AskMD, offers users a symptom checker that allows them to choose which symptoms they...
By Brian Dolan December 12, 2013
In the first quarter of 2014, WebMD will launch its fifth major iteration, which will include a marketplace for buying personal health devices and some FDA-cleared medical devices, thanks to a major partnership with Qualcomm Life and its 2net ecosystem. "We wanted to do a few things that were unique and ground-breaking, so we did not want this to be fitness focused, we wanted it to be condition...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2013
Deloitte's Harry Greenspun If behavior change is the next big thing to usher in consumers' adoption of mobile health, then the consumers must first trust their mobile technology, according to Deloitte physician Harry Greenspun and IMS Health's Matt Tindall. "How many of you deposit checks using your phone?" Greenspun asked in a panel at the mHealth Summit event in Washington D.C. "And then how...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2013
Atlanta-based online health advice website Sharecare has launched a free app, AskMD, that is meant to help users keep track of their symptoms and put them in contact with doctors and hospitals. Launched by WebMD Founder Jeff Arnold, Sharecare is an online portal that connects healthcare professionals and patients. It offers a question and answer service for patients to connect with experts and...