October 23, 2014
One of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the US, CHE Trinity Health has chosen Sharecare, the company founded by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, to equip its 30 million patients spread across 20 states with Sharecare's portfolio of patient engagement tools. CHE will offer patients Sharecare's health risk assessment the RealAge Test,...
October 2, 2014
WebMD Healthy Target feature
WebMD and Walgreens announced that they will each integrate some of the other's digital health services into their online and mobile offerings. Walgreens customers that have a WebMD account will now be able to refill prescriptions and make clinic appointments at Walgreens through the WebMD website or app. Walgreens digital offerings will also now include some of...
September 24, 2014
Eighty four percent of patients said they should be able to use technology to help their doctors make a diagnosis, while 69 percent of physicians said patients should use such tools to help them form a diagnosis. That's according to a recent survey from WebMD. In a follow up, the survey asked physicians if patients should self-diagnose using technology, to which only 17 percent of physicians said...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
December 26, 2013
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...
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...