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...
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...
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...
November 13, 2013
During the third quarter of 2013, Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphone shipments worldwide compared to 12.9 percent of iOS smartphone shipments, according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC). This is a new milestone for Android, which has been surpassing iOS shipments for a few years now. Some apps, like Basis Band's connected app, went to the Google Play store...
October 30, 2013
HealthTap, the doctor Q&A service that has since expanded into both doctor ratings and app curation, announced its newest product, a paid, voice-activated app called Talk to Docs.
The app, which will be available on Android or iOS phones for $0.99, leverages archived answers from HealthTap's free Q&A platform. It uses natural language processing to parse user's health questions and search...
October 30, 2013
WebMD has acquired EHR-neutral patient portal Avado for an undisclosed amount, a purchase which will accelerate the company's plans to enhance the connectivity between its recently relaunched WebMD patient app and its physician-facing MedScape app. UPDATE: TechCrunch is reporting a $20 to $30 million price range for the acquisition, citing sources close to the deal.
"Avado has developed a cloud-...
September 26, 2013
Screenshot of Sharecare's website
Atlanta-based online health advice portal Sharecare raised an undisclosed sum from Nashville-based investment firm Heritage Group, bringing its total funding to $91 million. Up until this week, the company's only disclosed funding was the $14 million the company raised last year.
Sharecare will use the funding to support patient engagement between health...
March 9, 2013
If WebMD has its way, in a few years time it will be clear that one of the biggest announcements to come out of HIMSS 2013 was its partnership with Qualcomm Life. In an interview with MobiHealthNews, WebMD's EVP & CTO Bill Pence explained that the initial partnership sees WebMD's consumer sites and apps serving as a place to collect data from the health devices and services that connect to...
November 5, 2012
Independence Blue Cross (IBC), a Pennsylvania insurance company announced the launch of a WebMD Digital Health Assistant to their member's portal Friday. The software will provide IBC members with an interactive wellness program, combining an online health risk assessment with a digital coach that will give daily tips, and also allow the user to set personal goals and track their progress in...
June 26, 2012
Despite the explosion in physician adoption of smartphones and tablets, most doctors still use mobile devices as shiny toys rather than clinical tools, according to a new national survey.
About 20 percent of U.S. physicians use smartphones for e-prescribing, accessing electronic health records or other clinical needs, says the 2012 National Physician Survey, conducted by Atlanta-based health and...