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By Brian Dolan 11:14 am January 18, 2012
This week Sharecare announced that it had raised $14 million from Galen Partners and TomorrowVentures. The company has also acquired The Little Blue Book (TLBB) from Galen Partners and other investors in exchange for shares in Sharecare. TLBB has been a popular reference tool for physicians for more than 20 years. Sharecare will make some of TLBB's content available on its platform so that users...
By Brian Dolan 05:19 am October 8, 2011
By Brian Dolan & Chris Gullo In September, Apple added a new section to its AppStore for healthcare professionals. It has been an ongoing challenge for healthcare professionals to find useful apps for care settings. While a handful of blogs exist with recommendations from individual medical students or physicians, Happtique has emerged as a filtered medical app store of sorts that intends to...
By Brian Dolan 07:49 am September 26, 2011
About 80 percent of US adults go online to look up health information, according to Pew, but very little, if any, of the information they read online comes from their own personal physicians. HealthTap plans to change that, the startup's CEO Ron Gutman told MobiHealthNews in an interview last week. HealthTap announced this week the launch of two new free mobile apps, called HealthTap Express --...
By Neil Versel 05:30 am March 30, 2011
A special report on “Innovations in Health Care” that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday included a feature on mobile devices. Most of what the Journal reported shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who reads MobiHealthNews: Dr. Eric Topol, chief academic officer at Scripps Health in San Diego, thinks the pocket ultrasound is ending the 200-year reign of the stethoscope. Telemedicine...
By Brian Dolan 07:50 am December 22, 2009
The Wall Street Journal today published a feature on tracking vital signs using smartphone applications: "Your iPhone Just Called: Your Blood Sugar is High," a poorly-worded headline (apps don't make your iPhone "call" you) but the article gives great exposure to a number of companies working in wireless health: AllOne Health, TheCarrot, Ringful, Polka, Microsoft, WebMD and more. Microsoft's...
By Brian Dolan 01:23 pm November 4, 2009
During its third quarter conference call this week, WebMD announced that its Medscape Mobile iPhone application, which it launched in July, has already been downloaded more than 200,000 times. Medscape Mobile is an app the company created for physicians, but WebMD said the total number of downloads for its consumer iPhone apps now tops 1 million downloads -- and its first consumer iPhone app was...
By Brian Dolan 09:51 am August 3, 2009
Last week WebMD highlighted its newest iPhone offering, Medscape Mobile during its quarterly investor call, which included some interesting metrics for the company's advertising revenues, CME program growth and general Web traffic numbers. Given the comments about Medscape Mobile's success to date, it seems like the company is looking toward its mobile app for future revenue growth. "On the...
By Brian Dolan 08:40 am July 21, 2009
We reported their plans back in May, now it's here: WebMD Health has launched a Medscape CME iPhone app for physicians. Medscape Mobile is a free iPhone and iPod Touch app that includes information for more than 6,000 generic and brand-name drugs, herbals, supplements and antidotes, a drug interaction checker, clinical reference tools, medical news and continuing medical education (CME). The app...
By Brian Dolan 04:46 am June 8, 2009
Despite its long history in the medical industry, Palm has launched its latest device with no medical applications. We have written about Palm's legacy as a platform of choice for doctors and other health workers who have depended on the company's PDA for the last decade, but with the company's new smartphone, the Pre, it seems Palm did not have them in mind.  Well, Palm CEO Ed Colligan did have...
By Brian Dolan 05:37 am May 18, 2009
Emory University's School of Medicine's Allan Platt penned an article in The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants that concludes that personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones "are becomining an essential clinical tool that can help clinicians engage in lifelong learning as part of their daily routine." Mobile devices allow for fast access to evidence-based information...