April 16, 2013
It's been a busy few weeks in mobile health and our loyal readers have done a great job of analyzing, interacting with and contributing to our reporting. We wanted to give a shout out to some especially thoughtful comments that we've seen in the past couple weeks. Be sure to keep the comments coming and find us on Twitter @MobiHealthNews or on our Facebook page and LinkedIn group because we...
April 9, 2013
In a recent blog post about its quarterly funding round-up, San Francisco-based health incubator Rock Health wrote that it's "hearing WellDoc will be the first major acquisition announced in Q2." Given WellDoc's stature in mobile health, such a deal would be quite a story.
MedCity News was sure to mention the prediction in its coverage of Rock Health's funding report and VentureBeat appeared to...
April 1, 2013
A recent meta-analysis from The Cochrane Library found that computer-based interventions for Type 2 diabetes provide, at best, a small improvement from traditional care methods. The analysis, based on 16 studies, found that the interventions reduced A1C (the standard measure for blood glucose control) by 0.2 percent, although that rose to 0.5 percent for mobile-based interventions. Measures of...
March 20, 2013
We are live blogging day two of the Congressional hearings on FDA regulation of mobile medical apps. Hit "refresh" on your browser every few minutes for updates! (Liveblogging is now concluded!)
1200PM: With that Rep. Pitts concludes the hearing after saying it has been a very interesting hearing on an important issue. Members may have follow-up questions and they have 10 business days to submit...
March 9, 2013
At the HIMSS13 event this week, an executive from the automaker Ford recapped the company's now well-documented vision for how to transform the car into a next generation platform for mobile health apps, devices, and services. For the first time, however, Gary Strumolo, Ford’s global manager for health and wellness, interiors and infotainment research and innovation, drew a line between his...
January 22, 2013
Technology moves too quickly for the world of academic publishing. That's a long held belief by many but also a common topic of conversation among those working in digital health today. How to best study efficacy can be a tricky subject for digital health, however, the argument that efficacy data is unimportant rarely enters the debate -- it is, especially for those companies that hope to...
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 5, 2012
Bant: A diabetes management app
The role of evidence in mobile health app development -- and the level of scrutiny such apps should be subjected to -- is still an open question. At the mHealth Summit 2012, a variety of speakers from different sectors of the market offered their opinions on what, exactly, is meant by evidence and on the perennial question of the value of randomized controlled...
September 24, 2012
Calling mobile health "one of the most significant health IT developments of the past five years" in terms of treating chronic diseases, a coalition of health IT advocates sees strong potential in mobile and wireless technologies to address the diabetes epidemic, even in "socially disadvantaged" populations.
The eHealth Initiative, a Washington-based group representing a wide range of healthcare...
August 30, 2012
Earlier this week, MobiHealthNews reported on positive – albeit vague – preliminary results from a pilot test of WellDoc's DiabetesManager system among employees of health insurer Health Care Service Corp. (HCSC) who had type 2 diabetes.
But what does it really mean that 88 percent of the 156 participants called DiabetesManager "highly useful" for self-management of their condition?