December 6, 2011
At the mHealth Summit today George Washington University Center's Dr. Richard Katz presented findings of a demonstration program called DC HealthConnect. The program tested WellDoc's mobile health program DiabetesManager during a 12-month period. The results: DiabetesManager reduced ER visits and hospital stays by 58 percent on average compared to the previous year -- when they weren't using the...
September 13, 2011
AT&T announced this week a collaborative study with The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) to evaluate the effectiveness of using mHealth applications for Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) in underserved populations.
DSMT is a system in which diabetics and those at-risk learn the skills...
September 12, 2011
AT&T announced this week the appointment of Dr. Geeta Nayyar to the company’s newly created Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) position. Dr. Nayyar previously served as Principal Medical Officer at Vangent and CMO at Apco Worldwide. Dr. Nayyar will take the lead of the company's ForHealth strategy.
“Now is a particularly exciting time in the healthcare industry because technology is...
August 1, 2011
WellDoc released this week the pre-print version of the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) study using a mHealth solution (WellDoc's DiabetesManager) to track reduction in blood glucose levels over one year compared against usual methods. According to the study results, "the mean decline in A1C (the gold-standard measure for diabetes control) was 1.9% in the intervention group and 0.7% in...
July 23, 2011
While the year is little more than halfway through, 2011 has already seen at least ten acquisitions for mobile health companies. Here's a roundup of memorable ones:
Soon-Shiong Buys Vitality-GlowCaps: In February pharma entrepreneur and billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong acquired Vitality, the company that developed GlowCaps. Vitality CEO David Rose stated in the company press release that while...
June 13, 2011
Mathew discusses LifeScan's prototype iPhone BGM app in 2009
In early 2009 at an iPhone 3.0 launch event, Apple demonstrated how a LifeScan blood glucose meter could connect to the iPhone.
Anita Mathew from LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, demonstrated the prototype iPhone application that would let users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors direclty to...
October 20, 2010
AirStrip Technologies has partnered with Sprint to offer hospitals a bundled solution comprising of Sprint's "clinical grade" in-building coverage enhancement along with AirStrip's remote monitoring applications. AirStrip's AirStripOB and other applications will also be available for use on two new Sprint Android handsets running on the operator's 3G and 4G networks.
“We... understand the...
October 13, 2010
This is big: AT&T announced plans to offer WellDoc's FDA-approved mobile phone-based diabetes management solution to a select group of AT&T employees sometime in 2011. (AT&T's benefits program covers some 1.2 million employees, retirees and dependents so the company has a vested interest in improving employees' health while keeping costs low). AT&T potentially plans to offer...
September 9, 2010
As if on cue, the Northeast is already feeling a little cooler. That's right, goodbye summer.
While it sure didn't seem like anyone working in the mobile health industry took any days off this summer (so much news!), for the lucky few that did manage to unplug for a bit, we put together this recap of mHealth happenings from the month of August:
August 2: FDA clears WellDoc for diabetes management...
August 16, 2010
$10K for sensor-enabled mobile health app: West Wireless Health Institute offers $10,000 to app developers that create a health app that leverages a wireless sensor: "Design a secure, standardizable mechanism that will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. For clarity, a 'mechanism...