February 25, 2014
Hearst Corporation subsidiary Hearst Health Ventures, a corporate venture fund, announced an undisclosed investment in Tonic Health, a company that develops medical data collection platforms, yesterday. As part of the investment, Hearst Health Ventures Managing Director Ellen Koskinas will join the Tonic Health Board of Directors.
“With Hearst Health Ventures, we are looking for innovative...
February 13, 2014
While it didn't release any specific financial details, b2b activity tracker company FitLinxx recently announced it saw a 55 percent increase in revenues year-over-year. FitLinxx cited increased demand for its trackers in corporate wellness programs as well as the company's expansion into consumer, health plan, and health care provider markets in the US and UK.
"The corporate wellness space is...
February 12, 2014
Earlier this year IBM announced that it would invest $100 million into startups that integrate with Watson, its super computing platform, through a new investment fund called Watson Fund. IBM announced that it had helped contribute to health social network company WellTok's $22 million third round of funding, which was led by New Enterprise Associates and included participation from another new...
January 20, 2014
Welltok, the Denver-based creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has introduced a partnership program to link technology with disease management and wellness programs.
The idea is to make it easier for population health managers from payers, health systems and accountable care organizations to provide services and actionable steps for program members.
"We're able to...
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...
November 15, 2013
A sample Watson conversation from WellTok.
It got famous on Jeopardy! and has been keeping its head down "going to med school" in hospitals like Memorial Sloan-Kettering. But now Watson, IBM's "commercial cognitive computer system," is stepping out into the wider world. IBM has opened Watson's application programming interface (API) to developers and two businesses are already working on...
November 4, 2013
Social health network HealthKeep has announced a new app available on iOS. The portal within the app offers users a chance to get feedback from other patients and doctors.
Notably, people posting on the network are anonymous. Forum topics range from low-carb recipes for people with diabetes to pain management associated with Multiple Sclerosis.
"The release of our app validates the rapid growth...
November 2, 2013
This week in digital health, “social health management” platform creator Welltok's acqured healthcare incentive design and management firm IncentOne, Runtastic updated its app and announced a new product, and HealthTap launched of Siri-like app called Talk to Docs. It was a packed week, but there are still more stories to read. Here are some other stories we read this week.
When Smartphones Do...
October 31, 2013
Welltok's Cafewell platform.
Welltok, creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has acquired healthcare incentive design and management firm IncentOne. Denver-based Welltok plans on integrating IncentOne technology into its CafeWell platform, giving population health managers a more convenient way to offer consumers personalized rewards for healthy behaviors.
August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product.
With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...