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By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline has launched the ResearchKit app that it told Buzzfeed it was working on more than a year ago, making it the first pharma company to get a ResearchKit study off the ground. The study is called PARADE, which the company says stands for Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Data in the Real World. "We are the first in our industry to use Apple’s ResearchKit as part of our research, this time...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2016
When iOS 10 is released, the Apple Health app will include a new feature, allowing iPhone users across the United States to become organ, eye, and/or tissue donors with just a few taps.  "On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs — and one donor can save as...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2016
Apple has hired Dr. Stephen Friend, the president and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, to work on health-related projects. Sage promoted Lara Mangravite as its new president, and Friend will become chairman of the board. Sage helped Apple build out its ResearchKit framework and powered many of the early ResearchKit studies. Prior to Sage, Friend spent close to a decade at Merck as a senior...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2016
Apple has quietly hired Dr. Rajiv B. Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist currently employed by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, FastCo reported Friday. He will continue working at the hospital part time. Kumar has experience implementing Apple's HealthKit to help patients manage their diabetes. In recent weeks, Apple also saw the departure of one of its healthcare lawyers...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2016
Through its enterprise partnership with Apple, IBM will create a clinical calculation app for cataract surgeons for eye care company Bausch + Lomb, a subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the companies announced this morning. “If you think about all the mobile solutions throughout the industry and what we do as consumers, we needed to carry that forward and make it easier for our surgeons, and...
By Aditi Pai May 4, 2016
Rock Health Founder and Managing Director Halle Tecco has left the seed investor and former startup accelerator. “After nearly six years of helping build @Rock_Health, I’ve made the difficult decision to move on,” Tecco wrote on Twitter today. She added that she will continue making angel investments this summer via Techammer, an angel investment fund she founded with her husband. Tecco launched...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all. Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
By Jonah Comstock April 28, 2016
Apple announced CareKit, its new development framework for clinical care apps, at a special event in March. Today the framework went live for all developers, but three had early access. Those three developers unveiled their CareKit-enhanced apps today too.  “CareKit is a framework of modules that are being open-sourced to the world,” Jeffrey Dachis, founder and CEO of One Drop, one of the initial...
By MHN Staff April 14, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q1 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is focused on provider-related digital health news. Skip ahead using these links to read Q1 digital health news roundups about M&A, payers, pharma, and funding. Big movers in Q1: Apple, Harvard and Stanford   Apple once again made some big announcements this quarter that...