chronic disease management

By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2016
Los Angeles-based Canary Health, a startup that uses digital health tools to help populations prevent and manage chronic diseases, has acquired stress management app company bLife for an undisclosed amount.  Canary Health sells its disease-management programs to hospitals and health systems, whereas bLife was a direct-to-consumer app company that created direct-to-consumer stress management apps...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2016
There is little evidence that telemedicine interventions consistently improve the quality of life of COPD patients, according to a new systematic review published recently in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Researchers looked at 47 studies of telemedicine use in COPD since 2000 and analyzed 18 that met their inclusion criteria. Of those, just three showed a...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2016
The diabetes management space has long held a commanding lead as the most popular target for mobile health developers, according to a new blog post from Research2Guidance based on their mHealth App Developer Economics report, for which the research firm surveyed 5,000 developers. "In each survey we have conducted since 2010, diabetes has consistently been considered the therapy field offering the...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2015
The FDA approved its first fully remote clinical trial in 2012, but that attempt, by Pfizer and Exco InTouch, ended up folding and plans for a mulligan never came to fruition. Now Sanofi is backing another attempt at a fully remote trial, this time in Europe. Scotland-based eClinicalHealth will run the trial, called the VERKKO trial. "This whole mechanism of doing studies in this manner is being...
By Aditi Pai January 5, 2015
San Francisco-based health behavior monitoring and analytics startup Ginger.io raised $20 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $28.2 million. It's likely that Kaiser Permanente Ventures invested in the round because Ginger.io added Kaiser Permanente Ventures partner Dave Schulte to its board in the filing, as pointed out in a report over at ...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2014
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based chronic care management app developer CareCam Health Systems raised $2.4 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $12.4 million. The company's chronic care management offering, called vHealth, helps patients record videos of care management activities, like giving themselves a diabetic foot exam or using their...
By Jonah Comstock September 10, 2014
Glen Tullman, the former Allscripts CEO who left the company at the end of 2012 by mutual agreement, is back in the health field. His newest venture, Livongo, launched from the stage of TechCrunch's Disrupt conference in San Francisco and has already raised a $10 million funding round from General Catalyst Partners. "Our plan is to use the experience gained in Silicon Valley on consumer ...
By Aditi Pai March 20, 2014
Remote patient monitoring company HealthInterlink received FDA 510(k) class II clearance for Beacon 2.0, a mobile-centric software system that integrates data from various home health devices. Beacon was previously cleared as a class I medical device (MDDS). HealthInterlink plans to begin commercialization of the device in the US immediately. Beacon 2.0 works on tablets, smartphones and via...
By Aditi Pai March 5, 2014
The global mobile health market is expected to reach $49 billion by 2020, according to a study by Grand View Research. In 2012, the global market for mobile health was valued at $1.95 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.6 percent from 2014 to 2020. North America, accounted for 33.5 percent of the total revenue in 2012, dominating the mobile health global market...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic has released a patient-facing iPad app to help users manage epilepsy, a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. The app, called MyEpilepsy, contains both educational materials and tracking tools for patients. According to the CDC, about 2.8 million people in the United States have epilepsy. The informational features on the app include epilepsy...