health apps

By Aditi Pai March 9, 2016
Some 81 percent of diabetes apps in the Google Play store did not offer privacy policies, according to a study of 211 apps published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is just the latest to examine health app privacy policies. In 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse published a study that found 74 percent of free apps and 60 percent of paid apps had a privacy policy in the...
By Aditi Pai January 13, 2016
Boston-based Lifeguard Games, a kid-focused health education game company that did business as Wellapets, has changed its name to Wizdy and launched its first app, called Wizdy Pets, which teaches children about asthma management.  Wizdy also raised $300,000 in seed funding. The first tranche was announced in 2014 when the company raised $7,500 from Rough Draft Ventures. The rest of the funding...
By Aditi Pai January 6, 2016
Although 66 percent of the largest 100 US hospitals have consumer-facing mobile apps, and 38 percent of those have developed proprietary apps for their patients, a mere 2 percent of patients at those 66 hospitals are using apps provided to them, according to an Accenture report. For this report, Accenture used data from a variety of sources, including Accenture 2014 Global Consumer Pulse Research...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2015
Digital health and wellness is where digital banking was two years ago, according to a new report from Apigee, which surveyed 1,000 smartphone owners 18 years of age or older in the United States. “Research on the diffusion of innovations points to 67 percent market penetration as the threshold for reaching fully half of the ‘late majority’ of technology adopters,” Apigee writes. “The impact of...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2015
Juniper Research predicts that connected healthcare and fitness device services will produce $1.8 billion in annual revenues by 2019, according to a new report, a sixfold increase from 2015, which has predicted revenues of $320 million. The services market is due to explode because in order to succeed, connected fitness devices will have to shift their focus from just hardware, to software and...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2015
The ePharma Summit in New York City this week was a veritable smorgasbord of new mobile health data. Monique Levy shared some new data (and insights) from Manhattan Research, Tom Jones from Makovsky Health shared data about consumer mobile health use, and, finally, ComScore's John Mangano shared data from a survey of 2,929 individuals, broken down by generation. "So what I did was I had my team...
By Jonah Comstock January 15, 2015
"Do-it-yourself healthcare", including mobile apps and consumer medical devices, is set to be the top healthcare trend of 2015, according to research and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC announced its top 10 predicted healthcare trends of 2015 in a webinar promoting their new report, and their top three are mobile health-related trends, with mobile and digital playing a role in several...
By Brian Dolan December 10, 2014
New York City-based Happtique, which had developed a health app certification and "prescription" platform, has been acquired by SocialWellth for an undisclosed sum. Happtique was a wholly owned subsidiary of GNYHA Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association. It shut down its app certification program in December 2013 after a health IT firm exposed security issues...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2014
Around 90 percent of young people think there should be some governmental regulation and oversight for digital health apps, according to a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia survey of 3,000 consumers. Linda Fleisher, a senior researcher at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention, shared some findings from this survey at the mHealth Summit just outside...
By Aditi Pai November 21, 2014
As a GfK survey found earlier this year, just 6 percent of UK and US consumers currently own a wearable device, but according to mobile industry association MEF's recent survey of 15,000 consumers in 15 countries across 5 continents, about half of consumers know they exist. "It's fair to assume most of the above users are wearing some kind of health-tracking wristband such as Fitbit," MEF...

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