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By Jonah Comstock September 17, 2015
There are more than twice as many health apps as there were in 2013, but whether those apps are better tools for doctors and patients is a mixed bag: while apps today are more likely than two years ago to connect to another device or wearable and more likely to connect to social media, they are no more likely to connect to provider systems or to have more than one function, according to a new...
By Aditi Pai May 27, 2015
Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health, a multinational big data and analytics company, has partnered with Quantia, developer of a web and mobile community for physicians. Through this partnership, Quantia will provide the 225,000 members on its network with access to IMS’ app curation platform, AppScript. “QuantiaMD is designed to help physicians make better clinical decisions for their patients...
By Aditi Pai May 4, 2015
Ford's 2011 visualization of heart rate monitoring seats Ford has confirmed that it will no longer continue a multiyear research initiative to embed heart rate sensors in its car seats, according to a report from the Financial Times. The carmaker explained that one reason they decided to halt the initiative on heart rate-sensing seats is that there are cheaper and more precise heart rate ...
By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2014
IMS Health's recent report "Engaging Patients Through Social Media" picks up on an oft-heard theme in digital health, and for the first time backs it up with quantitative data. Pharma is behind on its use of social media, compared to other big companies and especially compared to the rest of the healthcare system. Forbes' Dan Munro quotes Howard J. Luks, board member at the Mayo Clinic Center for...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2014
A new report from IMS Health on the use of social media by pharmaceutical companies finds that among the top 50 pharmaceutical companies, half don't engage with consumers and patients through social media. But of those that do, IMS found that Johnson & Johnson emerged as a clear leader. It scored a 70 on IMS's Social Media Engagement Index. The next highest score, from GlaxoSmithkline, was...
By Brian Dolan December 10, 2013
Source: Video explaining IMS Health's AppScript Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health, a multinational big data and analytics company, has launched a health app prescribing platform this week called AppScript. IMS has already categorized and subcategorized more than 40,000 patient-facing health apps for Apple and Android devices, and it believes AppScript will be of interest to healthcare...
By Aditi Pai December 9, 2013
Deloitte's Harry Greenspun If behavior change is the next big thing to usher in consumers' adoption of mobile health, then the consumers must first trust their mobile technology, according to Deloitte physician Harry Greenspun and IMS Health's Matt Tindall. "How many of you deposit checks using your phone?" Greenspun asked in a panel at the mHealth Summit event in Washington D.C. "And then how...
By Jonah Comstock October 30, 2013
A breakdown of the apps for specific therapy areas. There are more than 43,000 healthcare apps available from the US iTunes store, but only about 16,275 of those are patient-facing apps with "genuine" health content, according to a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Furthermore, in an analysis of the Google Play Store, IMS found that 50 percent of health apps are...
By Aditi Pai September 6, 2013
Last week, Teladoc acquired Consult A Doctor for an undisclosed sum. This news marked the eleventh acquisition so far this year. Four months ago, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of six acquisitions that had occurred so far in 2013, starting in January when athenahealth bought Epocrates for $293 million. Just a month after that, Jawbone acquired Massive Health to improve its wearable health device...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2013
At the HIMSS13 event this week, an executive from the automaker Ford recapped the company's now well-documented vision for how to transform the car into a next generation platform for mobile health apps, devices, and services. For the first time, however, Gary Strumolo, Ford’s global manager for health and wellness, interiors and infotainment research and innovation, drew a line between his...

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