mhealth

By Jonah Comstock December 27, 2013
The Walk, a fitness app supported by the UK's National Health Service. Although mobile health is becoming a priority for the government of the United Kingdom, a new online survey of over 2,000 adults from law firm Pincent Masons and research firm YouGov suggests that knowledge of mobile health is not especially wide-reaching. Seventy-three percent of respondents couldn't define the term "...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2013
Research firm Frost & Sullivan listed mHealth among the top three hot topics in healthcare in 2013, garnered from a global survey of 1,835 executives, about 260 of whom worked in the healthcare industry. Fifty-one percent of respondents nominated mobility in healthcare, or mHealth, as a top trend for the year. The runners up were cloud computing, at 45 percent, and regulatory environments, at...
By Brian Dolan June 18, 2013
The mobile industry's GSM Association recently funded a survey of 2,000 healthcare providers, patients and consumers in four different countries to better understand the perceptions they had about mobile health. Obviously, a prerequisite for participating in the survey was an understanding or familiarity with mobile health, so those surveyed were a very particular group of providers and consumers...
By Neil Versel June 6, 2013
As president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and daughter of its namesake, Kerry Kennedy has been all over the world. "In nearly every place I visit, access to quality healthcare is a problem," she says. In many of those places, Internet service and even electricity are unreliable, which is why Kennedy is such a fan of mobile devices for delivering healthcare services...
By Brian Dolan February 7, 2013
There are more market research reports, survey results and industry metrics related to mobile and digital health floating around these days than in years past: Our recently published State of the Industry Q4/2012 Year in Review report included a summary of 16 different metric-loaded reports that published during the last three months of the year alone. That means results from one or more digital...
By Brian Dolan January 2, 2013
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere acquired wireless remote patient monitoring company MedApps last summer for an undisclosed sum, but according to Alere's SEC filings, the most that Alere will potentially have to pay for MedApps – based on an undisclosed earn-out structure – is $22 million. The earn-out time period runs through mid-January 2015. MobiHealthNews broke the news of Alere's MedApps...
By Neil Versel July 31, 2012
What follows are some controversial remarks from last week's 4th annual World Congress Leadership Summit on mHealth in Boston, where I represented MobiHealthNews as a panel moderator. In the final, sparsely attended session on Friday afternoon, after many registrants had headed to the airport, Paul Meyer, chairman and president of Voxiva, the company behind Text4Baby and other mobile health...
By Neil Versel July 26, 2012
With the bring-your-own-device trend showing no signs of abating and mixed messages coming from government regulators, healthcare organizations are struggling mightily with how to secure patient data on tablets, smartphones, laptops and even wireless medical devices. Different federal agencies see security through different prisms. The Drug Enforcement Agency, part of the Department of Justice,...
By Neil Versel April 12, 2012
There's a lot of talk out there about text messaging not being appropriate for many healthcare uses. The usual excuses are that SMS is not secure to healthcare standards, that you can't really prioritize delivery of text messages and that there is no way to "escalate" texts if earlier messages aren't acted upon. Those are all valid points. In particular, anything involving personally identifiable...
By Brian Dolan April 4, 2012
While Apple has previously noted that its FaceTime app (shown) meets HIPAA requirements, the program piloted by UC San Diego researchers just uses recorded video messages not real-time interactions. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego are testing out how well smartphone-enabled video recordings of medication intake helps tuberculosis (TB) patients living in San Diego and...