mobile health apps

By Jonah Comstock November 9, 2015
NYC-based pharma company Pfizer currently has 15 apps in the US iOS app store, ranging from a chapstick companion app to an app for people with kidney cancer. At the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, Pfizer executives talked about two of the company's apps and their broader strategy for developing mobile health interventions. "We recognize that the data shows patients...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2015
MyHeart Counts, an app based on AHA guidelines. A new review published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, looked at mobile health interventions around cardiovascular health over the last 10 years and concluded that a number of improvements are needed to the general state of mobile health efficacy studies. "Our literature searches uncovered a wide variety of products...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2015
You can't avoid the term "patient engagement" in healthcare today, and for good reason. Health Affairs explains that "'patient activation' refers to a patient's knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own health and care," while "'patient engagement' is a broader concept that combines patient activation with interventions designed to increase activation and promote...
By Brian Dolan March 3, 2015
In just a few short years smart mobile devices have become indispensable tools for clinicians. As device adoption peaks for providers, a growing number of digital health tools are now literally at clinicians' fingertips: clinical decision support software, patient education apps, smartphone-connected medical devices, secure messaging software, and many more. While some providers have brought apps...
By Aditi Pai January 27, 2015
Miami Children's Hospital CIO Edward Martinez talked about two of the hospital's new mobile offerings for patients and clinicians in an interview with HealthcareIT News this week. The hospital has developed a care coordination app that helps clinicians hand off patients between shifts in addition to a patient-facing version of the app that helps parents keep tabs on those transitions. The...
By Brian Dolan September 15, 2014
This morning ACT -- The App Association and a number of its mobile health company members sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to encourage Congress to push HHS to make HIPAA regulations clearer for mobile app developers. "We see a huge chunk of our membership engaged on both fitness and the more health-specific side," ACT's Executive Director Morgan Reed told MobiHealthNews in an interview. "...
By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2014
After MobiHealthNews spotted and reported on the departure of two Aetna executives on the CarePass team, Aetna has confirmed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it will be phasing out the platform, and that the previously announced employer pilots will not be going forward. "At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform," an Aetna spokesperson told...
By Brian Dolan August 7, 2014
Last month iMedicalApps' Dr. Iltifat Husain penned a great piece of reporting on a paid iPhone app that purported to a sense user's blood pressure using just the phone's camera. Apart from the troubling claim, the developer said it was using a method developed by Johns Hopkins (which has denied any ties to the group). What's more, the $3.99 app, called Instant Blood Pressure, was one of the top...
By Brian Dolan June 24, 2014
Source: IDC Health Insights Health payers should look to the retail industry to improve their consumer health engagement strategies, a new paper from IDC Health Insights argues. "It is important to differentiate between consumer engagement and marketing," IDC's analyst Deanne Kasim writes. "The overall objective of engagement is to drive behavior change and personal accountability. By contrast...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2014
There are now more than 100,000 apps on the iOS and Android app stores, according to a new report by research firm Research2Guidance, double the market size of two and a half years ago. They project the mobile health app market will have produced $26 billion in revenue by the end of 2017, up from $2.4 billion so far. Research2Guidance also found that the average app publisher has seven apps and...

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