mobile health behavior change

By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2013
Mango Health, a Rock Health startup focused on using gamification principles to tackle medication adherence, launched its titular app after months of beta testing, a 16-week pilot, and not a small amount of hype. The company has raised $3 million so far. Medication adherence is considered to be a $290 billion dollar per year problem, and it's one that a number of mobile apps and connected devices...
By Neil Versel January 17, 2013
Dr Caroline Free also led the efficacy trial for Txt2Stop, a SMS-based smoking cessation service Despite all the hype and promise around mobile healthcare technologies, the scientific evidence supporting clinical efficacy of mobile health continues to fall short, according to two new papers in the journal PLOS Medicine. British researchers examined 20 years' worth of published studies on mobile...
By Jonah Comstock November 27, 2012
A new meta-analysis of 11 studies shows that mobile device-enabled interventions can help increase people's physical activity. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first meta-analysis of its kind, according to the authors. The 11 studies looked at a broad range of mobile interventions, a few of which seem out of date in the current market. Eight of the 11 used...
By Jonah Comstock November 26, 2012
MobiHealthNews covered health coaching platform company Healthrageous's $6.5 million second round funding last month, but the company just announced that the final investor in that round was the Partners Innovation Fund, a division of Partners HealthCare. Partners is the parent company of the Center for Connected Health, the group Healthrageous spun off from when it was founded. Healthrageous CEO...
By Neil Versel June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...
By Brian Dolan May 7, 2012
Clinical psychologist and senior researcher at Intel, Margaret Morris published a helpful paper this week that includes seven guidelines for motivating healthy behavior change with help from mobile devices and apps. Below is a quick redux of the seven tips, be sure to read the full report to better understand the suggestions: 1. Remind people of who they want to be. "To drive lifestyle change,...
By Brian Dolan March 6, 2012
It's often said that the average person will never leave the house in the morning without three things: their mobile phone, their wallet, and their keys. If three of the top mobile operators in the United States have their way, this summer people will begin to seriously consider leaving one of those behind. So long, wallet? That's right, this summer may be remembered as the beginning of the era...

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