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By Jonah Comstock April 6, 2016
Innovation seems to be slower to come to the mental health field than other areas of medicine, and it’s not just limited to digital health innovation. At a panel at the HxR event in Boston yesterday, a number of experts questioned why that is and shared some aspects of mobile mental health apps they’re developing.  “Over a 10-year period of time, $9.1 billion went into oncology, while 0.9 billion...
By Jonah Comstock February 3, 2016
Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer Humana is joining Propeller Health's Air Louisville public-private partnership. The project, launched in March 2015 in collaboration with the City of Louisville and funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, aims to connect sensors to 2,000 asthma inhalers and share that data, in aggregate, with city officials so it can be used to improve public...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2015
OpenNotes, the initiative that launched in 2010 to encourage doctors to open up their clinical notes to their patients, has received $10 million in new funding to expand its movement to 50 million patients over the next three years. The funding comes from the Cambia Health Foundation, the Gordon and Bettye Moore Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...
By Jonah Comstock March 25, 2015
A screenshot from Share the Journey. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to public health, has always been a big supporter of mobile health projects. Lately, though, it seems like RWJF's funding is going further than ever in the mobile space. Notably, the organization backed two of Apple's premier ResearchKit apps and just gave $468,000 to Partners HealthCare for...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is expanding its collaboration with the City of Louisville, Kentucky, thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new program, called Air Louisville will allow the city to collect data from sensors attached to 2,000 asthma inhalers, which can then be used for public health purposes. Chris Hogg, Propeller Health's chief operating officer...
By Jonah Comstock October 16, 2014
Data for Health co-chairs Dr. Ivor Horn and David Ross. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has begun an initiative to explore how health data can best serve not just individuals, but communities. The new initiative, called Data for Health, will be led by an advisory committee co-chaired by David Ross, director of the Public Health Informatics Institute, and Dr. Ivor Horn, medical director of...
By Jonah Comstock April 8, 2014
Nine health systems and organizations in Washington and Oregon -- representing more than a million patients -- have pledged to open up physician notes to patients via electronic medical records by the end of 2015. That increases the total number of patients with access to their physicians' notes by 50 percent -- from 2 million to 3 million altogether. OpenNotes, the initiative that grew out of a...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2014
As the number of self-tracking health and fitness tools available to consumers continues to climb, a persistent question has been whether the data they collect might be useful to health researchers. Along with that: Are people who self-track comfortable sharing their data with researchers? A new, must-read report from San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2013
Back in August, I wrote about how the rich and famous were adopting health wearables. But what about the other end of the spectrum? Recent Pew data shows that lower income people are the most likely to have one or more chronic disease, but the least likely to use a health app. Developing mobile health technologies for low income and underserved populations doesn't just have the potential to help...
By Aditi Pai September 25, 2013
MIT's Little Devices Lab announced a new initiative to support innovation for nurses at New York's 2013 World Maker Faire last week. Little Devices Lab, which develops technologies for the healthcare environment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a six month initiative, MakerNurse, to travel the country and talk to nurses in order to learn what technologies and systems nurses use...

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