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By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2015
The next big step for WebMD will be to start to move WebMD and Medscape content beyond their home websites and out onto social media sites, CEO David Schlanger said in the company's Q2 earnings call. "In the digital ecosystem it's become clear that people are using social platforms as means to do more than just connect with their friends and family, but really as destinations to find information...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2014
The FDA has, at long last, released draft guidance for how pharmaceutical companies should behave on limited-character social media platforms like Twitter and when correcting misinformation on third-party sites. The FDA carefully controls labeling, advertisement, and promotion for drugs and devices requiring FDA clearance. It makes sure that companies never list the benefits of a drug without...
By Neil Versel December 16, 2013
The "e-patient" movement seems to be accelerating. At the beginning of 2013, patient advocacy group the Society for Participatory Medicine hired its first-ever executive director. As the year draws to a close, a new book shows how engaged and empowered patients have been successful in "care hacking" the convoluted healthcare system and suggests how developers of digital technologies can prosper...
By Jonah Comstock May 29, 2013
Damon Centola When it comes to public health, the conventional wisdom about how best to spread information on social networks might need to be turned on its head, according to a recently published paper by Professor Damon Centola of the MIT Sloan School of Management, entitled "Social Media and the Science of Health Behavior." "If you really want people to change their diet, their health, their...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.-based Audax Health, a health social networking and gamification company, raised $21 million in debt, options, and other security, according to a recent SEC filing first reported by the Washington Business Journal. The company, founded by 23-year-old Grant Verstandig and supported by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is developing the Zensey social network, which is currently in...
By Brian Dolan August 11, 2009
By Jim Lefevere I have talked in the past how health care and technology is the 10 year trend. I won't retell that story, but you can see my thoughts here. It is truly a topic where the reach consistently exceeds the grasp. Technology once again plays a big role in the Obama health care reform plan with the multi-faceted goals of modernizing the system to lower cost and improve quality while also...