Text2Quit

By Aditi Pai June 11, 2014
Around 11 percent of smokers who participated in a texting-based smoking cessation intervention program were able to abstain from using cigarettes six months after the start of the program, while only 5 percent of smokers in the control group were able to do so, according to a study of 503 people published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even though 11 percent were found to be...
By Jonah Comstock October 16, 2013
Text2Quit, the SMS smoking cessation program launched by Voxiva in 2011, has announced that it now has over 75,000 enrollees in every state in the US. Voxiva also told MobiHealthNews that plans are in the works for a Text2Quit app or mobile website. The company also released some efficacy data, including preliminary data from a randomized clinical trial showing that Text2Quit users had double the...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2013
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home -- the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009, before signing its recent deal with Voxiva's Care4Life. But Harvard Pilgrim is careful about the partnerships they engage in, making sure they're both...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2013
Nashville-based Agile Health, a B2B developer of mobile health interventions, announced a major upgrade to its Kick Buts smoking cessation program. Kick Buts is a text-messaging intervention based on software company HSA Global's STOMP platform, which was shown in a 2011 randomized trial in the UK to double successful quit rates over a control group. Agile licenses Kick Buts, along with other...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2012
At times, text messages seem to be the uncelebrated workhorse of mobile health, especially when you compare SMS to health apps in terms of the amount of attention each gets. While the potential for smartphone apps is still great, adoption across all mobile phone users in the US for apps has remained flat at about 10 percent for the past three years. Once these apps find tighter integration with...
By Jonah Comstock November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...
By Brian Dolan August 15, 2012
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere acquired wireless remote patient monitoring company MedApps last month for an undisclosed sum, MobiHealthNews has learned. MedApps CEO Kent Dicks confirmed the news in an email to MobiHealthNews this afternoon. MedApps offers a suite of home health devices, including the HealthPAL, a small, portable, dedicated device that the company used to collect data from...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2012
Text4Baby has partnered with Benz Communications to develop a maternal health "toolkit" for employers that aims to help them promote the Text4Baby service and other maternity benefits to employees. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. It is available in both English and Spanish. Here's how the (former) White House CTO Aneesh Chopra described the...
By Chris Gullo November 16, 2011
A preliminary study of Text4Baby's impact found that the service made an impact, according to a new study from researchers at UC San Diego Health System's Department of Reproductive Medicine and the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at Cal State San Marcos University. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. The service, which launched in...
By Chris Gullo September 19, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week two new SMS smoking cessation programs, QuitNowTXT and SmokeFreeTXT, as part of their Text4Health initiative. The programs, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, are aimed separately at adults, and teens/young adults, respectively. HHS formed the Text4Health Task Force in November 2010 to provide ...

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