A virtual pet dragon with an inhaler teaches kids how to manage asthma in Wellapets’ new app

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A virtual pet dragon with an inhaler teaches kids how to manage asthma in Wellapets’ new app

April 14, 2014 12:14 pm by | 0 Comments

When I was in grade school, kids got in trouble for playing with their Giga Pets and Tamagotchis in class. While a smartphone is more likely to be the culprit…


Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

April 16, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them…


Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

April 14, 2014 3:56 pm by | 1 Comments

Connecting patients with clinical trials that they’re eligible for, and keeping them engaged once they enroll, has sparked many a digital health company. And for good reason: Clinical trials cost…



Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

April 12, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Digital health is finally coming of age. Young companies are making waves, but they’re also under more scrutiny by everyone from investors to the FDA. Healthcare experts and entrepreneurs will…


University of Michigan mathematicians say their app can solve jetlag

University of Michigan mathematicians say their app can solve jetlag

April 11, 2014 1:05 pm by | 0 Comments

Mathematicians from the University of Michigan say they’ve packed the solution to jetlag into a simple iPhone app. The University of Michigan says the new free app, Entrain, will help users synchronize their “circadian rhythms with…


Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

April 10, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Samsung. Apple. Google. AT&T. A wave of consumer-oriented companies are moving fast to capitalize on opportunities in the new, consumer-driven healthcare market. And if legacy companies and providers can’t keep…


Behavior change startup Omada Health wins over Andreessen Horowitz in $23M Series B

Behavior change startup Omada Health wins over Andreessen Horowitz in $23M Series B

April 9, 2014 11:07 am by | 0 Comments

Health-tech startup Omada Health promises to help people with health issues change their behavior. And it’s starting out with a program to help diabetes sufferers. “It is a digital therapeutic, and they deliver…


Tech is evolving the digital human

Tech is evolving the digital human

April 7, 2014 2:43 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s a fairly uncontroversial thing to say technology is changing business. Or the economy. It’s a little more controversial, however, to say that technology is changing humans — not just…



HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ is everything awesome and terrible about the tech startup scene (review)

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ is everything awesome and terrible about the tech startup scene (review)

April 5, 2014 1:21 pm by | 0 Comments

No one is more perfectly suited to lampoon the startup scene than Mike Judge. The creator of classic comedies like Office Space, Idiocracy, and, yes, Beavis and Butt-Head, Judge also…


A ‘wearable’ for wheelchairs to prevent pressure ulcers

A ‘wearable’ for wheelchairs to prevent pressure ulcers

April 5, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

On the wrist, on the head, in a shoe – self-monitoring sensors are literally everywhere. Now a team from the University of Toronto is putting them in a place you…


Have You Checked Out The ‘SAFER’ Guides For EHR Management?

Have You Checked Out The ‘SAFER’ Guides For EHR Management?

March 30, 2014 3:20 am by | 0 Comments

“Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience,” or SAFER Guides, give direction for EHR implementation and safer EHR Management. As of January 2014, healthcare providers can use the SAFER Guides for…


Software development company throws its hat in the ring to try to passively track nutrition

Software development company throws its hat in the ring to try to passively track nutrition

March 28, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Of all the biometric data that health wearables and mobile apps can track, from miles moved to hours slept to heart beats per minute, no one has yet been able…


New Apple iPad promo shows off Cleveland Clinic’s concussion app

New Apple iPad promo shows off Cleveland Clinic’s concussion app

March 27, 2014 5:11 pm by | 0 Comments

Two and a half years ago, Cleveland Clinic researchers began a pilot study of an iPad app they’d developed as a tool for evaluating athletes after potential concussion-causing injuries. Now…


IMS Health seeks valuation of $7 billion in IPO

IMS Health seeks valuation of $7 billion in IPO

March 24, 2014 1:49 pm by | 0 Comments

IMS Health is prepping for an initial public offering, which could value the health-tech company at up to $6.97 billion. IMS said it expects to price its initial public offering…


Connecting the Docs for a Better Birth Control App

Connecting the Docs for a Better Birth Control App

March 21, 2014 9:06 pm by | 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, HIMSS is always great for people watching and stumbling upon great new concepts and products. A chance encounter with Jason Hwang, founder of…


The more you move, the better you play with Tappy Fit’s clever new game for Fitbit users

The more you move, the better you play with Tappy Fit’s clever new game for Fitbit users

March 21, 2014 1:25 pm by | 0 Comments

In an attempt to weave health data into other aspects of life, Aaron Coleman developed a Flappy Birds-like game app that uses data recorded by a person’s Fitbit to control…