mHealth Apps Have Positive Influence on Physical Activity

A recent Journal of Medical Internet Research study concludes that mobile apps have the potential to influence end user physical activity. Researchers from the University of Illinois were the first to study the use of mobile devices to influence physical activity. The study highlights the potential of mhealth strategies in efforts to engage patients physically.

mHealth Apps Have Positive Influence on Physical Activity

“Theoretically grounded behavior change interventions that recognize and act on the potential of smartphone technology could provide investigators with an effective tool for increasing physical activity.” – Edward McAuley, PhD, University of Illinois.

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Behavioral Health Solution Ginger.io Nets $6.5 Million in Series B Financing

Behavioral health startup Ginger.io receives $6.5 million in Series B financing to support its smartphone monitoring analytics tool. The investment comes from Khosla Ventures, a progressively active VC firm in the behavioral health apps marketplace.

Behavioral Health Solution Ginger.io Nets $6.5 Million in Series B Financing

The app monitors patients overall level of calls and texts and alerts behavioral health clinicians with a “check engine light” if the patient appears to have become withdrawn.

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NextGen and Microsoft Partner to Produce MobileCabinet PHR.

NextGen and Microsoft announce a collaborative effort to create a consumer-based mobile health record. Dubbed MobileCabinet, the platform will act as a patient portal app, allowing users to access their medical record, track disease management and personal health goals, trend data, and transmit their records to providers.

NextGen and Microsoft Partner to Produce MobileCabinet PHR.

"Windows 8 is providing new ways for healthcare IT developers like NextGen to enable consumers to use one device to take charge of their own healthcare and well-being. With the MedicineCabinet app, patients can easily and seamlessly tap, type, or swipe to share and stay connected," – Dennis Schmuland, M.D., FAAFP, chief health strategy officer of US Health & Life Sciences Microsoft Corporation.

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Harvard and MIT Collaboration Explores Human Powered Medical Devices

A recent interview with MD’s from Harvard and MIT explores the possibility of moving away from battery powered implanted medical devices, looking instead to harnessing power generated from the human body.

Harvard and MIT Collaboration Explores Human Powered Medical Devices

The study substantiated the concept by powering the possibility of using temperature change, the heart beat, and even a naturally existing biological battery within the inner ear that, in guinea pigs, was able to indefinitely run a hearing aid.

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iRhythm Receives $1.5 Million Investment from California HealthCare Foundation

iRhythm, a San Francisco-based wireless medical device company, announces that it has received  a $1.5 million investment from California HealthCare Foundation to forward development of a cardiac rhythm monitor patch. Named the ZioPatch, the cardiac patch has been FDA approved to provide up to 14 consecutive days of cardiac rhythm monitoring in either the ambulatory or home care setting.

iRhythm Receives $1.5 Million Investment from California HealthCare Foundation

“The simplicity of their approach to ambulatory cardiac monitoring minimizes logistics, promotes increased patient compliance, and streamlines the process for patients and clinicians.” – Margaret Laws, Manager of the CHCF Health Innovation Fund.

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