News & Updates

The winner of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge with Walgreens may soon hit shelves! CEO of m-Healthcoach, Aamer Ghaffar, created an iPad app for Walgreens that might be implemented in 16 Chicago-based location. The app or “health guide” will offer 24 hour, real-time response information to patients about managing their health, including public physician rating sites and PHRs. The hope is that the new service will be helpful for patients and simultaneously lift the load of providing detailed information off of physicians and pharmacists. Negotiations are still ongoing but you can learn more about the Developer Challenge here.

Both the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society have submitted proposals to the FDA in an attempt to tweak guidelines of mobile medical apps. The proposals encourage innovation and emphasized education.

IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology have launched the One Million Healthy Children project, which will use data analysis to measure social contributing factors among children in Georgia with diabetes, autism, and asthma.

Maine based foundation Patient Advocates has partnered with American Well, online health care provider, to offer a telemedicine program by which patients can utilize Boston’s health care expert circuit.

Massive Health, a company creating tools to empower individuals to take control over their health, has developed a photo app by which users snap a shot of the food their consuming to document their eating habits in the hopes that they will analyze and change their eating behavior. You simply snap a shot and rate the food on a scale from “fit” to “fat” and share pix with friends. Massive is also collecting a valuable user-generated dataset that surpassed 200,000 unique geo-located ratings of “healthy” and “unhealthy” meals in just two days.

Mobile health care innovator, Diversinet has received a patent for an anti-cloning encryption method for the protection of health care data. The company now has increased their intellectual property, with 16 patents with 32 pending applications.

Swiss University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), has developed a small wireless device that attaches a smartphone to four small body sensors and hooks through the patient’s belt loop to monitor their cardiac rhythms. Any abnormalities that are detected are transmitted to physicians. Researchers have reported that the device is capable of one month of continuous use on a single battery charge.

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