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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of August 11, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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The International Rescue Committee now uses Magpi, software that creates surveys administered on mobile phones across the technological spectrum, from smartphones to a basic Nokia with a Symbian operating system to a $10 no-name handset that can only send data via text message.  This mobile health system is used in 40 to 60 projects at any given time to send weekly birth and infant mortality statistics.  Read Original Content

There’s a vast, vast sea of the smartphone accessories out there designed to solve first-world problems, but here’s one that aspires to change the rest of the world. The folks at Dreamit Ventures-backed Biomeme have developed a device that will turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a mobile DNA replicating machine they hope will ultimately change how diseases are tracked and treated.  Read Original Content

Smartphone health apps are on the rise, and Weight Watchers is struggling to hold its financial weight.  The weight-loss program, one of the oldest and most widely recognized in the nation, recently announced a drop in its quarterly profit as it struggles to recruit new members.  At the same time, mobile apps that help people count calories and keep track of their fitness routines are thriving. Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Despite its efforts, Big Pharma hasn’t exactly taken a big bite out of the mobile health market. According to a new report from mobile app research firm research2guidance, only one pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis, has created an app portfolio that’s achieved more than 1 million downloads.  Read Original Content

Asthmapolis is designed to help people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease track when and where their symptoms are occurring. It uses a sensor that sits on top of an inhaler and tracks when and where the inhaler is used. The data, transmitted via Bluetooth to a user’s smartphone, may help patients figure out what is triggering asthma attacks.  Read Original Content
Interim HealthCare has released a new app that allows users to uniquely access health information, right in the palm of their hand.  The app, called “Interim TX NM,” features four self-help tools in one console: symptom evaluation, disease management, symptom exploration and a medical library.  Read Original Content

Verizon announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for Converged Health Management, a cloud-based, remote patient-monitoring medical device.  This marks the first time Verizon has sought and gained FDA clearance for a healthcare solution.  Read Original Content

Researchers at Scripps Health are conducting a study in which 200 people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart arrhythmias will be enrolled in a disease management program during which half of the patients will be given a smart phone equipped with mobile health monitoring apps.  The six-month study will evaluate whether the use of new technologies will lead to better disease control and lower costs.  Read Original Content

A recently released report from Epocrates takes a closer look at the growing daily role of mobile communications in medicine and shows that nine in ten health-care providers will use smartphones, and nearly as many will have adopted tablets, within the next year.  Read Original Content

Nokia and XPRIZE’s $2.25 million Sensing XCHALLENGES is a challenge unearthing amazing sensor innovations and encouraging teams to build sensing technology to be used for identifying or diagnosing disease.  “While there has been an influx of market activity around health and fitness applications, medical diagnostic and sensing technologies for consumers remains scarce,” said the chief technology officer at Nokia.  Read Original Content

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