Healthrageous' h!GO app; Hardware apps?

By Brian Dolan

Cambridge Consultants i-drationHealthrageous officially launches its mobile app h!GO: Healthrageous, a personalized connected health technology company that spun out of Boston-based Partners Healthcare earlier this year, announced the official launch of its new mobile app, h!GO, which aims to help users shed unhealthy habits and embrace healthy lifestyles. The app also aims to aid in the effective self-management of blood pressure and blood sugar. This mobile app is currently available to Healthrageous customers on devices including as the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry. The h!GO app was available to test out for attendees of Partners' Connected Health Symposium in Boston a few months ago. The first customer Healthrageous announced was EMC.

Hardware apps: Cambridge Consultants plans to demonstrate its "i-dration" concept fitness water bottle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January. The water bottle would combine a series of sensors that communicate with an app on the user's smartphone. The sensors measure ambient temperature, amount of fluid consumed, frequency of fluid consumed while the phone tracks activity based on data gathered by its accelerometer. Couple that with data from a connected heart rate monitor and i-dration plans to keep exercisers well hydrated. Cambridge Consultants calls it a "hardware app," which is a type of app we expect to see many more of in 2011. Even if the term doesn't stick around.

Secure data repositories: CTIS has built a number of apps for the iPhone and Android platforms, including the mWarrior app. In a recent interview, Raj Shah, CEO of CTIS, said the company was working with Oracle, Microsoft, Google and others "to build secure data repositories for patient and clinician data."

Australian government developing mobile EHR: During a government sponsored e-health conference in Melbourne, Australia's Health Minister Nicola Roxon demonstrated a concept iPhone app that enables doctors to access a patient's medical history through electronic medical records (EMR). /pharmatest_c