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By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2017
Cloud-based healthcare services company PrescribeWellness is working with Coopharma, a Puerto Rican cooperative of community pharmacies. With PrescribeWellness’s offering, Coopharma will aim to increase medication adherence, patient loyalty and health. “This partnership benefits our member pharmacies and all of their patients,” Heriberto Ortiz Martinez, executive director of Coopharma, said in a...
By Jeff Lagasse July 27, 2017
More than 500,000 births occur each year in the state of California, but deciding where to get care can often be a difficult process for consumers. That’s where a new partnership between Yelp and the California Health Care Foundation comes in.   Thanks to the partnership, maternity care measures are now being displayed for the roughly 250 hospitals that deliver babies in the state. These measures...
By Heather Mack April 27, 2017
While it is impossible to call any one method of patient engagement “tried and true,” texting as a means of getting people to play an active role in their healthcare has been a successful strategy in many cases, ranging from diabetes management to depression. That’s Encino, California-based mPulse Mobile’s forte, and the company has now attracted the attention of Harvard Medical School...
By Aditi Pai September 18, 2014
San Francisco-based Omada Health has received $950,000 from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and The Kresge Foundation to expand its prediabetes program, called Prevent, to low income populations in the US. CHCF contributed $450,000 through its CHCF Health Innovation Fund and Kresge Foundation contributed $500,000 through its Social Investment Practice. Omada Health will use the funds...
By Jonah Comstock October 25, 2013
Most people agree that doing robust studies and pilots is important to the development of mobile and digital health, and to reaching the cost savings these technologies offer. But what kind of evidence is important? When is it time to stop running pilots and go to scale, and what challenges does that process offer? And furthermore, does every provider organization have to reinvent the wheel, or...
By Brian Dolan June 11, 2013
The California Health Care Foundation's CHCF Innovation Fund announced this week that it has invested a total of slightly more than $1 million in Madison, Wisconsin-based Asthmapolis, which offers a FDA-cleared inhaler sensor and app for people with asthma, COPD, or cystic fibrosis. CHCF has made two investments in Asthmapolis over the years but the bulk of the $1 million makes up its most recent...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2013
One of the findings of a recent California Health Care Foundation whitepaper about health-specific accelerators was the importance of involving healthcare experts such as doctors in the organization. Dr. Hubert Zajicek took that to heart in starting his new health tech accelerator, Health Wildcatters, in Dallas, Texas. Zajicek is a physician who specialized in nephrology, or kidney research....
By Brian Dolan March 2, 2011
Last April we published a list of "five must-read mobile health reports" that were free to anyone to download. The list was an instant hit and in recent weeks I have had requests from a number of people for a refreshed list. As of March 2011, there have been four free, must-read mHealth reports by my count -- and together they do a fine job of encapsulating a good portion of the mHealth...
By Brian Dolan April 13, 2010
The mobile health trend started to pick up steam halfway through last year: Since then a flurry of reports have hit the interwebs with insightful analysis and punchy interviews well worth reading. At the close of 2009, Babyforyou.net.ua published its own Wireless Health State of the Industry Report, which we offered up as a holiday gift to our readers. There are many other high quality reports...
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