consumer health

By Laura Lovett April 15, 2019
Within the last decade, shopping for groceries, clothes and books has become a lot more virtual. The digital space is rapidly replacing brick and mortar stores for many customers. Now consumers are turning to the web for their health products—whether it is to get a pharmacy prescription, a urine test or an “embarrassing” sexual health product. Read on for three emerging trends in the digital mail...

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By Laura Lovett March 13, 2019
Figuring out the right questions to ask a doctor during a short visit can be stressful, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is attempting to help remedy this issue with a new app called Question Builder. The app is free and lets patients figure out the appropriate questions and medical information for them when they take a trip to their doctor. The technology was developed with...
By Heather Mack October 5, 2016
Denver-based Welltok, the health management company that makes the CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, has raised $33.7 million in Series E funding. Additionally, the company secured a new debt facility that equips Welltok with $13 million of expanded borrowing capacity. The combined financing will be used for continued development of CafeWell, other complementary digital healthcare service...
By Heather Mack September 22, 2016
While the US healthcare industry has historically been a business-to-business system of silos wherein patients paid a more passive role, that won’t fly in today’s consumer-directed economy, says a new study by Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute. Instead, the study authors say, healthcare is increasingly emerging as a “modular ecosystem that operates similarly to retail,...
By Bernie Monegain June 22, 2016
Google, the world's most used search engine, is partnering with two of the world's leading health organizations to take the confusion out of symptom searching. "We worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2015
Four out of five internet-connected adults use some kind of digital health technology, according to a new report on consumer health trends by seed investor Rock Health. Rock Health identified six different categories of digital health use: searching for online health information, comparing health services online, tracking health with a mobile app, tracking health with a wearable device, using...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2015
Earlier this month Washington DC-based telehealth startup, Pacify, has raised $1.1 million from local accelerator Acceleprise and a dozen angel investors. The startup is initially focused on pediatrics and connecting new parents with lactation consultants, nurses, and dietitians via video visits through a mobile app. The company's service is not yet commercially launched but it is being used by a...
By Brian Dolan January 6, 2015
According to a recent survey of 24,000 consumers in 24 countries, about 8 percent now own wearable fitness monitors and 6 percent own a wearable health monitor. The Accenture survey was conducted online between October and November. Respondents were aged 14 and older. Snippet of Accenture Survey Results from "Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World" According to the survey, 12...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Former Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz and Matt Mohebbi, a former Google engineer, have teamed up to launch the drug-focused digital health startup Iodine, which Goetz unveiled this week at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. "There’s a massive amount of search traffic on medications," Goetz told Babyforyou.net.ua. "People use the internet for health decisions as much as they use it...
By Brian Dolan April 11, 2014
The first three months of 2014 have proven to be eventful. Among arguably much more important events, Apple hired a whole lot of medical sensor experts for some unknown reason – most suspect for the rumored iWatch. More NBA players started wearing health tracking devices. The Google Flu Trends debacle got some scholarly attention. Disney helped launch a tooth brushing app for kids. Facebook...
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