News & Updates
Apple periodically lists apps for particular people, and even with their new Health app, Apple recently added a new list: “Apple’s Apps for Diabetics.” The apps aren’t all from the US, and they don’t all target diabetes specifically; most are consumer-facing apps, but there is one app for doctors, one for kids, and one for pregnant women with diabetes.
French provider search startup KelDoc is raising $1.4 million (€1 million) from Alven Capital and business angels. Managing doctor appointments is a very regulated market across the pond, and KelDoc has a deep understanding on how this kind of service needs to be adapted to the French and European markets.
General Mills, the makers of Wheaties, teamed up with MapMyFitness (now a subsidiary of Under Armour) to allow customers to choose the next Wheaties athlete for the first time. Customers will vote with their feet: each workout logged with MapMyFitness will count as votes toward their athlete of choice.
Aetna will soon offer a new service called NeoCare to members who are new parents with infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). NeoCare Solutions, a startup in Aetna’s Healthagen’s unit, offers a tablet-based app that keeps parents connected to a NeoCoach (a registered nurse or social worker) who supports them throughout their child’s NICU journey.
eRelevance Corporation, a health IT services company, raised another round of seed funding. This brings the company’s total funding to $1.3M. The new funding will be used to support the company’s go-to-market strategy.
Second Wind Dreams, a non-profit organization catered towards aging, re-launched its Family Edition of the Virtual Dementia Tour. VDT is a scientifically proven system that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities with props and circumstances, which simulate changes associated with the physical and cognitive impairments of aging.
IHRSA’s Global Report 2014 surveyed fitness club members in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, and found that 30% of them use a mobile app to track their health and fitness. The survey also found that roughly 5% use a paid mobile app for this purpose.