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Top Ten Digital Health Investments Of 2013; Generating Momentum For The Year Ahead

Digital health investing started the year on a high note with four $20+ million rounds of funding in January alone for MD Live, TigerText, MC10 and WellDoc. That’s a very promising continuation of the tremendous funding...more

Digital Health: Revolutionizing Healthcare [Video]

What is digital health? What sort of action is digital health seeing? According to Fenwick client and digital health incubator Rock Health, digital health funding was up 65 percent mid-year in 2012 and up 45 percent over the...more

Who Will Pay For Digital Health Apps?

The question of whether or not smartphone apps can play an important role in the delivery of healthcare services has been more or less answered with a resounding yes. From weight loss to diabetes monitoring to diagnosing ear...more

Hot Companies in Digital Health [Video]

With venture capital funding of digital health up 45 percent in 2012, according to Rock Health, we’re hearing a lot about mobile health apps and healthcare IT. You may be asking yourself what is digital health? Michael...more

Digital Health: Where is the Action for Entrepreneurs? [Video]

As CES 2013 draws to a close, Michael Esquivel, a partner in Fenwick’s Start-ups and Venture Capital Group, identifies where the action is for entrepreneurs and investors in digital health and healthcare IT. According to...more

FCC Releases Decision on New Funding Program for Rural Health: Broadband Connectivity Prioritized and the Expansion of...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC; the "Commission") decision making continues to be active in the area of telemedicine. Recently, on December 21, 2012, the agency released a lengthy decision updating its rules and...more

mHealth and the FCC: What Does the FCC Have to Do with Medical Devices?

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. One might not associate the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with mHealth issues. Yet, the FCC has a vital role to play in this field, and if...more

The P's & Q's of mHealth and Patient Engagement; Privacy and Security Issues

Orginally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. "Patient engagement is the holy grail of healthcare," according to one hospital executive. Indeed, there is real money in the development of products and...more

mHealth and Home Health: A Natural Fit

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. Home health is an industry built on the core value of having hands-on-professionals providing quality healthcare in the comfort and privacy of the...more

Healthcare Reform and New mHealth Business Opportunities: What mHealth Entrepreneurs Should Know After the Presidential Election

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012 mHealth investors and mHealth entrepreneurs may struggle to understand what business opportunities are present in the U.S. healthcare system since the...more

“Clear and Conspicuous” FTC Guidance on Marketing Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently published a guide, Marketing your Mobile App: Get it Right From the Start, to help mobile app developers understand FTC advertising and privacy rules. ...more

FCC Will Work to Implement mHealth Task Force Report

In a move he says will improve the quality of health care and cut health system costs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the Commission will work toward implementing recommendations proposed by the mHealth Task Force,...more

Health Innovation Summit Begs the Question - Is Digital Health at a Tipping Point?

From the minute you stepped off the elevator at Rock Health’s annual Health Innovation Summit on Tuesday, there was an undeniable energy. The sold out event was jam-packed with entrepreneurs, investors and health and...more

Stickiness Eludes Many Health and Fitness Apps

The New York Times recently ran a story titled, “It’s hard to stay friends with an exercise monitor” that underscored a problem facing many health and fitness apps – the risk that users quickly lose interest. ...more

Venture Investment in Digital Health Effectively Doubles in H1 2012

Venture investment in healthcare convergence technologies soared in the first half of 2012. According to a recent report from Burrill & Co, digital health, into which they group healthcare IT, mobile health and wireless...more

Aging in Place Drives mHealth Technologies

A lot of the momentum around the mobile health (or mHealth) market is tied to the growing interest in products that enable the elderly to age in place. A key to allowing people to stay in their homes as they age is the...more

FDA to Finalize Mobile Medical App Rules Following Bill Passage

Yesterday, the Senate approved the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) which provides reauthorization for major components of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) set to expire at the end of...more

Pricing mobile health apps: Will consumers pay?

There are a lot of opportunities to be had creating mobile health apps for consumers. But there are still plenty of questions to be answered about how to build sustainable businesses. Who will pay for mhealth products? How...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

Human-Centered Design Key to Adoption for Digital Health Products

The recent Fenwick Digital Health Investor Summit included a presentation on how to design successful digital health products. Aimee Jungman, VP of Health and Wellness Innovation at frog design, discussed the four essential...more

Digital Health Investor Summit Highlights Market Potential

Last Friday we hosted our inaugural Digital Health Investor Summit in partnership with RockHealth at our Mountain View conference center. During the program, several key themes emerged that point to the inevitability of a...more

mHealth: Technology's Healthcare Reform

"If you don't have mobility in your [healthcare] strategy, then you don't have a strategy," said Allina Health System's Susan Heichert at a 2012 national health information conference. As funds for traditional...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

Electronic Medical Records

You may never need to fill out a form when you visit a doctor's office. Instead of having a different medical record number at each hospital or doctor's office, patients can have their entire medical history accessible online...more

mHealth Alert: Text4baby: Texting Health Messages to Pregnant Women and New Moms

Furthering the use of commercial wireless networks to deliver health information, the Obama Administration recently announced its new Text4baby campaign, which sends free regular text messages with health information to...more

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