Health Tracking

Aetna is getting ready to release CarePass, an app for accessing your health device data, medical records and health information all in one place. Two interesting things to note from the article:

“We see some more aggressive employers like Safeway, where they are driving outcomes by swabbing the cheeks of employees to see whether they are smoking or not.” U.S. law says that smokers can be charged higher premiums."

Wow - swabbing! And Zeo, the sleep device, is mentioned in the article as a now defunct company.

This area is moving fast. My question - will folks feel comfortable with an insurance company having more their data?


You learn something every day. A young iOS developer recently gave me his feedback on my gottaFeeling iPhone app. He believed that the icon for the app: looked like an Emo. What's an emo?

It's a young man (usually) who follows the emo subculture - defined by dark bangs in eyes, tight skinny black jeans and angst. See also the Wikipedia definition of emo.

Funny when I created the app I had never even heard of emo.

Mobile Data

I've been hunting around for a better mobile backend solution for my app data. Flurry was fine at the beginning but it's so freaking difficult to get data out and use it that I'm looking for other options. So, first, the tech world calls it Mobile BaaS, otherwise known as Mobile Backend-As-A-Service.

Here are some of the vendors in the space (not necessarily data management specific):

1. Parse 2. Stackmob 3. Kinvey 4. Applicasa 5. Mobdb 6. Cocoafish 7. Quickblox 8. Kumulos 9. Usergrid (open source)

Any experience with these options?