Eric Wicklund

November 13, 2015
Forget the wristband and watch – those mHealth wearables are so yesterday. Today's entrepreneurs have moved on to some even more interesting items, like necklaces, rings, pacifiers, and even soap. Those products were among on display at the recent Slush fair, a seven-year-old gathering of some 1,700 tech startups, 800 investors and 15,000 participants in Helsinki, Finland. The digital necklace...
November 13, 2015
A Florida-based developer of clinical communications solutions is launching three new projects designed to improve care coordination – including a partnership with Uber and a social media "wall" for care teams. Sarasota-based Voalte is enlisting the ride-sharing platform to help the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System arrange rides for follow-up care for patients discharged from the hospital....
November 12, 2015
Clinical decision support vendors are among the front-runners in the move to mobility. The latest to jump is Medscape, which rolled out its Medscape Consult digital platform during this week's mHealth Summit. The New York-based company is touting mobile access to its Medscape Drugs & Diseases reference database for physicians needing point-of-care support. The tool allows clinicians to search...
November 11, 2015
The common method for diagnosing Parkinson's disease is a 60-question test, with answers rated on a scale of 1 to 5. "Pass" the test, and you've got Parkinson's mHealth is going to change that. Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation are joining forces on a project to collect and analyze data from Parkinson's patients through wearable devices – more specifically, a Pebble watch. The idea is that...
November 11, 2015
Watson is being called in to help fight rare pediatric diseases. IBM's cognitive learning platform will be integrated into Boston Children's Hospital to help researchers at the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research in their study of steroid-resistant neophrotic syndrome (SRNS), a rare genetic form of kidney disease. Watson will first scour all available literature and related information on...
November 11, 2015
For those of you who think the Emergency Room is a hospital's loss leader, Neal Sikka would beg to differ. Sikka, an associate professor at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine and the brainchild behind the hospital's Connect-ER telemedicine platform, says the ED "really is the gateway to the hospital." It's the point of entry for many patients, especially those in...
November 10, 2015
One of the nation's largest providers of home monitoring services for seniors, chronic care and at-risk populations is getting an mHealth boost. VRI, a Franklin, Ohio-based developer of medical alert and health monitoring services, will now be collecting biometric data in the home through Qualcomm Life's 2net platform. This will allow the 25-year-old company to monitor vital signs alongside its...
November 10, 2015
ResearchKit is making the clinical trial process a whole lot easier - and that's the first step toward achieving better clinical outcomes. Apple's provider-facing, open-source platform, unveiled that past April, is being used in dozens of studies around the world, most of them focused on creating apps that allow providers to bridge the gap with at-risk, underserved and chronic care populations....
November 10, 2015
When designing an app for consumers, healthcare providers need to remember one crucial point: Don't assume. "Don't assume you know what's important to patients," says Ophelia Chiu, head of design strategy and innovation for New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While working on the MyMSK app that was introduced this past February, she said, "we actually asked them what they needed...
November 9, 2015
America's seniors are looking for more than easy access to healthcare. This fastest growing segment of the nation's population wants to keep its health. That requires creativity, said Jo Ann Jenkins, chief executive officer of the AARP. It requires entrepreneurs who can develop technology that allows seniors to live where they want to live, and a healthcare system that pays attention to health...