Consumer

By Brian Dolan June 8, 2009
In what looks to be a coup for the ZigBee Alliance, the Continua Health Alliance has picked Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee for inclusion in its next set of guidelines for interoperability between health devices and systems. The two low power standards will become the technology that Continua promotes for devices used in health and fitness and aging independently.  The two technologies beat out...
By Brian Dolan June 8, 2009
Despite its long history in the medical industry, Palm has launched its latest device with no medical applications. We have written about Palm's legacy as a platform of choice for doctors and other health workers who have depended on the company's PDA for the last decade, but with the company's new smartphone, the Pre, it seems Palm did not have them in mind.  Well, Palm CEO Ed Colligan did have...
By Brian Dolan June 5, 2009
By Lisa Stiles, Talstone Group, organizing sponsor of HealthCampNash At last week's inaugural HealthCampNash in Nashville, TN, Paul Meyer, co-founder, president and chairman of Voxiva, led with a keynote presentation, called "Mobile Health - Lessons from Around the World," which included a number of case studies from developing markets as well as a sneak peak of Voxiva's plans in the U.S. Since...
By Brian Dolan June 3, 2009
By Philippa Hobbs, Business Research Executive, Informa Telecoms & Media Innovation in mobile healthcare technology is burgeoning but implementation is hampered by the very industry this technology exists to support. The relationship between healthcare systems and health technology can be tortuous, though mutual benefits to levels of patient care and to the bottom line will, if only slowly,...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2009
GreatCall, parent company to Jitterbug, the easy-to-use mobile phone service for seniors, launched a new phone called the Jitterbug J, which is a big step since the service provider formerly only had two other phones available. It's much more interesting, however, what that new phone makes possible for Jitterbug customers: the new "Jitterbug Service Store." The new store is made possible by the J...
By Brian Dolan May 31, 2009
From the same engineers that designed Google Maps comes an online collaboration tool called Google Wave that attempts to answer the question: What would email look like if it was invented today, instead of some 40 years ago before the Internet even existed? Some have called Google's answer to that question a Twitter-killer, but given the application's status as an open-source project, it could...
By Brian Dolan May 28, 2009
Heavy, expensive and huge text-to-speech machines may be a thing of the past for parents of autistic children or for families caring for a loved one with Lou Gehrig's Disease, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, ALS or who had suffered through a stroke. Mobile health applications are set to disintermediate the bulky text-to-speech machine market, according to a report in USA Today. iPhone app...
By Brian Dolan May 27, 2009
The X Prize Foundation has set its sights on healthcare reform  and has launched a $10 million Healthcare X Prize competition to spur innovation from global health innovators. The overall aim of the competition is to increase health care value by 50 percent in a 10,000 person community over a three year period. As we have heard from a number of wireless health thought leaders, remote monitoring...
By Brian Dolan May 27, 2009
Nokia's Ovi Store, which is the mobile phone giant's answer to Apple's iPhone AppStore, launched yesterday, and it is severely lacking in medical, health and fitness applications. As we have noted recently, the iPhone now has more than 1,500 health-related applications. Granted, the AppStore had a couple years head start on Nokia, but the Finnish phone maker has taken its time and -- at first...
By Brian Dolan May 26, 2009
Yesterday we reported on the voluntary recall that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced for some 160,000 Samsung "Jitterbug" phones sold between March 2008 and May 2009. Some of the phones could potentially fail to connect to 911 services when in an out-of-service area. While the setback is a substantial one for the closely held mobile service for seniors, the company is working...