Consumer

By Brian Dolan July 30, 2009
As we have noted before, because of the iTunes AppStore's popularity, trying to pin down the Top Ten Free Apps in a given category is like trying to shoot a moving target. That said, the headline of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, because by tomorrow or even by tonight this list will probably be dated, too. For the sake of taking a pulse check on the medical app offerings for the iPhone and...
By Brian Dolan July 22, 2009
According to a recent ABI Research report, 15 million wireless devices will be in use by early 2012 to remotely monitor the well-being of elderly or at-risk people. For the next two years at least, most of these devices will consist of medical devices with cellular technology built-in, according to the report. "Wireless telehealth systems can reduce healthcare costs in a couple of ways," ABI...
By MHN Staff July 21, 2009
Ascension Health, CA and Qualcomm Aid the Advancement of Continua BEAVERTON, Ore.– Continua Health Alliance, the non-profit, open industry alliance of more than 200 leading healthcare and technology organizations, today announced that it has elected representatives of Ascension Health, CA, Inc. and Qualcomm to its Board of Directors. Also represented on Continua’s Board of Directors are Cisco...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
A recent survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 73 percent of consumers would use biometric electronic remote monitoring services to track their condition and vital signs -- a key metric for determining interest in many wireless health services. The PwC report had a number of other interesting metrics: "More than half of people who went to a hospital emergency department in the past year...
By Brian Dolan July 20, 2009
BiancaMed, a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of monitoring technology for sleep apnea diagnosis and other sleep or breathing related conditions, has raised €6  million ($9.8 million) in its second round of venture capital. The company's technology includes contact-free wireless sensors for heart rate and breathing. Seventure Partners led the latest investment round with return investors ePlanet,...
By MHN Staff July 16, 2009
Intel Health Guide Enables Personalized Care Management at Home Through Video Conferencing, Vital Signs Collection, and Customizable Content SANTA CLARA, Calif.–Intel Corporation today announced additional connectivity options along with new customers for the Intel Health Guide, reflecting increased momentum for Intel’s next-generation remote patient monitoring solution. In order to give payers...
By Brian Dolan July 16, 2009
Cisco, UnitedHealth ramp up remote doctor visits: Insurance company UnitedHealth said it will use Cisco's HealthPresence in a nationwide program to enable doctors to treat patients remotely. The companies aim to create a nationwide network to enable video medical imaging, audio communication and health record information exchange between remote locations like retail stores, office settings and...
By Brian Dolan July 15, 2009
It's been more than four years since Qualcomm first announced its plans to help launch a healthcare-focused mobile phone service, called LifeComm. Qualcomm and its (still) undisclosed partners recently decided that it was time to pull the plug on LifeComm after failing to raise additional third party funding, mobihealthnews has learned from an anonymous source. A circa 2007 mock-up of a LifeComm...
By Brian Dolan July 14, 2009
MYLEstone Health's Matt Tendler has a worthwhile column today over at Diabetes Health that describes the landscape for diabetes management tools on smartphones -- with a special emphasis on the iPhone. MYLEstone created the popular Glucose Buddy iPhone app. mobihealthnews recently broke the news that Glucose Buddy had inked a deal with Roche to embed some of its diabetes management tools into the...
By Brian Dolan July 14, 2009
For the record, BlackBerry has conducted clinical trials with smartphones paired with Bluetooth-enabled medical peripheral devices for years. Three of the company's smartphones are among the five most popular smartphones in North America. At least one executive at BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is a bit curious about all the hype around Apple's recent medical foray with the iPhone....