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By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Apple-focused publication MacNN's patent editor has uncovered a recently granted iPhone-related patent that covers wireless remote monitoring of vital signs. The first patent MacNN found is for the "technological make-up of a monitoring device" and a "transponder that reflects event data," which by example is presented as a mobile phone - heart rate detector system as well as a mobile phone -...
By Brian Dolan June 24, 2009
At the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Qualcomm's Clint McClellan revealed that Lifecomm, a Qualcomm start-up that has been in the works for a number of years, will sell a mobile phone with an embedded glucometer as one of its first offerings. Lifecomm was first announced by Qualcomm in 2005, but has yet to launch. The company will reportedly manage the wireless connectivity...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of wireless and medical companies, which aim to create an interoperable ecosystem of medical devices and systems, has been busy this year. After announcing its first two Continua-certified products, the Alliance also announced two new wireless technologies for its Version 2 guidelines: ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Most of the devices under Continua's...
By Brian Dolan June 19, 2009
Shortly after BlackBerry's App World launched we noted that it had 34 applications in its Health & Fitness category. Since our last article two months ago, BlackBerry's App World has added four more health and fitness related applications, while Apple's iPhone App Store has added 96 health-related apps... just this past week. Since the iPhone's App Store is hosted online and is accessible...
By Brian Dolan June 19, 2009
David Harlow over at the Health Blawg caught up with Microsoft SVP Peter Neupert event to discuss future plans for the company's PHR platform HealthVault. Neupert was just finishing up at the Microsoft Connected Health. While it wasn't a focus, mHealth did come up during the event. Neupert told Harlow and the other reporters on the conference call that the HealthVault platform is device-agnostic...
By Brian Dolan June 18, 2009
Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of Southern California researchers have developed a wireless body area network (BAN) that they plan to leverage to help overweight and obese teenagers adhere to their daily fitness regimens.  The USC team's BAN consists of an accelerometer, heart rate monitor, GPS device and a sensor that measures electrical...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2009
CTIA-The Wireless Association® Hosts a Technology and Policy Forum on mHealth Solutions for America’s Chronic Care Crisis Medical and Policy Experts to discuss mobile wireless solutions for reducing the cost of treating chronic disease in America As President Barack Obama recently noted, “The crushing cost of healthcare causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds.”  In the U.S., the total...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2009
iMedicor inked a deal with myLeaderboard to take its HIPAA-compliant medical information transfer platform mobile in an effort to respond "to the growing demand by physicians who rely heavily on their handheld devices to deliver a higher quality of care to their patients," the company said in a statement. "iMedicor is working with myLeaderboard to deliver this new functionality within 60 to 90...
By Brian Dolan June 16, 2009
During a question and answer period at the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's CEO Mike Lazaridis explained his ten year vision for the smartphone, which he described as becoming a "wireless wallet." Lazaridis explained that part of the reason that RIM bought security company Certicom was to secure these future "wireless wallets" that will hold our medical...
By Brian Dolan June 16, 2009
Round-up of mHealth and related stories from the past week: AMA inks HealthVault deal: Last week at Microsoft's Connected Health Conference the company announced an agreement with the American Medical Association and portal developer, Covisint, to offer its physician members their own online portal to exchange health data with patients. Once a patient gives a physician access, physicians will be...