Consumer

By Brian Dolan June 10, 2009
At the Consumer Genetics Show in Boston today, genome sequencing company Illumina's President and CEO Jay Flatley announced that Illumina had partnered with four major direct-to-consumer genomics companies and demonstrated a very rough concept for a mobile application that leveraged a consumer's genomic profile.  Illumina inked partnerships with consumer-facing genome analysis services 23andme,...
By Brian Dolan June 10, 2009
At the Consumer Genetics Show in Boston, MA, today Illumina President and CEO Jay Flatley reveals an iPhone with a conceptualized application called MyGenome. Flatley said a developer at Illumina put the application together in just 10 days. MyGenome would include access to the user's entire genomic profile and relevant analysis of their variant genome. One section would be "pharmacogenomics...
By Brian Dolan June 10, 2009
As we reported earlier this week, Continua Health Alliance selected the upcoming Bluetooth Low Energy technology for its second version of guidelines for medical device interoperability. Continua tapped Bluetooth LE for personal area network (PAN) devices, which include activity monitors and heart rate sensors and other mobile solutions that typically connect to a user's cell phone. Continua also...
By Brian Dolan June 9, 2009
What's old is new again? Continua Health Alliance certified Nonin's Bluetooth-enabled fingertip pulse oximeter as the first, interoperable wireless health device. Nonin's USB-enabled pulse oximeter was the very first (and only other) Continua-certified device.  The news runs counter to claims made by the Continua Health Alliance's Rick Cnossen, who chairs the alliance's technical working groups:...
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...