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By Brian Dolan July 8, 2009
A recent Frost & Sullivan report that extols the value of mobile technology for healthcare settings missed the mark when it pointed to network level security as the key to wireless health tools' success. "While mobile technology undoubtedly adds value to healthcare, the question is whether advances in technology pose a security threat, as information transmitted across a network should be...
By Brian Dolan July 3, 2009
In order to get a better sense of which mobile health applications are gaining consistent traction, we'll be publishing iPhone app "pulse checks" regularly since Apple makes the popularity of their apps public and updates it in real-time. This week, we compiled a snapshot of the top ten most popular paid apps in the Health & Fitness category. Applications in this category typically skew to...
By Brian Dolan July 3, 2009
iFitness From the company: iFitness is our solution for expensive personal trainers at your local gym. Performing an exercise incorrectly is harmful to your body, and repeating the same few exercises you know will never push you forward -- that is why iFitness is so handy. iFitness offers: + over 110 fully illustrated exercises with accompanying text + favorites option to create your own custom...
By Brian Dolan July 1, 2009
At last week's "mHealth Solutions and Policy Forum" hosted by the wireless industry association CTIA, wireless carrier Sprint was the only carrier to participate and demonstrate a few of the healthcare solutions its wireless network currently supports. During the event, Sprint demonstrated these mHealth services: REDFLY Mobile Companion, developed by Celio, is a 2 lb device that acts "as a...
By Brian Dolan June 26, 2009
This year the emerging wireless health industry has enjoyed a boon of publicity and in some cases hype, but it's also been a bright spot for venture capital investment, too. Here are five mHealth start-ups that received venture capital investments in 2009. Their products range from wireless implantable neurological devices to fitness-tracking wristbands and waiting room tablets.  Let us know if...
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...

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