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By Brian Dolan June 29, 2009
Last week at the Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle, Washington about 200 health industry thought leaders convened to discuss electronic medical records and wireless health services.  Scroll through this slideshow of images taken from the show in Seattle for some of the memorable quotes and points made during the course of the event last Monday and Tuesday.  >> CONTINUE
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2009
Better Health Technologies' Vince Kuraitis served as chairman of the Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle, Washington last week: "We focus on the patient as being at the center of healthcare, which is right, but we also need to figure out how collaboration between the network of people around the patient should work, too." Noted industry thought leader Dr. David Kibbe asked attendees...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2009
U. of House works on wireless sensors: University of Houston and the Abramson Center for the Future of Health are designing an in-home health system for vital sign monitoring and location tracking. For about $1,000 an entire house could be outfitted with the system, which could then alert caregivers via their smartphones when a patient is in need. For movement tracking, patients will have to wear...
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
Not unlike the mHealth industry, the city of Seattle began with a number of false starts: The first European settlers in the city named their original village "New York," but perhaps because of the anticipated confusion changed it to "Alki," which meant "by and by" or "someday" in Chinook. A few years later Alki's settlers found it rough goings so they moved a short distance across the bay in an...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
Why does it seem like so many physicians have embraced the iPhone, but only 15 percent of them are using some form of electronic health record EHR technology? That's one of the questions that Dr. David Kibbe posed to the audience at Healthcare Unbound here in Seattle, Washington.  Kibbe suggested a number of reasons for why physicians are adopting smartphones like the iPhone while shirking EHRs,...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the West Wireless Health Institute will soon announce plans to conduct a clinical trial with Corventis, a remote heart monitoring company. Corventis makes use of a Band Aid-like wireless sensor-enabled patch that sends heart readings through Bluetooth to a patients' iPhone or BlackBerry. The data is then transmitted to a physician's office and...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Services, Kendra Markle told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in Seattle that "wireless technology is revolutionizing health behavior change tools." These tools can now reach people anytime, including during those moments directly before we make health-related decisions, she said.  These tools can now reach people right when they sit down in...
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 23, 2009
Epocrates prevents about one adverse drug event (ADE) per week for most physicians who use its mobile clinical software, according to a poll that the company recently conducted. Epocrates surveyed more than 2,000 physicians that use its mobile clinical reference app and 60 percent reported avoiding about one ADE a week and found the app more helpful than EMRs for actionable reference information...