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By Brian Dolan August 26, 2009
Wireless sensing and communications developer CardioMEMS just announced that it had completed a $22.1 million round of financing. The company said that the additional funds will bankroll its heart failure clinical trial, which was initiated in September of 2007 and is currently taking place in more than 65 heart centers across the U.S. CardioMEMS first announced its heart failure pressure...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2009
Epocrates' fourth annual Future Physicians of America survey polled more than 1,000 medical students about their technology preferences and habits. Epocrates found that nearly 90 percent of medical students view information available through mobile or online drug and disease references, like Epocrates' own offerings, as "highly credible." Epocrates found that students are four times more likely...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2009
Fourth Annual Survey by Epocrates Gives U.S. Medical Students Voice on Pressing Issues SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Medical students give the U.S. healthcare system a poor grade and consider technology a ‘must have' for their future practice. These opinions and technology priorities, including mobile reference and electronic medical records (EMRs), are represented in the fourth annual Future Physicians...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2009
Matthew Connor, a rising junior at Princeton University received a $100,000 grant from Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) to build a more in-depth online portal for his diabetes management iPhone app, Islet, which Connor and his brother launched last September. Islet enables diabetics to record what and how much they eat, their insulin injections, blood sugar...
By Brian Dolan August 21, 2009
By David Doherty Forget about remote monitoring, wearable sensors, NFC/RFID, smartphones, software apps, GPS, mEHR's, video messaging, 3G video calling and SMS. These are part of a wave that is without a doubt advancing, but the evidence of successful mHealth applications can already be found throughout the healthcare system: Urgent Care: For over a decade emergency medical services around the...
By Brian Dolan August 20, 2009
This week 3M unveiled a stethoscope with a built-in Bluetooth radio that aims to enable physicians to detect heart murmurs and other afflictions by sending the data recorded by the device, sending it to a PC and amplifying the sound. The device is known as the Littmann 3200. 3M's previous attempts to move sound data from electronic stethoscope to computers used infrared technology to transmit the...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
A study set to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that mobile phone-based telemonitoring of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has the potential to reduce frequency and duration of heart failure hospitalizations. The study also included a caveat that ensuring elderly patients, in particular, could use the mobile phone-based service's user...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
The market for remote patient monitoring is set to achieve double digit growth in North America, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, so long as successful payment strategies are implemented. Last year the remote patient monitoring market made more than $98.2 million, but the market could top $428.6 million by 2015. Frost points to direct reimbursement as one type of payment...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 14 -- The implementation of successful payment strategies enables the North American home healthcare and disease management markets for remote patient monitoring to achieve double digit growth in the traditionally mature patient monitoring space. The single largest factor for growth in this highly mature market is the increasing incidence of cardiovascular disease (CD...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
One of the drivers often cited as an impetus for wireless healthcare is the shortage of primary care doctors. While there is no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a primary care doctor, some mobile health tools can act as "health coaches" that can help keep patients following their care regimens, which could result in fewer visits to their doctor's office. USA Today recently had a...

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