Chris Gullo

December 14, 2011
The El Camino Hospital in California launched its first mobile application, called Family Medical Officer (FMO), this week. The FMO app, which is free for Android and iOS devices, is a consumer-facing app intended for a household's family medical officer, or primary healthcare decision maker. The FMO app's features include wait times for El Camino Hospital's emergency rooms at its Mountain View,...
December 14, 2011
ChipCare CEO Rakesh Nayyar A team of Canadian researchers have invented a portable device for analyzing the blood of HIV patients that could greatly increase the speed and ease of HIV tracking in remote or developing areas, according to a report by the The Vancouver Sun. The device, a cell analyzer, includes a chip that provides blood test results within minutes and could allow healthcare...
December 14, 2011
Northern Arizona's Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) announced this week a collaboration with Qualcomm, Verizon, the NIH, and Zephyr Technology on a remote monitoring program for some of its patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The collaboration, called Care Beyond Walls and Wires, will use technology from each of the companies. The NIH is acting as an adviser. Flagstaff's program will...
December 13, 2011
As the end of 2011 approaches, online marketplaces are publishing the usual flurry of year-end lists compiled from the best 2011 had to offer. Apple is no exception. Its recently launched its annual "App Store Rewind 2011" section in iTunes. The lists include Apple's picks for the year's best overall games and apps for iOS devices: the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Ten of the apps listed below are...
December 12, 2011
Health games have the difficult task ahead of them to be fun, yet taken seriously by physicians, according to a panel held at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. last week. The panel, "The Evolution of Gaming and its Effect on Prevention and Wellness," included Dr Ravi Komatireddy (West Wireless Health Institute), Iana Simeonov (University of California, San Francisco), Debra Lieberman (...
December 12, 2011
GAIN Fitness raised $650k in seed funding this week, led by InterWest Partners, Keith Rabois, Ben Ling, Michael Tanne, Brent Hurley, Seraph Group and others. The company offers an in-app marketplace for personalized workouts designed by professional trainers. GAIN's free iOS and web application allows users to purchase personal fitness regimes from professional trainers. A major update to the app...
December 9, 2011
A Florida hospital has developed a system for wireless real-time monitoring and reprogramming of cardiac devices, including pacemakers and defibrillators, using an iPad. A doctor can suggest changes to a cardiac device's settings, then relay the information for a nurse in the hospital to execute using a touchscreen laptop. The apparent pitch: Save time and money by enabling specialty trained...
December 9, 2011
Raising venture capital for a startup mHealth company is a difficult but not-impossible task, according to a panel of investors and industry watchers who discussed the subject at this week's mHealth Summit. The "Raising Capital" panel focused on tips from investors intended for young companies that are seeking funding. The panel, which included Howard Burde (Howard Burde Health Law), Beth Cohen (...
December 9, 2011
In response to criticism, Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone announced this week that it has temporarily ceased production of its Jawbone UP continuously-worn wristband sensor and created a full refund program for current owners. Purchasers of the $99.99 UP device can receive a $109.43 cash refund or $150 in Jawbone store credit through a dedicated website, while still being able to keep their...
December 7, 2011
"We need to make healthcare more positive," US Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin told the audience at the mHealth Summit this week. Benjamin's keynote focused on her enthusiasm for mHealth as a key tool in preventive care. She also announced a new developer challenge sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): The Surgeon General's Health Apps Challenge. Benjamin told the...