Chris Gullo

December 5, 2011
Jawbone's UP wristband As obesity increasingly becomes a worldwide epidemic, especially within children and adolescent populations, solutions to the problem are poised to become a major focus within mHealth. A handful of approaches were discussed during a panel, "Obesity, Diet, and Physical Activity," at the 2011 mHealth Summit held in Washington, D.C. this week, including a noteworthy study by...
December 5, 2011
The future of mHealth is bright, according to West Wireless Health Institute vice chairman Eric Topol, who spoke this week at the opening keynote of the 2011 mHealth Summit. "This is a most momentous moment in medicine," he told the gathered audience. Topol's keynote discussion included current wireless medical products as well as future speculation that will leverage genomics with biosensor data...
December 2, 2011
CareFusion released its Nicolet EEG (electroencephalography) Wireless Amplifier this week, a device that captures high-resolution brain wave data and transmits it wirelessly to a monitoring computer. The device received FDA 510(K) clearance this past April. The Nicolet (pronounced "nick-oh-lay") EEG Wireless Amplifier is a portable unit, intended for hospitals, clinics, emergency vehicles and in-...
December 2, 2011
An Israeli hospital has developed an app for iPads that provides staff, patients, and family members with real-time tracking of progress in catheterization and angioplasty procedures. The Invasive Cardiology Institute at Rabin Medical Center, located in the city Petech Tikvah in central Israel, will use iPads to enable the real-time tracking of the procedures. The app, which was codeveloped with...
December 1, 2011
HealthRally, a San Francisco-based startup that uses crowd-sourced financial incentives for fitness motivation, has raised $400,000 from prominent angel investors, according to a report at TechCrunch. Those investors include Esther Dyson, CEO of EDventure Holdings as well as Richard Sass, Ty Danco, Isy Goldwasser, and Jeff Thiel. HealthRally combines financial incentives and social networking by...
December 1, 2011
Affectiva released the second generation of its Q Sensor this week, a wearable wireless biosensor that measures emotional arousal (excitement, anxiety, and calm) via skin conductance, as well as temperature and movement. The Q Sensor 2.0 adds Bluetooth functionality and the ability for its real-time emotion data to integrate with third-party mobile apps. The Q Sensor 2.0 lists for $2,000,...
November 30, 2011
Touchscreen devices will never catch up to the speed of typing on keyboards, but speech recognition technology can help such devices bridge that gap. That's the mindset of Nuance's Jonathon Dreyer, senior manager of mobile solutions marketing at the company's healthcare division: "I definitely think voice will be the primary form of input into these mobile devices," Dreyer told MobiHealthNews...
November 30, 2011
GE Healthcare's Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 app received FDA (510k) clearance this week, the company announced in a press release. The mobile imaging application is a free download for Apple iOS devices and is cleared for remote viewing of computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams. Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 accesses images and reports from the Centricity PACS (...
November 29, 2011
Proventix's ZigBee-powered, RFID-enabled nGage hand hygiene system has recorded over 4 million hand cleanings in the United States since its release, according to the company. Hospitals using the system had an average 105.6 percent increase in hand hygiene solution dispenses and a decrease in healthcare associated infections (HAI) by more than 24 percent. The Proventix nGage system monitors hand...
November 29, 2011
Aetna plans to launch a handful of new apps within the next few weeks that allow members traveling internationally find nearby doctors, hospitals and other health care providers based on their GPS location, according to a company press release. However, one app has already been released: Aetna Shanghai Provider Directory launched in October for iOS and Android. The free app uses the phone's GPS...