Chris Gullo

November 7, 2011
Research In Motion (RIM) is this year's recipient of the International Medical Corps' Global Impact award for aiding disaster-recovery efforts worldwide with its BlackBerry smartphone. The 2011 Annual Awards Celebration takes place in Los Angeles next week. International Medical Corps (IMC) is a non-profit organisation that provides first-response healthcare and medical assistance to areas...
November 7, 2011
A small FDA survey of nine hospitals found that the most popular use cases for RFID (radio frequency identification) technology are infusion pumps, portable monitors, wheelchairs, beds, and ventilators. Eight of the nine hospitals surveyed use RFID or RTLS (real time location services) technologies. These hospitals are part of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) MedSun...
November 5, 2011
Pagers for healthcare are going the way of the dodo, according to middleware healthcare device maker Amcom. MobiHealthNews recently spoke to Amcom president Chris Heim and mobile product manager Brian Edds about their company's place in the evolving mHealth industry. "When it comes to medical devices, input devices [oximeters, blood pressure monitors, glucometers, etc.] and output devices [...
November 4, 2011
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone released Jawbone UP this week, a continuously-worn wristband sensor that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns. The device retails for $99.99 and is available starting November 6 at retailers including Target, Apple Stores, and Best Buy. The UP band's sensors track steps walked, pace, calories burned, and active versus inactive time. Its sleep sensor tracks...
November 3, 2011
Every day dozens of new health-related apps make their way into the AppStore. This week we noticed about a half dozen health apps that we felt were worth highlighting, including the quiet launch of a video consultation app that has made a lot of noise pre-launch (more on that below). MobiHealthNews continues to track the growing number of apps available to both medical professionals and consumers...
November 2, 2011
Epocrates announced a major update to their chart topping drug reference app this week, including a customizable app directory and faster access to medical content. The updated app includes a customizable home screen for faster access to frequently used features, a new notification system, and, most notably, an App Directory. The App Directory allows users to download medical apps from within...
November 1, 2011
According to a new study conducted by textbook publisher Springer Publishing, 74.6 percent of nurses in the US use smartphones or tablets. Of those smartphone owners, 43.7 percent own an iPhone or iPod Touch, 29.8 percent an Android phone, and 22 percent an iPad. The survey was conducted in September 2011. Curiously, the number of respondents that said they owned a smartphone or tablet (821)...
November 1, 2011
Sensors for Medicine and Science (SMSI), which is developing an implantable glucose monitoring sensor, announced this week that it received $54.1 million in fourth round funding. Delphi Ventures led the investment, which also included contributions from return backers New Enterprise Associates (NEA), HealthCare Ventures, Anthem Capital and Greenspring Associates. The company plans to use the...
October 26, 2011
Researchers at the Swiss university Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)'s Embedded Systems and Telecommunications Circuits lab have developed a non-invasive wireless cardiac monitor powered by a smartphone. The prototype is intended to alert potential patients and their doctors to cardiac anomalies. The wireless body sensor network (WBSN) uses four sensors applied to the skin, as...
October 26, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week plans to acquires as many as 100,000 tablets, primarily for use by their medical clinicians staff, marking one of the largest such deployments by a civilian agency, according to a bulletin on the government's Federal Business Opportunities website. The VA is also seeking vendors to help them secure the devices. The VA plans to deploy a number...