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By Brian Dolan February 8, 2010
Strategies for mHealth Companies Wishing to Avoid FDA Regulation By Bradley Merrill Thompson (I would like to thank Leah Kendall of EpsteinBeckerGreen and Dane Stout of the Anson Group for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to anyone else.) Most people know the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax...
By Brian Dolan February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2010
Text4Baby, a free mHealth service that "provides timely and expert health information through SMS text messages to pregnant women and new moms through their babies' first year," has officially launched today, White House Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra announced during a plenary session at the National Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C. "I am very proud to announce that the US...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2010
WASHINGTON, Feb. 4  -- The Federal Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Aneesh Chopra announced today the launch of text4baby – an unprecedented mobile health public-private partnership – designed to promote maternal and child health among underserved women. Text4baby – the first-ever free mobile health service in the...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2010
It's a simple question: Do mobile health tools require a doctor's prescription? Or will the main driver for mHealth services bubble up from consumers and patients largely without care providers weighing in? Throughout the keynote sessions at the mHealth Initiative's event in Washington D.C. this week, the focus was squarely on care providers' adoption of mobile technologies, their integration to...
By Eric Wicklund February 3, 2010
Thomson Reuters is beefing up the support side of its decision support tool with the release of Micromedex 2.0. The clinical information software solution contains evidence-based information on drugs, disease management, toxicology, neonatal dosing, alternative medicines and patient education and is used by more than 3,500 hospitals in 83 countries. Officials at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2010
"Text messages -- SMS -- Can you create powerful content in 140 characters or less?" mDhil's founder Nandu Madhava asked during his presentation at the mHI event in Washington D.C. "My answer: Yes. Look at Twitter. Basic texts are not only for creating information, but also for creating change. I launched our service in March 2009 and we now 150,000 paid users have accessed our content. Do you...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2010
AT&T Industry Solutions Practice Manager for Healthcare John Hamilton and Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager for Mobility Product Management Tammi DeVore provided details on hospital wide launches of iPhones at four care facilities in North America: Doylestown Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; and Mt. Sinai Medical Center (in Toronto, Canada). While we have written about each of these...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2010
We reported earlier this week that Houston, TX-based wireless cardiac monitoring startup, eCardio had monitored about 20,000 patients to date. Today, CardioNet, one of the first wireless cardiac companies to go to market has announced that it just passed 300,000 patients monitored by its Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) service. “With 300,000 patients having now benefited from our MCOT...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2010
Last year Washington DC-based George Washington Medical Center teamed up with WellDoc and Medicaid PPO clinic, Chartered Health Family Clinic to determine the efficacy of an intensive mobile phone based program for Medicaid patients with diabetes. The program is currently underway. "I was told if we could get this to work with this population, we could probably do it anywhere," Dr. Richard Katz...

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