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By Brian Dolan January 21, 2010
It's a widely known statistic that between one-third and one-half of patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed, which leads to poorer health, more frequent hospitalization, a higher risk of death and up to $290 billion each year in increased medical costs. Stacked against that figure, Novartis' recent $24 million investment in intelligent medicine / medication adherence...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
Vitality, developer of medication adherence device GlowCap, announced during a 2009 company wrap-up video that "four of the top pharmaceuticals companies have committed to distribute their medications for hypertension, transplants and diabetes in GlowCaps." Vitality's GlowCap offering is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a lid that uses...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
Wearable Information Networks (WIN) Human Recorder, a Japanese startup, just brought a wireless ECG sensor service to market, according to a report in Japanese news portal Nikkei. WIN's Human Recorder system collects data from a lightweight wireless sensor attached to the user's chest that transmits data wirelessly to a mobile phone or PC. The Human Recorder system is capable of measuring ECG...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
An NBC affiliate in Miami, Florida has a report about an American film producer, Dan Woolley, who was trapped in the ruins of a hotel in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti during last week's earthquake. Woolley used the light from his digital camera to examine his broken foot and head wound. He then used a medical application on his iPhone to look up how to dress his wounds, which included a broken foot and a...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
Rob Havasy, a business analyst at the Boston-based Center for Connected Health, which is a part of the Partners Healthcare group, penned a thoughtful column on the state of the mHealth market. Havasy's central point is that mobile health solutions need to be "meaningful" and "available" to all patients. That's certainly an ideal wireless health service providers should be working towards. Havasy...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
BBC covers text message reminders for epilepsy patients: The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), has begun offering a new service to help patients remember to take their meds through text message reminders. More Patent for handheld ECG: NewCardio secured a U.S. patent for 12-lead handheld ECG monitoring device, CardioBip: "Patients can carry the CardioBip with them and use it...
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 14 -- NewCardio, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: NWCI) a cardiac diagnostic technology provider, announced today that on January 12, 2010, it received notice of allowance for U.S. patent 7,647,093, titled "Apparatus and method for cordless recording and telecommunication transmission of three special ECG leads and their processing," from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office....
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. -- CardioNet, Inc., a leading wireless medical technology company with an initial focus on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias, announced today that Heather C. Getz has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Getz, who was previously Vice President of Finance at CardioNet, succeeds Marty P....
By Brian Dolan January 20, 2010
Here's an interesting twist for a smartphone application offering from a big brand: AccuWeather announced today the release of an iPhone application called WeatherMD, which helps users predict when symptoms their various medical conditions might be at their worst during the day because of weather. The app targets users with arthritis, asthma, migraines, allergies and sinus problems. WeatherMD,...
By Brian Dolan January 19, 2010
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis' Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. -- Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system -- last April. According to the company...

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