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By Brian Dolan September 29, 2009
This morning the United Nations Foundation appointed David Aylward as the first executive director of the mHealth Alliance, which is a partnership recently formed by the UN Foundation, The Vodafone Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation to support and advance mobile health initiatives in the developing world. In anticipation of the announcement, Mobihealthnews interviewed Aylward about his...
By Brian Dolan September 28, 2009
Last week the key stakeholders in the Text4Baby maternal health initiative met at the White House. The service, which plans to provide free tips to mothers three times a week before their baby's birth, includes reminders to take a multi-vitamin, to get a flu shot, and so on. After the birth, the mother is reminded about vaccinations, and other health issues. When it was originally announced in...
By Brian Dolan September 28, 2009
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a pilot that leverages text messaging to send information about the H1N1 (swine flu) and other health topics. The pilot is a three month long study that will also include feedback surveys from users to help the CDC better use the platform moving forward. Unfortunately, the pilot does not make use of free to end user text messages, so...
By Brian Dolan September 28, 2009
Matthew Holt from Health 2.0 recently interviewed the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra about his take on Health 2.0. Chopra is keynoting the Health 2.0 event in San Francisco next week. Chopra mentioned that he uses an iPhone application to track his eating habits: "I would begin with [President Obama] who has been absolutely clear that if we move our healthcare...
By Brian Dolan September 25, 2009
The market for home health monitoring of chronic diseases was worth about $11 billion last year, according to a report from Berg Insight. The analyst firm estimates that the market is growing about 10 percent annually. Berg estimates that some 300 million people in the EU and the US have at least one chronic disease that may benefit from home health monitoring. Of those 300 million people, Berg...
By Brian Dolan September 25, 2009
Qualcomm brings 3G wireless health services to rural China: "Qualcomm enthusiastically supports the Chinese government's commitment to rural informatization, improved medical services and the development of enhanced rural health care systems," said Jing Wang, executive VP of Qualcomm Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa. "We are pleased to be working with an innovator like Xi'an Kingtone to...
By Brian Dolan September 24, 2009
Changes for 510(k) in 2011? The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a review of its 510(k) review procedure, which has come under fire by both safety advocates and government watchdogs, the report said. The nonprofit Institute of Medicine will conduct the two-year review of the 510k procedure. More On managing de-centralized care: "There seems to exist almost an...
By Brian Dolan September 24, 2009
Nurses at the University of Minnesota Medical Center began using ASCOM "smartphones" about six months ago, according to a report on Fox News. While the handsets are note "smartphones" in the traditional sense, they do seem to cut down on the wait time it takes for nurses to answer patients' beckons since the handsets are always on the nurse's belt or around their neck. The handsets also integrate...
By Brian Dolan September 24, 2009
"It’s stupid of insurance companies to insist on an inferior device costing 10 times as much," Roger Ebert wrote in a letter to the Editor of the New York Times last week. Ebert, the famous film critic, was responding to a feature the Times had recently published about Medicare only covering dedicated text-to-speech devices, even though those devices are typically far more expensive than multi-...
By Brian Dolan September 23, 2009
Ed Zander's 15 years at Sun Microsystems culminated in 1999 when he became the company's President. In 2004 Zander joined Motorola as that company's CEO and Chairman until he stepped down early in 2008. Now, a year later, Zander has surfaced as a board member at ZigBee-enabled wireless asset tracking start-up Awarepoint, which focuses on healthcare facilities. With his attention turned to...

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