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By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
Here's a recent TED talk that's been making the rounds thanks to a pick-up by MedGadget. In this presentation Eric Giler explains how a "near-to-market" technology coming out of MIT could truly enable a wireless future by unplugging the last plug: electricity. Giler's start-up, WiTricity, hopes to recharge mobile phones, cars and even pacemakers in the near future. Wireless electricity could...
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
Highmark Medicare Services (HMS) confirmed with remote monitoring service provider CardioNet that the reduced reimbursement rate for mobile cardiovascular technology will become effective today, September 1, 2009. The new rate is $754 per service and that represents a 33 percent reduction from the $1,123 reimbursement rate the service has retained all year. "We are very disappointed at HMS'...
By Brian Dolan August 31, 2009
Ed Zander, the former CEO and chairman of Motorola, has joined healthcare-focused real-time location systems (RTLS) company Awarepoint as a member of its board of directors. Awarepoint's RTLS solution is ZigBee-based. Zander was the CEO and chairman at Motorola for about four years before resigning in late 2007 to spend more time with his family. Upon resigning from Motorola, Zander remarked that...
By Brian Dolan August 31, 2009
Continua teams with IHE Continua has teamed up with the IHE to work on "standards harmonization" for device interoperability. Continua's Executive Director Rick Cnossen: "The Continua Health Alliance appreciates the opportunity HITSP has afforded to work with IHE to provide a harmonized approach for the Remote Patient Monitoring Use Case with an open architecture, international, standards-based...
By Brian Dolan August 31, 2009
New England-based health plan Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced plans to pilot a medication adherence study that makes use of MedMinder Systems' wireless-enabled pillbox.  The randomized controlled study, which is set to begin in early September, aims to determine how effective MedMinder's system is on a population of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD affects 26 million...
By Brian Dolan August 28, 2009
The West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol and Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs were just featured on CNBC in a clip about Internet users increasingly accessing the Web from mobile devices. Of course, the conversation quickly changed gears to focus on wireless healthcare: "I liken it to the fact that when you have your cell phone with you all the time you feel connected to your friends and...
By Brian Dolan August 28, 2009
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced a plan to examine the mobile phone industry in an effort to determine ways that the agency can spur innovation and competition in the industry. The FCC highlighted four key markets ripe for wireless innovation: health care, energy, education and public safety and is seeking comments on how it can best go about facilitating innovation...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2009
BL Healthcare scooped up $3 million of a planned $5 million investment round, according to Mass High Tech. The company secured the money  through the placement of preferred stock and warrants but the funders remain undisclosed. BL Healthcare developed a platform called TVx, which receives a patient's health information from various Bluetooth-enabled wireless devices in the home and displays the...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2009
GreatCall, parent company to Jitterbug, the easy-to-use mobile phone service for seniors, will now be offering its service over Verizon Wireless' network, which gives Jitterbug nationwide coverage as well as access to location-based technologies. Those could come in handy for the "Jitterbug Services Store." Jitterbug wants to keep their phones' data connectivity invisible to its customer base....
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2009
Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless have officially named their machine-to-machine joint venture, nPhase, after the M2M company Qualcomm acquired a few years ago. While the new JV will certainly include healthcare applications, it also has telematics, smart grids and other key M2M markets within its focus. nPhase could become a key driver of Qualcomm's healthcare initiatives. While on the subject of...

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