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By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
If your smartphone has a compass built-in, a camera and GPS, then it may soon offer "augmented reality" applications, which overlay information onto the phone's screen while the camera is being pointed at a particular object or location. A Wikipedia article may pop up if the phone is pointed at the Washington Monument. A link to a person's Facebook page may appear when the phone's camera is...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Last month I outlined the triggers that could cause an ordinary mobile phone to become an FDA-regulated medical mobile phone. This month, in the second of six planned articles, I will outline the FDA requirements that would apply to a mobile phone that crosses that line. To summarize the July 13 article on "FDA may regulate...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...
By Brian Dolan August 22, 2009
Band-Aid-like painless patch with "microneedles": Researchers have designed Band-Aid-like "painless" patches that they hope will one day replace the procedure for getting a shot. The patches are lined with tiny "microneedles" that the researchers believe could change how we manage diabetes as well as a number of other diseases. The patches are supposedly "safer, more effective and less painful,"...
By Brian Dolan August 22, 2009
It's a common and very relevant pushback for wireless health: Not everyone has a smartphone. While there are plenty of solutions that do not require a smartphone, clearly health management tools are far richer when a smartphone platform is in play. RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates that by the end of 2011 -- just two years from now -- worldwide smartphone sales will pass worldwide PC sales. The...
By Brian Dolan August 21, 2009
By David Doherty Forget about remote monitoring, wearable sensors, NFC/RFID, smartphones, software apps, GPS, mEHR's, video messaging, 3G video calling and SMS. These are part of a wave that is without a doubt advancing, but the evidence of successful mHealth applications can already be found throughout the healthcare system: Urgent Care: For over a decade emergency medical services around the...
By Brian Dolan August 20, 2009
This week 3M unveiled a stethoscope with a built-in Bluetooth radio that aims to enable physicians to detect heart murmurs and other afflictions by sending the data recorded by the device, sending it to a PC and amplifying the sound. The device is known as the Littmann 3200. 3M's previous attempts to move sound data from electronic stethoscope to computers used infrared technology to transmit the...
By Brian Dolan August 20, 2009
In the fall of 2004, news broke that Best Buy planned to launch a new chain of retail stores, called Eq-Life, that targeted middle-age women shoppers. Eq-Life would help them access technology and resources to manage their family's health. At the time, a Best Buy spokeswoman said that Eq-Life was serving an "uncharted industry." After about 18 months of lackluster sales at the original...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
A study set to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that mobile phone-based telemonitoring of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has the potential to reduce frequency and duration of heart failure hospitalizations. The study also included a caveat that ensuring elderly patients, in particular, could use the mobile phone-based service's user...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2009
Wireless devices that monitor patients' conditions and report the data to healthcare providers will show a 77 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that will create global revenues of $950 million by 2014, according to a recent report from ABI Research. "Hospitals and other healthcare providers are being economically squeezed," ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt said in a statement. "...

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