Mobile app helps autistic children communicate

Proloquo2GoHeavy, expensive and huge text-to-speech machines may be a thing of the past for parents of autistic children or for families caring for a loved one with Lou Gehrig's Disease, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, ALS or who had suffered through a stroke. Mobile health applications are set to disintermediate the bulky text-to-speech machine market, according to a report in USA Today.

X Prize: Giving Health Reform a Rocket Boost

The X Prize Foundation has set its sights on healthcare reform  and has launched a $10 million Healthcare X Prize competition to spur innovation from global health innovators. The overall aim of the competition is to increase health care value by 50 percent in a 10,000 person community over a three year period. As we have heard from a number of wireless health thought leaders, remote monitoring and mobile applications could play a big role in achieving the X Prize's vision. 

Analyst: ARRA has "potential goldmines" for wireless carriers

SenateAccording to a recent ABI report, the U.S. stimulus bill, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains "potential goldmines" worth up to $6.8 billion for wireless equipment vendors, infrastructure providers and wireless service providers. According to ABI, healthcare is one of the key verticals that will benefit from ARRA's spending on wireless. 

Jitterbug issues "safety notice" about recalled Samsung phones

Yesterday we reported on the voluntary recall that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced for some 160,000 Samsung "Jitterbug" phones sold between March 2008 and May 2009. Some of the phones could potentially fail to connect to 911 services when in an out-of-service area. While the setback is a substantial one for the closely held mobile service for seniors, the company is working with Samsung to update the affected phones software and fix the problem. 

AT&T, TI team up for wireless balance-sensing

"A lot of this is old technology," Bob Miller, executive director of AT&T's communications-technology research department, told the Dallas Morning News. "But we're putting it together in ways that will help millions of people live dramatically better lives." 

Miller and his team are looking at ways to connect thermometers, scales, blood pressure cuffs and other "old technology" along with wireless radios to leverage WiFi networks and Bluetooth interoperability for connected medical devices. 

Jitterbug phone recalled for 911 failure

Jitterbug phoneGreatCall's Jitterbug service just had a major setback -- the easy-to-use mobile phone service makes use of one phone, the Samsung "Jitterbug" and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Samsung "Jitterbug" phones sold between March 2008 and May 2009. That makes for a voluntary recall of some 160,000 Jitterbug phones.