Inc. Magazine recognized at least one wireless health-focused company as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by revenue. eCardio Diagnostics was ranked the 117th fastest growing company in the U.S. with $21.4 million in revenue for 2008 and three year sales growth of 1,424 percent.
GE Healthcare and GE's technology development arm, Global Research, announced an initiative focused on developing body sensor networks (BSNs) that will "collect critical patient-specific information." Examples of the types of vitals and biometrics GE plans to develop sensors for include temperature, pulse-oximetry, blood glucose levels, electrocardiogram readings, blood pressure levels and respiratory function.
In what would represent an important step forward in revolutionizing the way patients are monitored in the future, GE announced an initiative aimed to develop wireless medical monitoring systems, or body sensor networks (BSN), which would replace the traditional tangle of bedside cables used to capture a patient's vital signs. GE's vision for the systems would enable wireless monitoring from anywhere in the hospital-or even remotely from home.
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.
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.
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.
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 solution.
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 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:
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 in those areas.