$100 iShoe due out next year

Remember the iShoe? Last summer a NASA intern and MIT graduate student invented an insole with sensors that monitored and transmitted information about a person's balance, which provided for an early warning system before someone falls. At the time iShoe was in a pilot phase with about 60 trial users, but now, according to OhioHealth, which is testing the technology, iShoe will commercially launch next year. Price tag? $100. Better yet, OhioHealth reports it should be covered by most insurance companies.

Surgical pathology images on the iPhone?

Lab Soft News, a blog presented by the Pathology Education Consortium (PEC), which describes the publication as an "Idea Factory for Pathology Informatics and the Clinical Laborator" has a lengthy post on the popularity of the iPhone's camera. PEC's president, Bruce Friedman MD wrote that the iPhone's camera is ranked as the fifth most popular one used to upload photos to the very popular Flickr service.

Microsoft's HealthVault highlights AllOne Mobile

allonephoneLooks like Microsoft is finally gearing up to promote AllOne Mobile's platform, which makes the company's PHR HealthVault available on mobile phones. To date the companies have worked together to bring the PHR mobile, but Microsoft has done little to promote the partnership, assumedly because AllOne Mobile isn't going to be the only vendor to take HealthVault mobile.

Nancy-Ann DeParle named "health czar"

DeParlePresident Obama has named Clinton Administration vet Nancy-Ann DeParle to the post of Director of the White House Office for Health Reform. The position is commonly referred to as the "health czar," which Obama's first pick for HHS secretary (and health czar) Tom Daschle coined. Obama also publicly confirmed reports that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will lead the HHS.