Department of Defense

By Heather Mack January 4, 2017
The United States Department of Defense has tapped healthcare communication company Vocera Communications to deploy San Jose, California-based Vocera’s system in the Army’s Medical Command facilities around the world. The $14 million contract – Vocera’s largest to date – will equip Army care team members with the company’s wireless, hands-free clinical communications platform in 23 facilities....
By Heather Mack January 4, 2017
It’s been a busy week for Fitbit. The San Francisco-based wearable company announced four different partnerships, three of which are integrations with the Works with Fitbit ecosystem. Habit, the Campbell’s Soup-backed personalized nutrition startup that uses data from genetic tests and individual’s health and fitness goals to create tailored diet and exercise plans, will now incorporate Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock October 25, 2016
The American Medical Association spent some portion of the $3.87 million it spent on lobbying this quarter trying to kill part of a telemedicine provision in a Senate bill, as did the American Association of Family Physicians, which spent a total of $1.46 million. Politico broke the news. The bill in question, S-2943, is a lengthy appropriations bill for the Department of Defense. In section 705...
By Aditi Pai April 7, 2016
The US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) have awarded McKesson a $139 million, five-year service contract with RelayHealth, McKesson’s patient engagement and secure messaging business. “We are honored to continue supporting the DHA in their readiness mission, which is to ensure a medically ready force and ready medical force,” RelayHealth SVP Ken Tarkoff said in a...
By Jonah Comstock September 1, 2015
Pictured above: A device from Cambridge-based MC10, a company focused on flexible electronics. The US Department of Defense is making a big bet on flexible electronics, an area of technology with close ties to mobile health. The DoD announced last week that it will invest $75 million in a public-private partnership called the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics,...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2015
The US Department of Defense may soon start using smartphone-based diagnosis tools to detect traumatic brain injuries in soldiers on the battlefield. According to a post on its "Armed with Science" blog, the DoD is working with Bethesda, Maryland-based BrainScope to put its FDA-cleared Ahead 200 device into action. Currently, it takes a CT scan to definitively establish the presence of a...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2014
A recent survey of 150 federal government executives working in the healthcare space found that just shy of 60 percent of them think their agency's mission objectives will depend on successfully using big data in five years. The study, conducted by public-private partnership MeriTalk and underwritten by the EMC Corporation, found federal government workers saying big data would help them in...
By Neil Versel October 17, 2013
A company with a background in emergency alerts and crisis communications is entering the commercial healthcare market by adapting a system previously designed for government operations and by introducing a safety app for home health workers. AtHoc, of San Mateo, California, this week launched AtHoc Home Care Alerts, a system for monitoring the whereabouts and safety of home caregivers and the...
By Aditi Pai September 22, 2013
Crohnology.com This week in digital health, Farzad Mostashari told MobiHealthNews that he would prefer that the Food and Drug Administration unilaterally issue a long-anticipated final guidance on mobile medical apps rather than waiting for inter-agency consensus, Healthbox announced its first Nashville class, and fitness equipment maker Precor launched a new developer portal for its open API...
By Jonah Comstock February 4, 2013
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), an agency of the Department of Defense, has been introducing online and mobile health tools for people in the military, veterans, and their families since 2008. Their newest offering, BioZen, is an effort to get ahead of the trend of personal sensors and provide a free mobile tool to help people use those sensors to improve their health...