USC aims to become epicenter of wireless health

By Brian Dolan

PRESS RELEASE -- The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) has announced 17 founding members of the CBC. The members will support wireless health research and innovation, and help develop product prototypes. The sponsoring companies, from startups to large corporations, come from all corners of the globe.

"We are establishing the University of Southern California as the epicenter of wireless health," said Leslie A. Saxon, M.D., the executive director of the CBC, which was established late last year. "Our founding members are a critical part of the Center for Body Computing. We are jointly creating product prototypes and economic models for wireless health. We believe wireless medicine has the potential to help millions, if not billions, of people. Wireless health solutions can democratize medicine by breaking down the barriers between health care providers and patients, leading to faster and more cost-effective cures, and increased access to health solutions for people worldwide."

"Medical science has evolved tremendously in recent years but the model of medical care delivery has in many ways stayed the same," said Saxon. "Health care will soon be radically changed by wireless technology, which has the potential to enhance the patient experience and improve health care outcomes."

The Center for Body Computing works with other USC schools, including the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Marshall School of Business, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to think about, study and create the future of wireless medicine.

The founding members of the CBC include:

AgaMatrix, based near Boston, is a mobile health and diabetes technology company that invented and commercialized the first in vitro diagnostic medical device and software development kit for Apple's iOS platform.

AirStrip Technologies, a software development company located in San Antonio, Texas, whose FDA cleared products include AirStrip Cardiology which delivers wireless transmission of critical patient data to smartphone devices such as iPhones.

Apollo Health Resources, the largest private health care chain in Asia and the third largest private hospital chain in the world.

Avery Dennison Medical Solutions, a global leader in technologies for medical applications headquartered in Chicago.

Ayogo Games, Inc., an award-winning Vancouver-based studio that creates serious games for the web, social networks, and smartphones.

Boston Scientific Corporation, a global medical device company, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, which offers technologies which allow cardiologists to remotely follow and communicate with patients who have Boston Scientific implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices., a Demand Media property based in Los Angeles, is an online destination for topics spanning health, food, home, family, style, money, and more.

Impact Sports Technologies, a Colorado-based company that creates technologies for the sports and fitness markets.

Independa Inc., a San Diego-based company that provides an integrated telecare platform to help family and professional caregivers enable their loved ones and patients to continue living at home longer, more safely and more comfortably.

Karten Design, a Los Angeles-based product innovation consultancy that partners with medical and consumer electronics companies to commercialize new technology, using design research, industrial design and engineering to develop products that create positive experiences for people.

Massive Health, Inc., a San Francisco company focused on developing patient-centered tools for behavior change and to treat and manage chronic disease.

Medtronic, Inc., one of the world's largest medical technology companies based in Minneapolis, Minn.

Proteus Biomedical, a Redwood City, Calif. company that is pioneering intelligent medicine, an emerging field of advanced therapeutics that integrates in-body computer, sensor and communications technologies into existing pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products.

Sotera Wireless, Inc. a San Diego based medical device company focused on providing innovative technologies to detect patient deterioration by wireless monitoring in clinics, hospitals, and the home.

St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.

The Sexton Company, a Los Angeles- and New York-based strategic consulting firm that repositions and expands brands into better versions of themselves by emphasizing social responsibility. Its clients include large health systems, major public utilities, professional sports teams, media companies, technology firms, global advertising agencies, and non-profits.

Zephyr Technology Corporation, a privately owned company based in Maryland that specializes in remote monitoring of physiology and biomechanics including development of smart fabric physiological sensors for automatic assessment of stress, wellness, medical triage, and remote physiological sensing using smart phones and web services.

The CBC initiatives include work with the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the USC Marshall School of Business to study how mobile phones can be used in the prevention of illnesses and epidemics; studying the role of social media in health care; medical research (Dr. Saxon recently authored a ground-breaking study which followed more than 100,000 patients across the United States and found increased survival rates among remotely monitored patients with wireless-enabled devices); sports (the National Football League Charities has given a grant to the CBC to study the dynamic heart rate in NFL and USC football players); app development (the CBC works with various medical and non-medical companies, to develop wellness and other wireless health applications for disease prevention and wellness as well as for chronic diseases that require continuous management); and conferences and seminars.

The CBC will host the 5th annual USC Body Computing Conference on Sept. 22-23, 2011.

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