By any other name...

By Brian Dolan
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Brian Dolan, Editor, MobiHealthNewsQualcomm and Verizon Wireless have officially named their machine-to-machine joint venture, nPhase, after the M2M company Qualcomm acquired a few years ago. While the new JV will certainly include healthcare applications, it also has telematics, smart grids and other key M2M markets within its focus. nPhase could become a key driver of Qualcomm's healthcare initiatives.

While on the subject of Verizon Wireless, the carrier recently certified Panasonic's Toughbook H1 tablet to run on its network. The H1 was designed -- with a few pointers from Intel -- to meet the needs of clinicians looking for a mobile device that fits their workflow. It's a definite upgrade from a COW, which, we hear are sometimes referred to as "dolphins." To compete, maybe Panasonic needs to pick an animal branding for the H1? If you have any suggestions, we can send them along.

The Mobihealthnews team recently had to brainstorm some names of its own, while putting together our first wireless healthcare event: Mobihealthnews Presents: Everywhere Healthcare. Rhyming has always been our strong suit. The caveat is, of course, that wireless healthcare is everywhere you can get a wireless signal. The event is co-located at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment in San Diego on October 8th. Our speaker line-up includes representatives from the Continua Health Alliance, Qualcomm, the American Telemedicine Association, MedApps, Dossia and AllOne Mobile among many others. We are also happy to count the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance, the West Wireless Health Institute and other groups among our strategic partners for the event. Everywhere Healthcare is open to all CTIA attendees, so be sure to let us know if you'll be stopping by!

There are a number of great events coming up in the next two months, so be sure to mark your calendars -- September: Medical Device Connectivity Conference & Exhibition in Boston; Duke University's Medical Innovation and Strategies Conference in Durham, North Carolina; The ATA's Mid-Year Meeting in Palm Springs. October: The Health 2.0 User-Generated Healthcare event in San Francisco; Mobihealthnews Presents: Everywhere Healthcare in San Diego; Partner's 6th Annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston; and, of course, TEDMED 2009 in San Diego... just to name a few.

Mobihealthnews will be at most of the events listed above and we'll be looking to meet innovative wireless healthcare companies with news and perspectives to share. If you'd like to set-up a meeting, send me a note. If you want to discuss sponsoring our event coverage, be sure to ping my colleague Joe Maillie.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, conference season is soon upon us.

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