WWHI $10K sensor contest, more mHealth news

By Brian Dolan
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Corventis PiiX Sensor$10K for sensor-enabled mobile health app: West Wireless Health Institute offers $10,000 to app developers that create a health app that leverages a wireless sensor: "Design a secure, standardizable mechanism that will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. For clarity, a 'mechanism' may include some or all of the following: networking and transport layers, protocols, interfaces, data presentation, and API." Deadline is September 15, 2010. The contest is part of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge.

Microskia's offering now called CelloPhone: "FrontlineSMS:Medic is also working to realize an innovative diagnostics tool called CelloPhone that when attached to a cameraphone could perform a blood count or even identify malaria and tuberculosis infections. Developed by Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s Group at UCLA, the CelloPhone keeps costs down by eliminating the need for lenses and instead images 'micro-scale shadows (or transmission holograms) [which] contain an extremely rich source of quantified information regarding the spatial features of the micro-object of interest.' A community health worker with a CelloPhone would be able to upload the image for analysis and receive the diagnosis all within a matter of minutes." The TechChange Blog ("Cello" pronounced like the instrument?)

More on FDA-WellDoc: "The more clarity the FDA offers in the area of mobile applications for health, the more investors will back these important new products and services and the sooner patients and health consumers will be empowered by these tools," Jane Sarasohn-Kahn wrote along with thoughts on the importance of WellDoc's recent FDA clearance. Health Populi

Japan's oldest are missing: Amid public outcry, the Japanese government has been unable to find more than 281 Japanese who had been listed in records as 100 years old or older, according to this New York Times report.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the future of Android, wireless and Internet: "Says Mr. Schmidt, a generation of powerful handheld devices is just around the corner that will be adept at surprising you with information that you didn't know you wanted to know." The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)

Which is more secure: Apple iOS or Google Android? PCWorld

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