Eric Wicklund

September 17, 2015
Teladoc's dispute with American Well over what it claims is a vague patent has been green-lighted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The PTO issued a 13-page report on Sept. 14 indicating Teladoc has a "reasonable likelihood" of winning the dispute, thereby sending the issue to trial sometime next year. This past March, Teladoc filed for a review of American Well's so-called 550 patent,...
September 16, 2015
Fitbit is fortifying its activity tracker in a bid to make it more palatable to healthcare providers. Company officials recently announced that its popular line of trackers is now HIPAA-certified, ensuring that data captured and stored meets the standards of protected health information in healthcare settings. This enables the company to work on wellness programs with HIPAA-covered organizations...
September 16, 2015
One unnamed healthcare provider's IT department thinks there are 60 cloud-based services in use throughout the campus. The actual number is 928. Sadly, that's an all-too-common problem. The emergence of The Cloud (capitalization intended) as a quick and easy place to share and store information is making it a popular place for innovation – and abuse. And since anyone can jump on Google, pay $20...
September 15, 2015
Philips has unveiled a new "connected digital health prototype" that's designed to help type 1 diabetics manage their health and connect with caregivers. The platform pulls in a number of high-profile partners, including Salesforce – which recently introduced its App Cloud platform – and Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) in the Netherlands, one of Europe's premier digital health...
September 15, 2015
Apple is trying to make the tablet cool again in healthcare circles, and it's calling on an Irish tech company for help. During Apple's Sept. 14 launch party, officials unveiled a new, larger iPad designed primarily for the enterprise market. The iPad Pro, described by Tim Cook as "the biggest news in iPad since the iPad," features a 12.9-inch viewing surface and 64-bit processor, among other...
September 14, 2015
athenahealth is getting into video visits. The Massachusetts-based EHR provider has announced a partnership with Chiron Health, and will soon be offering video telehealth services through its More Disruption Please program. [See also: Survey: Docs like video ] Andrew O'Hara, Chiron Health's founder and CEO, tells mHealth News that athenahealth is the first major distribution partner for the two-...
September 14, 2015
Qualcomm Life now has its sights set on devices in the hospital. The San Diego-based healthcare spinoff of Qualcomm, whose 2net hub gathers and organizes data from medical-grade devices in homes and other locations outside the healthcare setting, has acquired Capsule Technologie, whose focus is on gathering data from devices inside hospitals, clinics and other healthcare sites. [See also: The...
September 11, 2015
Trying to find the latest in digital health innovation? Don't bother checking out the traditional healthcare hubs like Boston, Los Angeles or Chicago. Look to areas where "advanced industries" like computer systems design, R&D and engineering services are thriving – places like California's Silicon Valley, San Antonio, Nashville and St. Louis, for starters. That's where the innovation – and...
September 10, 2015
To Kyra Bobinet, MD, all the vital signs, test results, images and EHR data in the world doesn't really tell doctors how to treat patients. "That's not real life," she says. "That's not how to care for people." In other words, that's not engagement. But that is where healthcare is failing to connect with consumers. As CEO of the behavior design firm engagedIN and a consulting faculty member on...
September 10, 2015
IBM has announced new partnerships and digital health solutions and a new home base for its Watson Health program as it seeks to make cognitive computing and big data a mainstay in the healthcare landscape. The company is opening a global headquarters for IBM Watson Health in Cambridge, Mass., and will be working with Boston Children's Hospital, Columbia University, Sage Bionetworks, Teva...