Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 02:11 pmSeptember 9, 2015
Since its invention, the wristwatch has been used to time a pregnant mother's contractions. Now Apple is using its high-tech smartwatch to instantly connect the mother-to-be to her doctor. The Sense4Baby app, adapted for the new Apple Watch OS2 through a partnership with AirStrip, was the healthcare highlight of Wednesday's big Apple reveal. One of some 10,000 apps now available through the Apple...
By Eric Wicklund 09:41 amSeptember 9, 2015
A contact-free sensor system placed under a mattress to monitor continuous vital signs has proven its value to the Veterans Administration, which tested the solution on more than 1,000 patients with spinal injuries. The EarlySense Monitoring System was used for a year on 1,150 chronically ill veterans with spinal cord injuries at a VA Spinal Cord Injury Center (SCI). According to VA officials,...
By Eric Wicklund 09:53 amSeptember 8, 2015
As the Internet of Things moves into healthcare, activating smart devices throughout the hospital and clinic and mobile devices carried by clinicians, consumers and even administrators, securing those devices against data breaches – either accidental or deliberate – is a priority. There's no shortage of firms that have cut their teeth on the banking and retail sectors who are now targeting...
By Eric Wicklund 01:51 pmSeptember 4, 2015
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled CPT code 99490 this past year, it was hailed as a first step in reimbursing providers for the use of telemedicine in chronic care management. But are they taking advantage of this code? "I think most physicians are missing it," said Michelle McKamy, a licensed clinician and director of special projects for SmartCCM. "They're finding...
By Eric Wicklund 09:49 amSeptember 4, 2015
BlackBerry is expanding further into the Internet of Things. The Canadian company has announced the acquisition of Good Technology, a California-based developer of secure mobility solutions with a portfolio that includes mobile device management, unified monitoring, app management and analytics.  Both companies have significant play in healthcare. The partnership is expected to create an...
By Eric Wicklund 10:22 amSeptember 3, 2015
It's been said that mHealth technology will someday render the stethoscope obsolete. One Silicon Valley startup begs to differ. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just classified the Eko Core digital stethoscope as a Class II medical device, paving the way for UC Berkeley-based Eko Devices to market an updated version of the time-honored doctor's aide. Company co-founder and chief...
By Eric Wicklund 09:20 amSeptember 3, 2015
Hawaii officials are rolling out a teledermatology program for some of the state's underserved residents, improving access to healthcare in a state known for its high rate of skin cancer and access issues. UnitedHealthcare, which covers more than 230,000 residents with a network of 23 hospitals and almost 6,000 care providers, has announced that residents enrolled in the state's Medicaid plan can...
By Eric Wicklund 10:16 amSeptember 2, 2015
Salesforce has joined the ranks of companies looking to make the electronic health record a platform for consumer health data. The San Francisco-based software-as-a-service giant has announced the launch of the Salesforce Health Cloud, a platform designed to collect not only clinical data, but data from home-based medical devices and wearables. "What gets measured gets improved," Joshua Newman,...
By Eric Wicklund 09:04 amSeptember 2, 2015
Smartphone-based care coordination platforms have gone mainstream in healthcare. That's the opinion of Trey Lauderdale, founder and CEO of Voalte, who says his customers are no longer trend-setters and innovators in the mHealth space, but large, established, multi-hospital health systems that are dumping their legacy networks and looking for an all-inclusive platform. For proof, Lauderdale points...
By Eric Wicklund 09:57 amSeptember 1, 2015
That old-fashioned method of measuring a child's height against the pantry door is getting an mHealth makeover in Wales. The Aneuran Bevan University Health Board, which operates five sites and covers some 693,000 people (about 21 percent of the population of Wales), recently launched a web-based system that allows providers to create an online growth chart for children, which can then be shared...