Consumer

By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
GE Healthcare and GE's technology development arm, Global Research, announced an initiative focused on developing body sensor networks (BSNs) that will "collect critical patient-specific information." Examples of the types of vitals and biometrics GE plans to develop sensors for include temperature, pulse-oximetry, blood glucose levels, electrocardiogram readings, blood pressure levels and...
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
In what would represent an important step forward in revolutionizing the way patients are monitored in the future, GE announced an initiative aimed to develop wireless medical monitoring systems, or body sensor networks (BSN), which would replace the traditional tangle of bedside cables used to capture a patient's vital signs. GE's vision for the systems would enable wireless monitoring from...
By Brian Dolan August 31, 2009
Ed Zander, the former CEO and chairman of Motorola, has joined healthcare-focused real-time location systems (RTLS) company Awarepoint as a member of its board of directors. Awarepoint's RTLS solution is ZigBee-based. Zander was the CEO and chairman at Motorola for about four years before resigning in late 2007 to spend more time with his family. Upon resigning from Motorola, Zander remarked that...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2009
GreatCall, parent company to Jitterbug, the easy-to-use mobile phone service for seniors, will now be offering its service over Verizon Wireless' network, which gives Jitterbug nationwide coverage as well as access to location-based technologies. Those could come in handy for the "Jitterbug Services Store." Jitterbug wants to keep their phones' data connectivity invisible to its customer base....
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2009
Qualcomm 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...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
If your smartphone has a compass built-in, a camera and GPS, then it may soon offer "augmented reality" applications, which overlay information onto the phone's screen while the camera is being pointed at a particular object or location. A Wikipedia article may pop up if the phone is pointed at the Washington Monument. A link to a person's Facebook page may appear when the phone's camera is...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2009
Diabetes app usage metrics: MYLEstone Health, developer of the Glucose Buddy iPhone app, has added a real-time tracking feature to its application for diabetes management. The service has clocked almost 400,000 user logs in the past 100 days. MYLEstone announced earlier this year that it had inked a deal with Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek to add its educational program to the Glucose Buddy...
By Brian Dolan August 22, 2009
Band-Aid-like painless patch with "microneedles": Researchers have designed Band-Aid-like "painless" patches that they hope will one day replace the procedure for getting a shot. The patches are lined with tiny "microneedles" that the researchers believe could change how we manage diabetes as well as a number of other diseases. The patches are supposedly "safer, more effective and less painful,"...
By Brian Dolan August 22, 2009
It's a common and very relevant pushback for wireless health: Not everyone has a smartphone. While there are plenty of solutions that do not require a smartphone, clearly health management tools are far richer when a smartphone platform is in play. RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates that by the end of 2011 -- just two years from now -- worldwide smartphone sales will pass worldwide PC sales. The...
By Brian Dolan August 21, 2009
By David Doherty Forget about remote monitoring, wearable sensors, NFC/RFID, smartphones, software apps, GPS, mEHR's, video messaging, 3G video calling and SMS. These are part of a wave that is without a doubt advancing, but the evidence of successful mHealth applications can already be found throughout the healthcare system: Urgent Care: For over a decade emergency medical services around the...