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By Brian Dolan March 27, 2009
This past week Sensium, the Zigbee Alliance, ANT+, Bluetooth Low Energy, BodyLAN (used in Nike+) and Z-Wave each presented their short range wireless technologies to the Continua Health Alliance at a summit in Barcelona, Spain. The technologies are candidates for the radio technologies selections that the Alliance is making for its Version 2 guidelines. Continua is looking to add guidelines for...
By Brian Dolan March 26, 2009
Korea-based mintpass announced plans to bring its super-compact mintpad touchscreen device, called the mintpad, to the US. The device is bigger than an iPhone but much smaller than tablets, like those based on Intel's mobile clinical assistant design spec. The mintpad weighs just 90 grams and has a 2.86-inch display, handwriting recognition software, WiFi b/g and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Last...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
John Maschenic, Associate Director, Vertical Data Sales, Verizon Wireless has been responsible for the company's enterprise data sales organization for the last seven years and has focused on healthcare since 2005. Since much of the discussion currently underway in the mHealth industry has been focused on application development, hospital uptake of mHealth services, and mobile phone capabilities...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
Microsoft recently announced that HealthVault will soon be connected to some ANT+ wireless devices. ANT+ is an alternative short range wireless technology (some might argue a Bluetooth competitor) that is used to connect many wellness and fitness devices, including some made by Garmin, to handheld devices. The ANT+ technology is a product of ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations.  "...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2009
One of the first start-ups we interviewed earlier this year, Zume Life is set to officially launch its personal health management system for consumers that have complex health regimens, including those with multiple chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, depression, autoimmune diseases, cancer, obesity, etc.)-to help them manage their daily, ongoing self-care tasks by making it easy to...
By Brian Dolan March 23, 2009
Intel's Chairman, Craig Barrett, knows a thing or two about healthcare. Partly because he and his wife provide health insurance for the 75 people who work at the resort they personally own. Partly because he's the chairman of one of the biggest company's in the technology business. And partly because he owns horses. "I have horses who have their own electronic medical records and better health...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2009
After this week's big announcement from Apple that the iPhone will soon be able to connect to medical devices via Bluetooth, we thought it'd be a good idea to check-in with the Continua Health Alliance, which is working to ensure interoperability for connected personal medical devices. Earlier today, mobihealthnews caught up with Continua Health Alliance President David Whitlinger to discuss the...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2009
Speech recognition company Nuance announced its Dragon Medical 10 solution, which it claims is both 20 percent more accurate and nearly twice as fast as its last offering. The latest software is available in the UK and Ireland to start. New features include medical vocabularies, hidden mode, extended mobile dictation support, and advanced voice shortcuts and templates. Big news from New Hampshire...
By Brian Dolan March 18, 2009
Following up on yesterday's top story: Apple's iPhone 3.0 update, which included a number of mHealth implications, we caught up with LifeScan's Director of Communications Dave Detmers today. Detmers discussed the company's demo at Apple's event yesterday and fleshed out the background story on its Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor that synchs up with the iPhone 3.0 OS. LifeScan is a Johnson...
By Brian Dolan March 17, 2009
As I predicted last week, Apple announced this afternoon new features of the iPhone OS 3.0 platform that will enable a new host of mobile health applications, devices and services. Today's event at Apple's headquarters included speakers from LifeScan, a Johnson&Johnson company, as well as advanced functionality for connecting accessories like medical devices via USB and Bluetooth (Continua,...

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