Consumer

By Brian Dolan 06:33 am September 15, 2009
Canada's Globe and Mail has a feature on BlackBerry devices and applications driving innovation in healthcare both for healthcare workers and consumers alike. The feature includes a number of wireless health related predictions from Kevin Talbot, the co-managing partner for BlackBerry Partners Fund, a VC fund based in Toronto. “Smart sensors and smart bandages will monitor patient health and...
By Brian Dolan 06:49 am September 9, 2009
Wireless healthcare technology company Halo Monitoring has connected its personal health monitoring and alert system to Microsoft's online health data repository, HealthVault. Halo Monitoring unveiled its myHalo product at the beginning of 2009 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. myHalo "wirelessly transmits secure vital signs, activities of daily living, and critical event...
By Brian Dolan 04:48 pm September 8, 2009
BlackBerry's App World is now available online -- previously you needed a BlackBerry smartphone to review the applications available through the store -- and the number of health and medical related BlackBerry applications has also more than doubled since the App World launched earlier this year. There are now 85 in the Heath & Wellness category of BlackBerry applications. Within that...
By Brian Dolan 11:36 am September 3, 2009
ECG necklace presented at IEEE event: IMEC, an independent research center for nanoelectronics and nanotechnology, along with its affiliate center, the Holst Centre, presented a protoype electrocardiogram (ECG) necklace at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine + Biology Conference (EMBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) this week. IMEC said the technology will enable long-term monitoring of cardiac...
By Brian Dolan 04:23 am September 3, 2009
Late last week, Microsoft's HealthVault platform and personal health data repository, which the company loathes to call a personal health record (PHR), exited from "beta" status. ZDNet broke the news and received an explanation from Microsoft for the removal of the beta tag: "In order to make the migration out of Beta, Microsoft products need to meet a series of internal compliance requirements...
By Brian Dolan 02:28 pm September 2, 2009
"We took all the necessary precautions. Like, we really did. It wasn't like I was licking the handlebars of the bus or anything," she said. "I was hand sanitizing. I was being very careful. I don't know how this happened." Such were the sentiments of one frustrated college freshman after she contracted H1N1 during her first few days of being a student at the University of Kansas. As of this past...
By Brian Dolan 09:00 am September 2, 2009
The Center for Technology and Aging announced a $500,000 grant program for medication optimization, which includes adherence and related issues. The center is offering up to six one-year grants to organizations that propose programs that benefit older adults in California. One or two grants will be made available to those groups with programs in other areas, the center said. "Programs eligible...
By Brian Dolan 08:32 am September 2, 2009
One-Year Grants Designed to Identify Ways to Rapidly Spread Technologies That Can Reduce $290 Billion in Non-Adherence and $47 Billion in Drug-Related Hospitalizations Annually in U.S. OAKLAND, Calif. - The Center for Technology and Aging today released grant application guidelines for a $500,000 Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program. Up to six one-year grants will be made to...
By Brian Dolan 06:07 am September 2, 2009
Inc. Magazine recognized at least one wireless health-focused company as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by revenue. eCardio Diagnostics was ranked the 117th fastest growing company in the U.S. with $21.4 million in revenue for 2008 and three year sales growth of 1,424 percent. eCardio was the 11th fastest growing health-focused company in the country, according to the magazine....
By Brian Dolan 06:36 am 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...