July 21, 2009
A recent survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 73 percent of consumers would use biometric electronic remote monitoring services to track their condition and vital signs -- a key metric for determining interest in many wireless health services. The PwC report had a number of other interesting metrics:
"More than half of people who went to a hospital emergency department in the past year...
July 20, 2009
BiancaMed, a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of monitoring technology for sleep apnea diagnosis and other sleep or breathing related conditions, has raised €6 million ($9.8 million) in its second round of venture capital. The company's technology includes contact-free wireless sensors for heart rate and breathing.
Seventure Partners led the latest investment round with return investors ePlanet,...
July 16, 2009
Intel Health Guide Enables Personalized Care Management at Home Through Video Conferencing, Vital Signs Collection, and Customizable Content
SANTA CLARA, Calif.–Intel Corporation today announced additional connectivity options along with new customers for the Intel Health Guide, reflecting increased momentum for Intel’s next-generation remote patient monitoring solution.
In order to give payers...
July 16, 2009
Cisco, UnitedHealth ramp up remote doctor visits: Insurance company UnitedHealth said it will use Cisco's HealthPresence in a nationwide program to enable doctors to treat patients remotely. The companies aim to create a nationwide network to enable video medical imaging, audio communication and health record information exchange between remote locations like retail stores, office settings and...
July 15, 2009
It's been more than four years since Qualcomm first announced its plans to help launch a healthcare-focused mobile phone service, called LifeComm. Qualcomm and its (still) undisclosed partners recently decided that it was time to pull the plug on LifeComm after failing to raise additional third party funding, mobihealthnews has learned from an anonymous source.
A circa 2007 mock-up of a LifeComm...
July 14, 2009
MYLEstone Health's Matt Tendler has a worthwhile column today over at Diabetes Health that describes the landscape for diabetes management tools on smartphones -- with a special emphasis on the iPhone. MYLEstone created the popular Glucose Buddy iPhone app.
mobihealthnews recently broke the news that Glucose Buddy had inked a deal with Roche to embed some of its diabetes management tools into the...
July 14, 2009
For the record, BlackBerry has conducted clinical trials with smartphones paired with Bluetooth-enabled medical peripheral devices for years. Three of the company's smartphones are among the five most popular smartphones in North America. At least one executive at BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is a bit curious about all the hype around Apple's recent medical foray with the iPhone....
July 10, 2009
SAN DIEGO - DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM) today announced the appointment of Eric Topol, M.D. as a member of DexCom’s Board of Directors. Dr. Topol is the Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, a National Institutes of Health funded program of the Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium. In 2009, he was named the Gary and Mary West Endowed Chair of Innovative Medicine....
July 9, 2009
iPhone as hearing aid sounds dubious: TechCrunch points out that the industry may still have a long way to go before we see commercial launches for blood glucose monitors and blood pressure pumps that connected to the iPhone, some health and disability-related apps are available. That includes soundAMP, a hearing aid application that's available in the AppStore for $9.99. More
July 8, 2009
LAKEWOOD, CO–(Marketwire - July 6, 2009) - Healthagen, a developer of healthcare information software, today announced its new partnership with Centura Health, offering a premier listing service for its healthcare facilities in Colorado available on all of its smart phone iTriage applications, including iTriage for the iPhone.
With the introduction of this premier level of service, Centura Health...