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By Brian Dolan 10:30 am May 21, 2009
Last month at the Health 2.0 meets Ix conference here in Boston, we covered The Pew Internet & American Life Project's health research and digital strategy head Susannah Fox's presentation on the opportunity that mobile devices present for engaging different populations in managing their own care. At the time, Fox noted that despite the opportunity mobile presents, there are pockets of people...
By Brian Dolan 10:56 am May 20, 2009
For every iPhone skeptic I've met in the health industry (these are the types that like to stake the fate of wireless health on the "not everyone has an iPhone" argument), I've met at least two execs at big companies that pinpoint the launch of the 3G iPhone last year as the tipping point for their company's decision to explore wireless health. So, hype or not, it's inspired this industry. Ever...
By Brian Dolan 10:24 am May 19, 2009
Diabetes Mine just announced the winner of its 2009 Diabetes Design competition: the LifeCase and LifeApp solution for the iPhone. Two students designed the iPhone case and accompanying application that takes connected diabetes management beyond "a single logging, data calculation or learning application," which Diabetes Mine said characterized most other iPhone-based entries. Diabetes Mine said...
By Brian Dolan 11:00 am May 18, 2009
During the first day of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting, called the Convergence Summit, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs defined convergence as the overlapping of computer devices, consumer electronic devices and wireless technology, according to Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity blog. Jacobs pointed to the Amazon Kindle, as a prototype for the future: a device with built-in wireless (cellular...
By Brian Dolan 10:55 am May 18, 2009
During the first day of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting, called the Convergence Summit, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs defined convergence as the overlapping of computer devices, consumer electronic devices and wireless technology, according to Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity blog. Jacobs pointed to the Amazon Kindle, as a prototype for the future: a device with built-in wireless (cellular...
By Brian Dolan 06:27 am May 18, 2009
Last week the mobihealthnews team attended part of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting out in La Jolla, California. One of the founding members of the Alliance, mid-market investment firm TripleTree, announced its inaugural wireless life-sciences innovation/insight/initiative awards: the I Awards. TripleTree explained that the awards aim to "showcase companies that are delivering and...
By Brian Dolan 05:12 am May 18, 2009
If designed and marketed under the right conditions, America's seniors are actually very receptive to technology, in fact, they already have adopted many consumer electronic devices, according to a report from the Miami Herald. As we have noted before, one of the biggest drivers of mobile healthcare solutions is the aging Baby Boomer generation, which is the group of Americans born between 1946...
By Brian Dolan 08:45 pm May 13, 2009
"We took a run at this five years ago and it fizzled out pretty quickly," explained Rob Mesirow, Vice President of CTIA, the international association for the wireless industry. "Quite frankly, it just wasn't the time, the stars weren't aligned, wireless data networks weren't robust enough and medical data wasn't there." "Now, the next generation of doctors, who are more comfortable with health...
By Brian Dolan 10:03 am May 8, 2009
In the past few months we have given Google Health a hard time for not bringing more functionality from their PHR onto the mobile platform, indeed, there was a time we noted Google Health's mobile strategy was allowing users to print out a copy of their health information and keep it in their wallet. (Seriously.) After a short interview with Google Health Product Manager Roni Zeiger, however, it'...
By Brian Dolan 05:27 am May 6, 2009
Major cities across the U.S. and Canada have recently launched text message-based sex education hotlines in an effort to stem teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto each have automated text message services for frequently asked questions that provide teens with answers and information on local clinics.  The New York Times recently...