June 17, 2009
New Capability Responds to Growing Demand by Physicians Who Rely Heavily on Their Mobile Devices
NANUET, N.Y. — iMedicor, a Vemics Company (OTCBB: VMCI), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with myLEADERBOARD, Inc. to complete the development of a mobile application of its online communications platform, responding to the growing demand by physicians who rely heavily on their...
June 16, 2009
Partners Healthcare system in Boston announced plans to spin-off a start-up that "gives patients the tools to be their own doctor" beginning with a wireless blood pressure cuff for at-home and on-the-go monitoring. The start-up is tentatively called "Connected Health" for now.
The initial product just finished a pilot with EMC. The cuff allows users to upload their blood pressure information to...
June 16, 2009
Round-up of mHealth and related stories from the past week:
AMA inks HealthVault deal: Last week at Microsoft's Connected Health Conference the company announced an agreement with the American Medical Association and portal developer, Covisint, to offer its physician members their own online portal to exchange health data with patients. Once a patient gives a physician access, physicians will be...
June 15, 2009
Last week at the Games for Health Conference here in Boston, conference organizer Ben Sawyer told MassHighTech that eventually mobile fitness tracking applications and video games like EA Sports Active will integrate with electronic medical records.
The event featured Boston-area companies like AWare Technologies, FitnessKeeper, and Molecular, which all develop applications to track fitness data...
June 9, 2009
Last week we wrote about the growing popularity of smartphones among doctors and their growing use at hospitals. We wondered what it would take for smartphones to displace legacy pagers.
After posting our article with the question: "What's it going to take for smartphones to replace pagers in hospitals?" we received a number of comments. We reprinted a few of them below with the authors'...
June 8, 2009
Doctors "know instinctively that the human side of medicine -- the attentive listening, the visual cues, the continued eye contact, and the careful history and physical exam -- is critical..." Dr. Val Jones, CEO of Better Health, wrote in a commentary piece last week. "The problem we have with EMRs is that they often interrupt the sensitive and intuitive parts of what we do. EMRs and other...
June 5, 2009
The FDA announced today that wireless remote monitoring system HealthPAL, which MedApss developed, has received 510(k) clearance, according to an email from the company.
HealthPAL is the small, portable dedicated device that MedApps uses to collect data from connected glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and weight scales. The data is then sent over a secure server to an...
June 5, 2009
We have heard the West Wireless Health Institute's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric Topol referred to as a "poster child" for wireless health and he's also an easy contender for most influential thought leader in the emerging industry, but last month when we heard he'd be appearing in GQ magazine, it was the first time we heard him referred to as a "rock star."
GQ highlighted Dr. Topol and just a...
June 5, 2009
Just yesterday we reported on the growing competition between wireless remote monitoring companies CardioNet and LifeWatch, which both help physicians monitor patients at risk for heart arrythmias via wireless devices and sensors. How can wireless health services help people who actually have heart failure, though? The University Hospital in New Jersey with help from Verizon Wireless and...
June 4, 2009
Remote cardiac monitoring company LifeWatch has inked an exclusive carrier agreement with Verizon Wireless for its mobile phone-based service for cardiac patients. LifeWatch's LifeStar Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry (ACT) service is a direct competitor to CardioNet's MCOT service, but unlike CardioNet, the company uses the patient's mobile phone to transmit the monitoring data. CardioNet uses a...