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By Brian Dolan 11:35 am April 3, 2009
If Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol's sweeping keynote about the emerging wireless healthcare industry was the main course at the CTIA Wireless show this week, the launch of the West Wireless Health Institute on Monday was the event's amuse bouche. The mobihealthnews team had the opportunity to sit-down with the West Wireless Health Institute's Chairman and lead donor Gary West to discuss why he...
By Brian Dolan 11:19 am April 3, 2009
Eight months later, West Wireless Health Institute launches Eight months ago the Wests met Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol, who shared West's analysis of the coming healthcare crisis. Topol helped the philanthropists meet other key players to form a coalition that led to the creation of the West Wireless Health Institute. West said that Topol tapped Qualcomm's Don Jones and the three of them had...
By Brian Dolan 11:17 am April 3, 2009
FDA regulates safety and accuracy, but who monitors efficacy? "One of the challenges facing wireless health is that even if the FDA approves a wireless health device or application it only determines that the solution does A, B and C accurately," West said. "So what? How do we know that A, B and C actually improves patient care? Reduces costs? Reduces hospitalizations? All these things. Until...
By Brian Dolan 08:13 am April 3, 2009
During a presentation here at BodyNets in Los Angeles, Leif Hanlen from NICTA presented one solution for securing the information collected by wireless sensors in a Body Area Network (BAN) and argued that not all BAN services will require the same level of security. Hanlen began his presentation by sharing some details of the IEEE working group that is creating the Body Area Networks profile: 802...
By Brian Dolan 07:29 am April 3, 2009
At the BodyNets conference here in Los Angeles, Rice University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Lin Zhong just shared a quick synopsis of two of his institution's wireless health projects: childhood obesity monitoring and oral hygiene monitoring. Zhong described a pilot program Rice carried out to monitor obese children's activity levels and how they correlate to...
By Brian Dolan 06:12 am April 3, 2009
Thanks to the focus on mHealth at the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week, a number of bigger players are opening up about their plans to launch mHealth services in the year ahead. Great Call's Jitterbug phone service for the less tech-savvy older demographic (and anyone else looking for a very, very simple user interface) told Wireless Week that it has firm plans in place for a medication adherence...
By Brian Dolan 03:01 pm April 2, 2009
This morning wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet announced its intent to acquire Minnesota-based Biotel for $14 million. CardioNet is particulary interested in Biotel's Agility Centralized Research Services, which is based in Chicago, and provides ECG monitoring services to the medical device and pharma industries as well as to contract research and academic research organizations. The...
By Brian Dolan 06:19 am March 31, 2009
The mHI Executive Director Peter Waegemann unveiled more details today about the mHI's proposed mHealth project, which initially aimed to make Boston the first mHealth city. Waegemann explained that the project is not about mHealth specifically, but rather about increasing communications between patients and providers in general. The proposed project is to enable consumers in Boston or Seattle or...
By Brian Dolan 09:14 am March 30, 2009
The New York Times ran a contributed column late last week by a doctor who relates her own anecdotal evidence for the findings of a recent study that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The "connectedness" between patient and doctor can significantly affect outcomes for the better. More on the growing number of doctors making house calls thanks to better reimbursement.  Integrated PHRs...
By Brian Dolan 05:53 am March 30, 2009
Thanks to a $45 million gift from the Gary and Mary West Foundation and support from Qualcomm and Scripps Health, the newly formed West Wireless Health Institute in San Diego will work to take wireless medicine out of the lab and into the marketplace.  Qualcomm's Vice President of Health and Life Sciences will serve as the institute's Founding Board Member while Scripps Health's Chief Academic...