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By  Brian Dolan 12:00 pm 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...
By  Brian Dolan 07:21 am 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'...
By  Brian Dolan 12:12 pm 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...
By  Brian Dolan 03:11 pm 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...
By  Brian Dolan 11:07 am 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...
By  Brian Dolan 08:47 am 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...
By  Brian Dolan 10:48 am 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...
By  Brian Dolan 09:38 am June 3, 2009
There is little benefit to be gained from deciphering the ever-moving target of teen speak, which at the present time is greatly influenced by abbreviations used when text messaging. "IDK my BFF Jill," as the popular Cingular wireless commercial once taught us. For the healthcare industry, though, some wireless industry semantics are worth exploring at the risk of remaining known as the industry...
By  Brian Dolan 09:06 am June 2, 2009
Michael Goldberg of Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) is currently, actively pursuing start-ups in the personalized medicine sector, including companies that make use of wireless sensors to collect clinically-actionable data for point-of-care. Goldberg's firm recently invested in wireless remote monitoring company Corventis. mobihealthnews recently had the opportunity to discuss MDV's interest in the...
By  Brian Dolan 06:21 am June 1, 2009
The American Medical Association's AMNews just reported on the Manhattan Research report from last month that found 64 percent of doctors now use smartphones. The article, however,  includes some interesting insights from the report's authors as well as from some doctors who have led the trend by using smartphones to access medical records and more. "You have to make it very easy for the average...