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By MHN Staff 04:50 am March 28, 2013
The Affordable Care Act is bringing much change and opportunity to health plans, providers, and patients. Many of these changes are being developed and implemented with the help of information technology. The Future of Payer IT workshop, June 12, 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm, held in conjunction with AHIP's Institute 2013 (June 12-14) in Las Vegas, explores IT's role in this changing environment. Speakers...
By MHN Staff 04:30 am March 26, 2013
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker & Green My wife complains I live in the future, and I suppose that’s true. But on the heels of three days of hearings last week by two subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, all focused on mHealth, I feel the urge to plan for the regulatory world after FDA publishes its final guidance. FDA testified the...
By MHN Staff 07:40 am March 22, 2013
By Orion Armon, IP Litigation practice group, Cooley LLP Since 2009, medical device companies obtained permanent injunctions in 80 percent of cases in which courts ruled on post-trial motions for injunctive relief. The medical device injunction win rate was ten percentage points higher than the win rate for patent owners in other technology areas. Beginning in 2001, companies began filing large...
By MHN Staff 04:43 am February 28, 2013
Health plans continue to focus on high-quality, affordable care for their members and they’re looking for innovative products and services to help them achieve these goals. Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is a great way to learn more about the mobile and digital tools health plans are seeking, and to showcase your solutions. You’ll enjoy direct access to plans and outstanding...
By MHN Staff 12:34 pm February 15, 2013
MobiHealthNews recently published its annual State of the Industry report to its mobile health research store. Be sure to purchase your copy today! In the weeks since 2012 drew to a close it has become clear that the past 12 months were a banner period of activity for mobile and digital health. Over the course of the last year the term "digital health" rose to prominence; BYOD (bring your own...
By MHN Staff 09:07 am October 29, 2012
By Padma Nagappan Children are generally active when they are young but their level of activity often tapers off as they enter their teens, which leads to a high incidence of obesity, associate professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine Donna Spruijt-Metz said during her remarks at the WLSA's Wireless Health 2012 event last week. The number...
By MHN Staff 08:31 am October 29, 2012
By Padma Nagappan Count Cambridge, Massachusetts-based BioSensics among those companies working on a fall prevention offering that uses wearable devices equipped with accelerometers and other devices to help diagnose the early signs of a fall before it happens. By studying gait, stance, time to get up, time to sit down, and other metrics, BioSensics hopes to help the elderly and others whose...
By MHN Staff 07:56 am October 29, 2012
By Padma Nagappan While healthcare is shifting from provider-centered episodic care to outcome-based, patient-centered care, at least one speaker at last week's Wireless Health 2012 event believes that more personalized air quality data should be a part of the healthcare discussion, too. In chronic conditions like asthma and cancer, environmental exposures play a major role in disease development...
By MHN Staff 01:08 am October 25, 2012
Plessey's Clive Beech, Photo Credit: Paul Savage Photography By Padma Nagappan Falling asleep at the wheel on long trips or when tired is a common concern for drivers. To address this problem, a British company called Plessey Semiconductors has developed sensors that can be embedded under the fabric on the back of a car seat to measure a driver's ECG as he or she drives. Plessey discussed its...
By MHN Staff 12:31 am October 25, 2012
Geral Wiant of Perpetua with DHS jacket. Photo Credit: Paul Savage Photography By Padma Nagappan What began as a diagnostic tool to find the best place to locate an energy harvesting device on an industrial pump or motor, is now being used to trap body heat and convert it into thermoelectric energy that can power monitoring devices worn on the body. "One of our engineers placed it on his hand by...