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By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
Those in the market for a "senior-friendly" phone just got another option: Samsung's Haven, available to Verizon Wireless subscribers as of today. The Haven features a dedicated In Case of Emergency (ICE) button, adjustable fonts to make it easier to read text on the phone's screen, speech recognition software and well-being and medical management tools. The well-being and medical management...
By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
The Wall Street Journal published a feature on wireless health services and devices that payers across the country are currently piloting, including a note that in January Humana "will launch a program to track heart patients' vital signs wirelessly and link them up via video to chat with nurses if appropriate." Perhaps the most interesting trend highlighted in the WSJ report is video chats...
By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
Maybe the translation is off on this one, but Hitachi's contender for the growing fitness monitor device market is called "Life Microscope." It's a watch-like device the user wears around the wrist. Like most of the other offerings on the market it makes use of accelerometers to detect the user's activity levels. Hitachi unveiled the new device at an exhibit in Tokyo this week, according to a...
By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
IBM, General Electric, Philips and other large tech firms have lobbied the FCC for at least the past year to allow wireless medical devices to use a range of wireless spectrum (2360MHz to 2400MHz) for vital sign monitoring. A recent report from Bloomberg, however, revealed that aircraft maker Boeing uses that range of spectrum to test the safety of its planes. Plane safety vs. wireless health...
By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
Doctor in Pocket: Blueworld Communities launches physician advice application, Afridoctor, in South Africa. BBC Competition: Samsung's Bada Developer Challenge is offering prizes ($2.7 million total) to developers who can make applications that are attractive to “older and wizer” audiences. 3GDoctor Blog iPad: 10 ways the iPad is changing healthcare. Silicon Alley Insider Hype: Futuristic look at...
By Brian Dolan July 28, 2010
ReadWriteWeb has a worthwhile feature on the potential for location-based services in healthcare: How might services enabled by GPS, like FourSquare and other future services, impact consumer health and healthcare providers' data set? "The one person who is not by their computer during a medical transaction is the patient. They are in the hospital or in the pharmacy. As smartphones take off,...
By Brian Dolan July 27, 2010
The FCC's Director of Healthcare Dr. Mohit Kaushal posted a video tour of the wireless health companies exhibiting at the FDA-FCC wireless health meeting today and tomorrow. Watch as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, FDA Commissioner Peggy Hamburg and Federal Chief Technology Officer Annesh Chopra meet with a few of the 25 companies at the event. Lots of recognizable faces from the industry:
By Brian Dolan July 27, 2010
El Camino Hospital, also known as "the hospital of Silicon Valley," had deployed Medtronic's Lifenet System to wirelessly transmit a patient's electrocardiogram (ECG) information from the ambulance back to the hospital's emergency department. This enables doctors to assess the patient's status in real-time, according to a report in Healthcare IT News. The 542-bed acute care center can also ...
By Brian Dolan July 27, 2010
The Federal Communications Commission and the Food & Drug Association signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today that each agency would work with the other to create an efficient regulatory structure for wireless-enabled medical devices and services. The agreement has a five-year sunset provision built into it. "The MOU between the FCC and the FDA is intended to promote collaboration ...
By Brian Dolan July 26, 2010
According to a recent physician survey conducted by Spyglass Consulting, the "exponential" growth in physician adoption of mobile communications at point of care has been driven by physicians' desire to improve communications and collaboration, streamline productivity, and enhance patient care and safety. Spyglass conducted interviews with more than 100 physicians this past March to discuss the...

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