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By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
mHealth Alliance award application process draws to a close: The mHealth Alliance announced the last call for its $50,000 prize for revolutionary wireless technology applications for global health. More HealthNewsDigest imagines how the healthcare system will look if much of the technology demonstrated and talked about today becomes implemented: "The technology required to make the benefits in...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
Ireland's national Food Safety Authority recently launched an email and text messaging service that aims to inform food allergy sufferers about foods that have not appropriately labeled their products for the presence of common allergens. Warnings like "may contain nuts" or "manufactured on a line that also uses nuts" are not useful for allergy sufferers, according to the agency. Once the...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
The iPad definitely helps bridge some of the gaps currently present in the mobile [device continuum]. Workflow is the key to adoption and utilization in healthcare. I think the iPad will be a catalyst. - Tom Herzog, VP IT and Medical Device Technologies, Cerner I think [the iPad is big news for healthcare providers and patients]. Despite its lack of a camera, the iPad will push healthcare away...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
MiLife, a start-up that Unilever Corporate Research (UCR) spun out in 2008, announced $4 million in new funding followed by a name change and new strategy. MiLife has changed its name to Imperative Health and shifted its focus to chronic disease management, especially: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol. Unilever Ventures and New Venture Partners participated in the...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
MiLife, a spin-out from Unilever Corporate Research (UCR), today announced that it has completed an additional funding of $4 million to accelerate its development and growth. To reflect a shift in strategic direction, the Company has changed its name to Imperative Health and changed its focus to managing health risks associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and raised cholesterol....
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
Apple confirmed the rumors today and unveiled a tablet device, which looks like a giant iPhone, called iPad. While Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team of presenters at Apple's iPad launch event this morning did not mention the healthcare vertical as a key market for the iPad: It looks to be just that. The iPad holds promise as a new point-of-care tool for healthcare workers and as a personal health...
By Brian Dolan January 26, 2010
ReadWriteWeb is tracking the rumored Apple tablet and wondering whether healthcare is the vertical most likely to adopt the tablet. Based on an interview with care providers, including Kaiser Permanente, RWW bulleted out five device capabilities they believe would change healthcare. Here's what they're hoping the iSlate enables: Real-time observations, including vitals signs. EHR or no, many...
By Brian Dolan January 25, 2010
Diversinet, a developer of secure mobile application platforms, announced that its mobile health partner, AllOne Mobile, recently filed a legal proceeding that would end the two company's 2008 licensing agreement. AllOne has requested to pay Diversinet $3 million to officially terminate their agreement, but Diversinet believes that it is owed a substantially greater amount than AllOne's proposed...
By Brian Dolan January 25, 2010
Jan 22, 2010 -- Diversinet, a provider of secure mobile application platforms, has received notice from AllOne Mobile and AllOne Health Group that it has commenced a legal proceeding in Pennsylvania seeking the termination of the September 2008 license and revenue sharing agreement upon payment of $3 million. AllOne and AllOne Health Group (AHG) have asked the courts for a declaration of the...
By Brian Dolan January 21, 2010
It's a widely known statistic that between one-third and one-half of patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed, which leads to poorer health, more frequent hospitalization, a higher risk of death and up to $290 billion each year in increased medical costs. Stacked against that figure, Novartis' recent $24 million investment in intelligent medicine / medication adherence...

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