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By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
"This mHealth is a little confusing to me, but we will get a title for this soon, and it will be the right one," said Leonid Androuchko, professor of telecommunications at the International University of Geneva and a coordinator for telehealth with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during his remarks at the Med-e-Tel event in Luxembourg last week. Androuchko decried the state of the...
By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
The Vodafone Americas Foundation and the mHealth Alliance announced today that Sana, formerly MocaMobile, had won third place ($100,000) in the Wireless Innovation Prize and also won the mHealth Alliance Award ($50,000). Sana is a multidisciplinary group from MIT that has developed an open source platform that enables mobile phones to capture and send out data for an electronic medical record....
By Brian Dolan April 19, 2010
About 31 percent of people in India, or about 366 million, had access to improved sanitation in 2008, while some 545 million cell phones are connected to networks in the country, according to a recent UN report. The mobile networks in India are set for an upgrade to 3G service, which many healthcare companies plan to leverage to offer advanced mHealth services in the country, which already has a...
By Brian Dolan April 15, 2010
This week in mobile health news brings preventative care moves from two insurers: UnitedHealth and Kaiser Permanente Southern California. UnitedHealth has teamed with YMCAs in six cities to promote exercise and healthy eating among pre-diabetics, while KP SoCal has teamed up with Body By Jake founder Jake Steinfeld's startup FitOrbit to provide online and mobile fitness coaching to its overweight...
By Brian Dolan April 15, 2010
As part of its recent interest in all things mobile health, a headline over at Scientific American this week asked a weighty question: Should medical apps face governmental oversight? The answer to that question is one we have tracked consistently over the past year and a half, but the quick and easy version of it might be: They already do. A month ago, MobiHealthNews broke the story of the FDA's...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2010
According to a regulatory filing with the SEC this week, Sotera Wireless has secured $10.75 million of a $15 million round of venture funding from undisclosed investor(s). Some of Sotera Wireless' previous investors have included Qualcomm Ventures, Intel Capital, Sanderling Ventures and Apposite Capital. Sotera Wireless, which changed its name from Triage Wireless last year, is currently...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2010
Kaiser Permanente Southern California recently announced plans to pilot FitOrbit's online and mobile fitness training services to selected members who are trying to lose weight. KP Southern California serves some 3 million residents but the pilot is open to members who are 29 to 45 years old, 25 or more pounds overweight, and have regular Internet access at home or work. FitOrbit offers a "...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2010
An "odd couple" is how the New York Times described the pairing of insurer UnitedHealth and community fitness center chain YMCA. In an effort to prevent members from developing diabetes, UnitedHealth Group announced this week that it would pay for 16-week at the YMCA that explain how changes in eating, exercise and other lifestyle habits can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. The program is free for...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2010
Revenues from remote patient monitoring services that use mobile networks will rise to $1.9 billion globally by 2014, according to Juniper Research's recent report, "Mobile Healthcare Opportunities: Monitoring, Applications & mHealth Strategies 2010-2014." Juniper's prediction is not the first to tackle the question of the mobile health industry's opportunity in the next four years, but like...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2010
Wireless tools continue to roll out in hospitals: Aerohive and others have enabled a wireless infrastructure at Riverside Health Care's facility that enables providers to conduct bedside registration and order entry. Nurses conduct bedside documentation drug administration by using tablet devices. The facility also outfitted its nurses and health care professionals with handheld units that...

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