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By Brian Dolan February 6, 2009
At the TEPR conference in Palm Springs this week, Arlene Harris, Chairwoman and co-founder of Greatcall, the parent company of the senior-focused Jitterbug mobile phone service announced her company's plans to offer a number of mHealth related applications and services. Harris said Jitterbug plans to do offer the services over the same types of phones that her company has been offering to the 55...
By Brian Dolan February 6, 2009
The founder of TEPR and CEO of the Medical Records Institute, Peter Waegemann, announced that one of the first pilot projects of his newly formed mHealth Initiative (mHI) is to create an "mHealth City" out of Boston, MA. (This is exciting news for mobihealthnews since we, too, are in Boston.) "We want to get to a point where everyone in greater Boston has the capability to put personal health...
By Brian Dolan February 6, 2009
During the final presentations at an mHealth Workshop at TEPR this week, Barry Greene, President & CEO, Libertas.md & Med Practice Informatics outlined the return on investment for deploying a simple text message-based communications tool in a hypothetical one doctor practice. Greene showed significant costs saving and revenue boosting opportunities can be leveraged by using text messages...
By Brian Dolan February 6, 2009
As of Tuesday Google Health was finally viewable from the mobile phone--now the company is really getting its mobile act together: The Continua Health Alliance, an industry group promoting compatibility between medical devices and online health systems, has teamed up with IBM to develop a set of interface tools for Google Health that will allow wirelessly-enabled medical devices like glucose...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2009
The co-founder and chairman of Jitterbug, the senior-focused mobile phone service, Arlene Harris weighed in on mHealth during a question and answer period here at TEPR. Harris summed up the mHealth opportunity rather succinctly: "There is a perfect storm coming here," Harris said. "The confluence of technologies like broadband in the home, internet-enabled wireless devices in the home, internet-...
By Brian Dolan February 4, 2009
WellDoc's Vice President of Healthcare Integration Malinda Peeples outlined the company's ongoing pilot of a mobile phone-based diabetes monitoring system, that is partially funded by LifeScan and Sprint. Peeples noted the opportunities for mHealth in endocrinology and diabetes in particular by pointing to the 21 million Americans currently living with diabetes, the 54 million "pre-diabetic"...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2009
During the second morning session of the mHealth track at TEPR today, Kaiser Permanente's Manager of Solution Consulting Nardo Manaloto outlined best practices for using text messages to send appointment reminders to patients. Manaloto recently completed a successful trial of such reminders at one of Kaiser's clinics. KP teamed up with text messaging application service provider Mobilestorm to...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2009
During a discussion of personal health records (PHRs) at TEPR+ today, James Mault, MD, director of new products and business development for Microsoft's Health Solutions Group stated numerous times that HealthVault and Google Health are not competitors--both services are fighting non-consumption of personal health records. While the quip is perhaps true given that PHR adoption rates are still in...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2009
The big mHealth news out of TEPR+ after Day 1 of mHealth programming: Google Health's integrated partner Anvita, formerly SafeMed, has developed a Mobile Viewer for Google Health that is built on Google's Android mobile platform. Roni Zeiger, project manager of Google Health invited Anvita Health's Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Ahmed Ghouri to  demonstrate the new Google Health mobile app...
By Brian Dolan February 2, 2009
The Medical Records Institute (MRI) announced yesterday the formation of a new non-profit, The mHealth Initiative (mHI), which is open to vendors, groups and individuals focused on the latest information and health application through mobile devices. MRI CEO Peter Waegemann and MRI Vice President Claudia Tessier announced the new initiative on the pre-conference day to the MRI's Towards the...

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