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By Brian Dolan March 30, 2009
The New York Times ran a contributed column late last week by a doctor who relates her own anecdotal evidence for the findings of a recent study that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The "connectedness" between patient and doctor can significantly affect outcomes for the better. More on the growing number of doctors making house calls thanks to better reimbursement.  Integrated PHRs...
By Brian Dolan March 30, 2009
Thanks to a $45 million gift from the Gary and Mary West Foundation and support from Qualcomm and Scripps Health, the newly formed West Wireless Health Institute in San Diego will work to take wireless medicine out of the lab and into the marketplace.  Qualcomm's Vice President of Health and Life Sciences will serve as the institute's Founding Board Member while Scripps Health's Chief Academic...
By Brian Dolan March 27, 2009
This past week Sensium, the Zigbee Alliance, ANT+, Bluetooth Low Energy, BodyLAN (used in Nike+) and Z-Wave each presented their short range wireless technologies to the Continua Health Alliance at a summit in Barcelona, Spain. The technologies are candidates for the radio technologies selections that the Alliance is making for its Version 2 guidelines. Continua is looking to add guidelines for...
By Brian Dolan March 26, 2009
BoxTone and Wallace Wireless announced plans to help the public sector, public safety and health care companies tighten the security for their BlackBerry platforms. Chicken before egg: Lifespan looks to create EMRs that will hook up to its medical device peripherals. ZDNet wonders if new NCHIT David Blumenthal thinks of "open" as in "Google open" or as in "iPhone open" when he refers to an open "...
By Brian Dolan March 26, 2009
Korea-based mintpass announced plans to bring its super-compact mintpad touchscreen device, called the mintpad, to the US. The device is bigger than an iPhone but much smaller than tablets, like those based on Intel's mobile clinical assistant design spec. The mintpad weighs just 90 grams and has a 2.86-inch display, handwriting recognition software, WiFi b/g and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Last...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
John Maschenic, Associate Director, Vertical Data Sales, Verizon Wireless has been responsible for the company's enterprise data sales organization for the last seven years and has focused on healthcare since 2005. Since much of the discussion currently underway in the mHealth industry has been focused on application development, hospital uptake of mHealth services, and mobile phone capabilities...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
The mobihealthnews team is about to embark on a month-long tradeshow and event media tour that includes travel to both coasts of the U.S. and a couple trips to Las Vegas. In the coming month we will be bringing you, our readers, live coverage from: The mHealth Initiative's one day summit (pdf) in Boston, MA on March 31. The CTIA Wireless 2009 tradeshow in Las Vegas from April 1 to April 2. I'll...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
Microsoft recently announced that HealthVault will soon be connected to some ANT+ wireless devices. ANT+ is an alternative short range wireless technology (some might argue a Bluetooth competitor) that is used to connect many wellness and fitness devices, including some made by Garmin, to handheld devices. The ANT+ technology is a product of ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations.  "...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
BeWell Mobile Technology's Vice President and General Manager Greg Seiler called on the federal government to outline better guidelines for getting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recognize the value of mobile-based health systems and subsequently offer reimbursement for their use.  "It'd help to have clear support and guidance coming from Washington for how to enter the...
By Brian Dolan March 25, 2009
Australia's Telstra Foundation has announced a grant of $285,000 (Australian Dollars) over two years for an mHealth program run by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.  The program, which has already facilitated a successful pilot, uses mobile phones to track the mental health of young people suffering from depression. Telstra Foundation is an arm of Australia's biggest wireless carrier,...

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