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By Brian Dolan 08:29 pm August 7, 2009
David Kirchhoff, Weight Watchers' president and CEO announced yesterday that Weight Watchers will soon submit an iPhone application to Apple in an effort to provide "convenience and information on demand to further [members'] weight-loss success and to further modernize the Weight Watchers' brand." Weight Watchers is one of the most recognizable brands in the consumer health industry, but do they...
By Brian Dolan 11:32 am August 7, 2009
In a wide-ranging interview with Mobihealthnews, the Center for Connected Health's Founder and Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar recently discussed the center's various wireless health programs, belief in text messages for healthcare, assessment of the likely early adopters of wireless health services and the need to not lose sight of the challenges facing this emerging industry. Mobihealthnews: While...
By Brian Dolan 07:23 am August 7, 2009
"If we have learned one thing, it's that we need to leverage existing devices," Aetna's head of eHealth Product Management, Dan Greden said during his presentation at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Aetna has more than 19 million customers for its medical insurance plans. "A very good example is the iPhone as exercise tracker," Greden explained. "Someone...
By Brian Dolan 05:28 am August 7, 2009
Weight Watchers for iPhone: "We are in the final stages of development of a new iPhone application which we will be submitting to Apple for final approval later this month," David Kirchhoff, president and CEO of Weight Watchers announced during the company's investors' call this week. "Our Weight Watchers Online and Monthly Pass subscribers will have free access to a full, robust suite of...
By Brian Dolan 11:10 am August 6, 2009
Should hospitals rent out iPod Touches along with their TV and phone rentals for patients? A recent post over at Silicon Alley Insider suggests they do. The publication's writer Nicholas Carlson just returned from six days in the hospital because of injuries he suffered from a hit-and-run accident in New York City. Carlson's post serves as a reminder that it's just a matter of time before we all...
By Brian Dolan 01:05 am August 6, 2009
Every day more than 3.5 billion are sent. Some 1 trillion were exchanged throughout last year. Yes, the humble 160 character text message remains a considerably popular means of communication. Disagree? We send more texts than we make calls: A Nielsen Mobile report last year found that U.S. mobile phone users sent an average of 357 texts per month in the second quarter of 2008 versus an average...
By Brian Dolan 01:23 pm August 5, 2009
According to a recent report from Parks Associates, the U.S. market for wireless home-based healthcare applications and services will grow at a five-year cumulative annual growth rate of over 180% and become a $4.4 billion industry in 2013. The report points to healthcare reform from the Obama Administration as one driver of adoption in wireless home-care technologies. Parks stated that the...
By Brian Dolan 01:10 pm August 5, 2009
DALLAS, Aug. 5 -- The U.S. market for wireless home-based healthcare applications and services will grow at a five-year cumulative annual growth rate of over 180% and become a $4.4 billion industry in 2013, according to Wireless Healthcare: Analysis & Forecasts. The report from international research firm Parks Associates predicts the push for healthcare reform from the Obama Administration...
By Brian Dolan 09:40 am August 5, 2009
UCLA announced today that MediSens Wireless, a wireless healthcare start-up, has obtained an exclusive license from UCLA on patented technology developed by UCLA professor Majid Sarrafzadeh and his team. (Sarrafzadeh is also a founder of MediSense.) MediSens plans to use the real-time wireless monitoring technology to develop body monitoring systems that help diabetic patients with peripheral...
By Brian Dolan 09:17 am August 5, 2009
MediSens developing body monitoring systems for diabetes, balance issues UCLA's newly launched on-campus technology incubator at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) has opened lab space to MediSens Wireless, a startup company that develops and manufactures personal body-monitoring systems for medical and health applications. The incubator program was established in March to nurture early-...

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