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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...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2009
Zume Life is a San Jose start-up founded in 2006 that has developed its own dedicated device that allows those with chronic illnesses, their caretakers, or anyone with a complex regimen to keep track of and manage their own care. Last week mobihealthnews caught up with Zume Life's CEO Rajiv Mehta to discuss where primary caregivers fit into Zume Life's product, why "bucketized" approaches to...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2009
Designate health reform czar Former Senate Leader Tom Daschle's chief-of-staff Mark B. Childress, the second former lobbyist to land at the HHS, announced that he would recuse himself from all decisions related to topics he lobbied on for clients including PanFlu and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. On his second day of office, President Obama issued an executive order that prohibited...
By Brian Dolan January 31, 2009
In case there were any doubters that mHealth is here to stay, one of the flagship mHealth applications in the market today, cardiac telemetry devices--like Cardionet's--have officially been recognized in 2009 with their own billing code. The Cardiology Billing Blog warns billing departments that are not properly implementing the new billing and coding changes could end up losing money from lower...
By Brian Dolan January 31, 2009
Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NEC Philips debuted a DECT watch phone intended for use in healthcare and hospitality sectors. This week mobihealthnews caught up with NEC Philips Unified Solutions Manager of Marketing Communications Robert van Amerongen and the company's Business Manager for Mobility Solutions Bert van Koelen to discuss the device's CES launch,...
By Brian Dolan January 31, 2009
Last month Nokia introduced a handset package called the N79 Active, which includes a Bluetooth heart rate strap from Polar and an updated version of Nokia's Sports Tracker application. The device, which debuted at the Consumer Electronics show last month in Las Vegas, includes an N79, 4GB of onboard memory, the Polar-powered Bluetooth strap and heart monitor all for €375 ($500). Last week...

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