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By Brian Dolan June 26, 2009
By Russell Fox, Communications Practice, Mintz Levin Wireless technology has long been a part of medical devices. The recent introduction of more sophisticated wireless phones and the deployment of wireless broadband networks has sparked the development of new "mHealth" (mobile health) applications and services that enable medical professionals to monitor patient data and help patients manage...
By Brian Dolan June 26, 2009
This year the emerging wireless health industry has enjoyed a boon of publicity and in some cases hype, but it's also been a bright spot for venture capital investment, too. Here are five mHealth start-ups that received venture capital investments in 2009. Their products range from wireless implantable neurological devices to fitness-tracking wristbands and waiting room tablets.  Let us know if...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Apple-focused publication MacNN's patent editor has uncovered a recently granted iPhone-related patent that covers wireless remote monitoring of vital signs. The first patent MacNN found is for the "technological make-up of a monitoring device" and a "transponder that reflects event data," which by example is presented as a mobile phone - heart rate detector system as well as a mobile phone -...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Not unlike the mHealth industry, the city of Seattle began with a number of false starts: The first European settlers in the city named their original village "New York," but perhaps because of the anticipated confusion changed it to "Alki," which meant "by and by" or "someday" in Chinook. A few years later Alki's settlers found it rough goings so they moved a short distance across the bay in an...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2009
Aetna's Head of Digital Engagement Strategy and Innovation Robert Heyl gave attendees at this week's Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle a sneak peak at the company's mobile plans as well as an update on how well Aetna's customers have been engaged with its health information portal SmartSource. Heyl said SmartSource aims to bring resources together that enable Aetna members to go to one...
By Brian Dolan June 24, 2009
At the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Qualcomm's Clint McClellan revealed that Lifecomm, a Qualcomm start-up that has been in the works for a number of years, will sell a mobile phone with an embedded glucometer as one of its first offerings. Lifecomm was first announced by Qualcomm in 2005, but has yet to launch. The company will reportedly manage the wireless connectivity...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
Why does it seem like so many physicians have embraced the iPhone, but only 15 percent of them are using some form of electronic health record EHR technology? That's one of the questions that Dr. David Kibbe posed to the audience at Healthcare Unbound here in Seattle, Washington.  Kibbe suggested a number of reasons for why physicians are adopting smartphones like the iPhone while shirking EHRs,...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the West Wireless Health Institute will soon announce plans to conduct a clinical trial with Corventis, a remote heart monitoring company. Corventis makes use of a Band Aid-like wireless sensor-enabled patch that sends heart readings through Bluetooth to a patients' iPhone or BlackBerry. The data is then transmitted to a physician's office and...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Services, Kendra Markle told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in Seattle that "wireless technology is revolutionizing health behavior change tools." These tools can now reach people anytime, including during those moments directly before we make health-related decisions, she said.  These tools can now reach people right when they sit down in...
By Brian Dolan June 23, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of wireless and medical companies, which aim to create an interoperable ecosystem of medical devices and systems, has been busy this year. After announcing its first two Continua-certified products, the Alliance also announced two new wireless technologies for its Version 2 guidelines: ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Most of the devices under Continua's...

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