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By Brian Dolan 06:06 am April 27, 2009
At the Lunch and Launch event at the Health 2.0 meets Ix event in Boston last week, mHealth companies dominated. The audience voted in two of the mobile phone-powered health solutions as the most impressive--Living Profiles, a Project HealthDesign startup partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and FrontlineSMS:Medic. According to Living Profiles' site, "The specific segment of the...
By Brian Dolan 12:24 pm April 23, 2009
During the past two days the mobihealthnews team has been covering the Health 2.0 conference here in Boston, MA. For those readers who were unable to make it to the show we also put together a quick photo essay that includes just some of the speakers and panels that were on-stage at the event this past week. Click here to scroll through the photos we captured at the Health 2.0 event that took...
By Brian Dolan 12:17 pm April 23, 2009
A.D.A.M. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alan Greene (right) amused the audience and ACOR's Gilles Frydman (left) by referencing Thomas Jefferson half a dozen times during a plenary session on Wednesday here at Health 2.0 in Boston. Sensei CEO Bob Schwarzberg demonstrates his company's latest iPhone application, My Diabetes Guide. A.D.A.M. CEO Kevin Noland demonstrates his company's latest iPhone...
By Brian Dolan 06:42 am April 23, 2009
Participatory medicine is taking hold among citizens and health professionals, The Pew Internet & American Life Project's health research and digital strategy head Susannah Fox said during an plenary session here at Health 2.0 in Boston. There are, however, pockets of people who lack access to basic technology, lack the skills to participate, lack the interest to try something new, or lack...
By Brian Dolan 04:02 am April 23, 2009
"Nobody walks into a doctor's office anymore without a cell phone," Neil Calman, co-founder and President, Institute for Family Health, said during the opening plenary session at the Health 2.0 conference here in Boston. "Even the 80-year-olds have cell phones now. Connectivity is not the problem," he said.  Calman is right to note that almost everyone has a mobile now. As we learned at CTIA...
By Brian Dolan 03:14 am April 23, 2009
Low-power Bluetooth connections are set to enable even more health functionalities for the mobile phone, according to Nick Hunn over at Creative Connectivity. Hunn recently attended a Bluetooth conference in Tokyo, Japan, which included the first public demos of the new Bluetooth low energy standard.  "The exciting aspect of Bluetooth low energy is its ability to enable low cost devices to be...
By Brian Dolan 11:06 am April 22, 2009
During the opening plenary session at the Health 2.0 conference this afternoon, Dr. Alan Greene, Chief Medical Officer of A.D.A.M. wove historical trivia with mixed metaphors to explain Health 2.0: The first two presidents of the U.S., Washington and Adams, never shook hands while president, instead they bowed, Greene said. U.S. citizens similarly bowed back. President Thomas Jefferson changed...
By Brian Dolan 07:24 am April 22, 2009
The Health 2.0 Accelerator pre-Health 2.0 conference meeting kicked off this morning here in Boston with a presentation by the AHRQ's Special Expert in the Healthcare IT Group, Matthew Quinn. The AHRQ is the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and is a part of the Health and Human Services (HHS) department. Quinn said that his goal was to "open up the mysterious world" of...
By Brian Dolan 12:28 pm April 21, 2009
We have written about A.D.A.M.'s Symptom Navigator application for the iPhone in the past, but now the company has developed an iPhone application that combines symptom navigation, first aid info, GPS-enabled local listings for care centers (with maps and directions) and an upcoming feature called Health Talk, which aims to connect consumers with experts to share thoughts about health topics. The...
By Brian Dolan 11:34 am April 21, 2009
The FDA recently approved a 15-centimeter wireless sensor that aims to reduce hospitalizations by automating early detection of heart failure. The waterproof sensor is attached to the patient's skin and transmits data to a mobile phone or similar device in the patient's pocket. The system monitors heart and respiration rates, patient activity, and accumulation of body fluid. The data is then sent...

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