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By Brian Dolan 10:24 am May 19, 2009
Diabetes Mine just announced the winner of its 2009 Diabetes Design competition: the LifeCase and LifeApp solution for the iPhone. Two students designed the iPhone case and accompanying application that takes connected diabetes management beyond "a single logging, data calculation or learning application," which Diabetes Mine said characterized most other iPhone-based entries. Diabetes Mine said...
By Brian Dolan 07:24 am May 19, 2009
As we reported a few weeks ago, a financial analyst issued a report that claimed Highmark CMS was planning to reduce the reimbursement rate for CardioNet's wireless cardiac monitoring service and the report ended up dominating the wireless health company's most quarterly investment call. This week, CardioNet announced that Highmark CMS' reimbursement rate for CPT code 93229, Mobile Cardiovascular...
By Brian Dolan 04:48 am May 19, 2009
As the number of physicians using smartphones continues to rise, a report in the Washington Post predicts that protocols will soon evolve in how to use the phones with patients -- for now, common sense will have to govern it. The article explores the tension between using a smartphone with a patient to increase patient engagement vs. using a smartphone with a patient in the room and losing one's...
By Brian Dolan 12:38 pm May 18, 2009
Frontline:SMS founder Josh Nesbit emailed in to let us know he launched an inspired mHealth intiative today: HopePhones. The program encourages everyone to recycle their old mobile phones, which are then sold to raise money to send phones to health workers in developing markets likes Malawi. According to the HopePhones site, "When your old phone is received by the recycling center, it is given a...
By Brian Dolan 11:00 am May 18, 2009
During the first day of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting, called the Convergence Summit, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs defined convergence as the overlapping of computer devices, consumer electronic devices and wireless technology, according to Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity blog. Jacobs pointed to the Amazon Kindle, as a prototype for the future: a device with built-in wireless (cellular...
By Brian Dolan 10:55 am May 18, 2009
During the first day of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting, called the Convergence Summit, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs defined convergence as the overlapping of computer devices, consumer electronic devices and wireless technology, according to Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity blog. Jacobs pointed to the Amazon Kindle, as a prototype for the future: a device with built-in wireless (cellular...
By Brian Dolan 06:27 am May 18, 2009
Last week the mobihealthnews team attended part of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting out in La Jolla, California. One of the founding members of the Alliance, mid-market investment firm TripleTree, announced its inaugural wireless life-sciences innovation/insight/initiative awards: the I Awards. TripleTree explained that the awards aim to "showcase companies that are delivering and...
By Brian Dolan 05:37 am May 18, 2009
Emory University's School of Medicine's Allan Platt penned an article in The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants that concludes that personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones "are becomining an essential clinical tool that can help clinicians engage in lifelong learning as part of their daily routine." Mobile devices allow for fast access to evidence-based information...
By Brian Dolan 05:12 am May 18, 2009
If designed and marketed under the right conditions, America's seniors are actually very receptive to technology, in fact, they already have adopted many consumer electronic devices, according to a report from the Miami Herald. As we have noted before, one of the biggest drivers of mobile healthcare solutions is the aging Baby Boomer generation, which is the group of Americans born between 1946...
By Brian Dolan 07:22 pm May 15, 2009
CardioNet, the only pure play wireless health company that has gone public, began selling a sleep disorders clinical indicator, called SomNet. The company believes that SomNet has the potential to identify patients with a high likelihood of sleep disorders by measuring cyclic variation of heart rate (CVHR), a rhythm that is caused by repeated arousals from sleep because of the disorders. "There...

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