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By Brian Dolan 04:14 am April 7, 2009
"The economy has hit bottom," Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol declared during his keynote at the CTIA Wireless event in Las Vegas this week. "But at the same time there has never been more wireless innovation in the medical community." Topol spent much of his twenty five minutes onstage describing and demonstrating examples of that innovation.  "As a cardiologist I never thought I would be seeing...
By Brian Dolan 11:25 am April 6, 2009
Mobihealthnews recently caught up with the Institute For The Future's Health Horizons Research Manager Vivian Distler to discuss the current and future states of mHealth, iPhone 3.0, the MD-LINK, "artifacts from the future" and more. Given the Institute For The Future's (IFTF) name, I assume it is focused on the future of healthcare, but how would you characterize the state of wireless medicine...
By Brian Dolan 08:43 am April 4, 2009
During his keynote at CTIA, Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol outlined a top ten list for conditions and diseases that are already benefiting from wireless health services or soon will. Here's Topol's Top Ten (in alphabetical order) with a figure of the number of Americans affected by each condition or disease. Did he miss any notable opportunities? Top Ten Targets for Wireless Medicine Alzheimer's...
By Brian Dolan 11:35 am April 3, 2009
If Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol's sweeping keynote about the emerging wireless healthcare industry was the main course at the CTIA Wireless show this week, the launch of the West Wireless Health Institute on Monday was the event's amuse bouche. The mobihealthnews team had the opportunity to sit-down with the West Wireless Health Institute's Chairman and lead donor Gary West to discuss why he...
By Brian Dolan 11:19 am April 3, 2009
Eight months later, West Wireless Health Institute launches Eight months ago the Wests met Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol, who shared West's analysis of the coming healthcare crisis. Topol helped the philanthropists meet other key players to form a coalition that led to the creation of the West Wireless Health Institute. West said that Topol tapped Qualcomm's Don Jones and the three of them had...
By Brian Dolan 11:17 am April 3, 2009
FDA regulates safety and accuracy, but who monitors efficacy? "One of the challenges facing wireless health is that even if the FDA approves a wireless health device or application it only determines that the solution does A, B and C accurately," West said. "So what? How do we know that A, B and C actually improves patient care? Reduces costs? Reduces hospitalizations? All these things. Until...
By Brian Dolan 08:13 am April 3, 2009
During a presentation here at BodyNets in Los Angeles, Leif Hanlen from NICTA presented one solution for securing the information collected by wireless sensors in a Body Area Network (BAN) and argued that not all BAN services will require the same level of security. Hanlen began his presentation by sharing some details of the IEEE working group that is creating the Body Area Networks profile: 802...
By Brian Dolan 07:29 am April 3, 2009
At the BodyNets conference here in Los Angeles, Rice University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Lin Zhong just shared a quick synopsis of two of his institution's wireless health projects: childhood obesity monitoring and oral hygiene monitoring. Zhong described a pilot program Rice carried out to monitor obese children's activity levels and how they correlate to...
By Brian Dolan 06:12 am April 3, 2009
Thanks to the focus on mHealth at the CTIA show in Las Vegas this week, a number of bigger players are opening up about their plans to launch mHealth services in the year ahead. Great Call's Jitterbug phone service for the less tech-savvy older demographic (and anyone else looking for a very, very simple user interface) told Wireless Week that it has firm plans in place for a medication adherence...
By Brian Dolan 03:17 pm April 2, 2009
Looks like the Wall Street Journal's rumor mill piece was right: As we reported earlier this week, Intel and GE are planning to work together to market home-health monitoring solutions leveraging wireless sensors that aim to prevent falls, increase medication compliance and treat sleep apnea. The companies plan to invest $250 million over the next five years for research and development into this...

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