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By Brian Dolan February 20, 2009
New York-based Phreesia, which provides a free patient-intake solution for physicians' waiting rooms, raised $11.6 million in venture capital. The company's third round of funding was led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, which has a $116 million war chest into which eleven independent BlueCross and BlueShield companies have committed capital. Return investors Polaris Venture Partners,...
By Brian Dolan February 20, 2009
According to various news reports from Washington, President Obama is mulling whether to appoint Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the health and human services (HHS) department. The governor's office declined to comment on the speculative reports: "Governor Sebelius remains focused on the economic challenges currently facing Kansas, including our state budget and the impacts of...
By Brian Dolan February 19, 2009
A mobile software company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma told their local news station they stand to gain a "substantial" amount of business because of the more than $19 billion allocated for healthcare I.T. spending in the federal stimulus plan.  The company, called Anyware Mobile Solutions offers its Reform XT mobile-centered solution to any business looking to cut back on workflow and increase...
By Brian Dolan February 18, 2009
Even though the FDA recently began an open dialog with the wireless medical device community over mHealth regulation, enforcement of federal quality regulations at labs that develop medical devices has been scaled back by the FDA, according to a recent report by the Project on Government Oversight. FDA inspections of "good laboratory practices" at facilities that do early testing of medical...
By Brian Dolan February 18, 2009
  Justin Goforth, Whitman-Walker Clinic There's no doubt that the Obama administration is looking to embrace technology to better the healthcare system, mobile technologies included. The AIDS.gov site has continued their ongoing four part series on using text messaging for appointment and medication reminders: This week's post focuses on cost. (Previous posts focused on the why and how of text...
By Brian Dolan February 18, 2009
While the more than $19 billion stimulus funds for healthcare I.T. don't specify it--they will help mHealth, PHR providers and health monitoring devices generate up to $460 million in revenue come 2013, according to a recent report by Parks Associates. The key is to target the disease management (DM) industry. Parks points not only to the Obama administration's stimulus package and reform plans,...
By Brian Dolan February 18, 2009
Carnegie Mellon's CyLab MRC hosted a number of wireless health luminaries last week--we already covered the talk by Microsoft--now the CyLab blog has a post covering Qualcomm Vice President for Business Development in Health and Life Sciences Don Jones' presentation, called "Wireless Health Connectivity Collapses Time and Space." "There are four billion cell phones in use in the world today,"...
By Brian Dolan February 17, 2009
CardioNet, the wireless-enabled cardiac monitoring company, once again reported stellar financials despite the current economic downturn. Quarterly revenue increased nearly 44 percent year-on-year while annual revenue increased 65 percent. The company has about $58 million in cash-on-hand and judging by many of the prepared statements attributed to the company's interim CEO, it sounds like...
By Brian Dolan February 17, 2009
More mobile health-related news is trickling out of the big wireless conference: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: The largest wireless carrier in Australia, Telstra is looking to healthcare as an opportunity during the worldwide economic downturn. "But crisis can also breed innovation and opportunities," Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo told MarketWatch. As the recent Vodafone+U.N. mHealth...
By Brian Dolan February 17, 2009
Forum Nokia announced the winners of its global Calling All Innovators contest, which aims to incentivize the creation of mobile applications that help improve life on the planet: Out of some 1,000 submitted applications a mobile health application from Ghana took second place in the Emerging Markets category. mPedigree, from Ghana, lets users send a free text message to determine the quality of...

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