November 5, 2011
Pagers for healthcare are going the way of the dodo, according to middleware healthcare device maker Amcom. MobiHealthNews recently spoke to Amcom president Chris Heim and mobile product manager Brian Edds about their company's place in the evolving mHealth industry.
"When it comes to medical devices, input devices [oximeters, blood pressure monitors, glucometers, etc.] and output devices [...
September 30, 2011
Amcom Software announced this week FDA 510(k) clearance for its Amcom (Commtech) Messenger middleware as a class II medical device intended for hospital use.
The Amcom Messenger middleware sends critical secondary notifications from patient monitoring and other alert systems to staff carrying wireless communication devices, including smartphones, pagers, and Wi-Fi phones.
"Systems like this --...
August 17, 2011
Amcom announced this week an update to their Amcom Mobile Connect software, which now supports Cisco wireless IP phones and Cius tablets in addition to BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android smartphones. The mobile application allows clinicians and administrators to send encrypted messages of high importance, including code calls, to distinguish them from less-important SMS messages and calls.
July 23, 2011
While the year is little more than halfway through, 2011 has already seen at least ten acquisitions for mobile health companies. Here's a roundup of memorable ones:
Soon-Shiong Buys Vitality-GlowCaps: In February pharma entrepreneur and billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong acquired Vitality, the company that developed GlowCaps. Vitality CEO David Rose stated in the company press release that while...
October 6, 2010
Pagers to smartphones -- a long road: CIO.com has a lengthy report on the trials and tribulations of hospitals replacing pagers system-wide with smartphones and paging apps. The article chronicles Emory's slow switch to an all mobile phone solution from Amcom. "There's lots of underlying issues that have to be worked out," says Jay Flanagan, senior manager of the messaging team at Atlanta-based...
September 7, 2010
NHS Trusts tap iBleep for wireless remote monitoring: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom each signed a deal with iBleep for its Hybrid system, which enables on-call doctors with critical patient information transmitted from hospital ward nurses via a wireless network. eHealth Insider
Interview with Vocera President and COO Brent Lang on the...
April 27, 2010
GE Healthcare announced a deal to integrate its patient monitoring platform with Ascom Wireless Solutions' wireless VoIP phones, pagers and DECT handsets. The companies say the deal will enable hospitals to customize, filter and send secondary alarms to clinicians’ Ascom Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, pagers and Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) handsets.
GE and Ascom point to a...