February 15, 2013
Telemedicine seems to have been swept up in the contentious abortion debate, as Texas has effectively banned the remote prescribing of "abortion pills" and several states are considering similar restrictions. But some proposed legislation may have the side effect of curtailing telemedicine in many other, less-controversial cases, while mobile technologies may provide a means of getting around the...
May 3, 2012
Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak
This week brought a good number of mobile health stories out of the American Telemedicine Association event down in San Jose, California. Here's a quick roundup of some of the ones we found worthwhile.
AT&T announced a deal with VRI, an Ohio-based company that offers remote monitoring services, medication adherence tracking dispensers, and other medical alert...
February 7, 2012
At some point this Spring, and perhaps as early as April, Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, plans to introduce a bill that would help ease some of the biggest barriers currently facing telehealth. The expected bill, which is still being drafted, would streamline licensure portability for physicians and make it easier for them to practice telemedicine in more than one state.
August 11, 2011
Telemedicine is no longer “turning the corner," American Telemedicine Association (ATA) CEO Jon Linkous wrote in a recent blog post.
"For years we talked about reaching the point when telemedicine services became self-sustaining outside of temporary grants, going from promise to reality," wrote Linkous. "We have long passed the point of telemedicine being a new application. After eighteen years...
July 18, 2011
The American Telemedicine Assocation (ATA) sent a public letter to the FCC last week, criticizing the agency for inaction on a rural healthcare program. The letter was signed by ATA CEO Jonathan D. Linkous and addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
In the sixteen months since the commission adopted the National Broadband plan, according to Linkous, there has been a "great silence" on the...
June 23, 2011
In 2007, then-Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen got on stage at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C. and expressed his frustration with the slow pace of progress in health IT. "Enough with the grants, enough with the conferences, enough with the pilot programs,” he told the audience.
I caught up with him a couple of months ago at the Microsoft Connected Health Conference in Chicago. "...
May 4, 2011
This week at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) conference in Tampa, Florida MobiHealthNews sat down with Marty Cooper, the inventor of the modern cellphone to discuss mobile health's future, tech hype, current challenges and more. The New York Times' technology columnist David Pogue interviewed Cooper on-stage at the event during a plenary session this past Sunday, but their...
April 28, 2011
Conference season is upon us once again. During the next week I'll be making a couple cross country trips to attend various mobile health events in DC, Florida, and California.
The events begin today with the West Wireless Health Institute's Health Care Innovation event in DC. This afternoon I'll be moderating a panel of mobile health companies that have already secured FDA 510(k) clearance:...
November 24, 2010
Future plans for WellDoc? WellDoc has considered "including glucometer technology in cell phones and vice versa, as well as using location-based information to suggest menu items at nearby restaurants that would best suit a person's current blood sugar," according to this interview. Wireless Week
If you're concerned about efficacy, this is worth a read: Why remote patient monitoring is over-hyped...
September 2, 2010
At the beginning of the summer, the American Telemedicine Association's President Jon Linkous wrote a somewhat scathing critique of the hype that surrounded (and continues to surround) all things mHealth. This past week Eric Dishman, an Intel Fellow and director of health innovation and policy for Intel's Digital Health Group, argued convincingly that right now mHealth is at the apex of the hype...