December 21, 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers has published a report over the weekend that examines ways by which the healthcare industry might "squeeze" more cost savings our of the system. As you might imagine connected health solutions are a consistent theme throughout much of the report. Here's how it breaks down:
Telecommunications service providers: PwC notes that big telecom companies including Verizon, AT&T...
December 9, 2009
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston has just inked a wireless network boost deal with Verizon Wireless to install and maintain a signal booster in the facility. The system Verizon Wireless will install was built by Molitoris, a distributed antenna systems (DAS) vendor:
"The system that Molitoris built is a hybrid between information technology and telecommunication," said David...
December 8, 2009
By Christine Chang, Healthcare Technology Analyst, Ovum
mHealth: The Buzzword of 2009
The 2009 healthcare technology buzzword was ‘mHealth,’ or mobile health. Ovum has seen a moderate, but steadily increasing interest in mobile health over the year as the phrase began appearing with increasing frequency in the media and at conferences. Unlike the last healthcare IT buzzword, real time radio...
December 7, 2009
"These days, everybody is talking about medical care: Who gets it? Who pays for it? Who decides?" Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T, told the Star Ledger in a recent interview. Miller is a veteran of the wireless carrier's research labs. "But few people are working on a technology solution that would lower costs and make medical care better at the same time."...
November 23, 2009
Hollywood-based physician group Wound Technology Network (WTN) inked a two-year agreement with AT&T to provide its certified wound care specialists with HTC FUZE smartphones running on AT&T's wireless network. WTN has had a longstanding agreement with Verizon Wireless to provide laptop data cards to its physicians who were looking to wirelessly access patient records, treatment visuals...
November 9, 2009
According to the CDC, one in three people 65-years-old and older fall each year, and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, mostly caused by falls. Also, one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. As we have noted before, wireless sensors can play a big role in fall prevention. Hospitals are currently testing the $100 iShoe for some patients; AT&T, Texas Instruments...
October 12, 2009
According to a recent report from Pike & Fischer, the market for telemedicine devices and services will climb to $3.6 billion in annual revenue over the next five years largely thanks for a push from wireless technologies, data compression and smartphones. Telemedicine will be dominated by wireless technologies during that time period: More than 70 percent of telemedicine will be wireless...
October 9, 2009
AT&T has inked a deal to let Vitality's smart pillbox cap offering, GlowCaps, run on its wireless network. The service is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a new, smart lid that uses short-range wireless technology to monitor when a pillbox is open and when it isn't. It uses a close-range wireless signal to connect to a gateway hub...
September 30, 2009
"Wireless carriers are really behind wireless health," Rob Mesirow, Vice President, CTIA, the international association for the wireless industry told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. Wireless healthcare has quickly become a true product category for the wireless industry during the past six months, Mesirow explained.
"You don't typically see a product category emerge and get that kind of...
September 24, 2009
Changes for 510(k) in 2011? The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a review of its 510(k) review procedure, which has come under fire by both safety advocates and government watchdogs, the report said. The nonprofit Institute of Medicine will conduct the two-year review of the 510k procedure. More
On managing de-centralized care: "There seems to exist almost an...