May 8, 2013
At the American Telemedicine Association in Austin Texas, Nonin showed off its newest product, the Nonin 3230 Bluetooth Smart-enabled pulse oximeter. The product is still awaiting FDA 510(K) clearance, but the product is on track to be the first wireless pulse oximeter to use the low energy communication protocol, also known as Bluetooth 4 or Bluetooth LE.
The device is worn on the fingertip with...
April 3, 2013
The Fitbit Flex is a Bluetooth 4.0- enabled activity tracker.
Bluetooth 4.0. or Bluetooth Smart, is emerging as the leading connectivity protocol for fitness devices, and the medical market is likely to follow soon, according to industry analysts in statements released by the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth SIG announced that since 2008 it has qualified 142 medical products and 56 fitness products.
March 12, 2013
After almost exactly four years, Johnson & Johnson company LifeScan has announced the launch of a Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter and companion iPhone app similar to the one the company showed off on-stage at an Apple World Wide Developer's Conference in 2009 for the launch of iPhone 3.0. As MobiHealthNews exclusively reported following the Apple presentation, the LifeScan demonstration was...
January 24, 2013
Last year Misfit Wearables' activity monitoring device Shine met its goal of raising $100,000 on Indiegogo in less than 10 hours after launching on the crowdfunding site. Last week Misfit's two month campaign came to close with about $846,000 raised from almost 8,000 people from 64 countries and all 50 states.
All told, the company now has pre-orders for about 10,000 Shine devices, which it aims...
October 18, 2012
Embedded Wireless Labs, a Dallas-based maker of a remote patient monitoring platform and a new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), has signed an exclusive deal with AT&T to add 4G LTE connectivity to its products.
AT&T will provide the ultrafast mobile data service for continuous monitoring of the elderly, people with chronic diseases and others recently discharged from...
July 7, 2010
WiFi Infusion pumps for MA hospital: Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a nonprofit, acute-care facility in Milford, Massachusetts, has deployed Aruba's HIPAA-compliant 802.11n Wi-Fi networks for telemetry monitoring, voice communications, and guest access. The network supports 150 wireless Baxter Sigma infusion pumps. Future apps include hospital-wide Spectralink and ASCOM voice...
June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...
June 15, 2010
Castlight launches with $60 million: Lots of buzz this week about Castlight Health, an online healthcare price-compare service has raised $60 milllion in funding, some of which came from Cleveland Clinic. The startups founders include Relay Health founder Giovanni Colella and athenahealth co-founder Todd Park, who left Castlight to join the Obama Administration. Grocery store chain, Safeway is...
May 6, 2010
Some Beacon grant money goes to SMS alerts: At least a part of the $220 million in grant monies that make up the Beacon Community program will fund mobile technologies in healthcare. A consortium in California headed up by UCSD Medical Center received some $15.3 million in grant monies to improve its EMR systems so doctors could more easily share information. According to a report from Sign On...
April 27, 2010
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has teamed up with Ideal Life to pilot a wireless remote monitoring system that aims to help users better manage their high blood pressure. The Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) will direct the program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging.