Bluetooth

By  Brian Dolan 12:27 am January 14, 2010
For many years I avoided the Consumer Electronics Show. Too big, I was told. Too much noise -- not enough news. With my focus on the wireless industry at the time, this advice was mostly true -- for many years CES was not an event where companies made wireless-related news. Then -- seemingly suddenly -- CES became one of the most popular places to launch mobile phones, announce new mobile...
By  Brian Dolan 05:14 am January 12, 2010
Anthem Blue Cross, the trade name for Blue Cross of California, announced plans last week to work with wireless health company Ideal Life on a pilot program for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients called CARE (Congestive Heart Failure Ambulatory Remote monitoring and Engagement). Ideal Life is providing its wireless body weight scales for in-home use in an effort to leverage remote monitoring...
By  Brian Dolan 06:40 am January 6, 2010
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, according to the Centers for Disease Control. What's more: one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. Existing devices that aid those who fall enable them to call for help after the fall, in other words, once the damage has been done. Another...
By  Brian Dolan 07:06 am December 30, 2009
Entra Health Systems, an applied healthcare technology developer, is powering a mobile phone-based diabetes management service recently launched on Australian wireless operator Telstra's network. The service is called the Telstra Diabetes Management Online Service in Australia, and it includes Entra's MyGlucoHealth Wireless meter, Bluetooth technology and the user's mobile phone. Entra is calling...
By  Brian Dolan 06:48 am December 30, 2009
Halo Monitoring, a developer of wireless health remote monitoring technology, announced a deal with A&D Medical this past week. The partnership builds on Halo's myHalo web-based personal health monitoring system by including Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure cuffs. Halo Monitoring announced its product nearly one year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: myHalo...
By  Brian Dolan 11:34 am December 17, 2009
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which develops technical specs and evangelizes Bluetooth technology, announced today the formal launch of Bluetooth Low Energy, a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. Bluetooth Low Energy has already garnered the support of the Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 companies working on interoperability for personal medical devices and...
By  Brian Dolan 06:23 am November 12, 2009
By Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG With 20 million devices in the marketplace today, Bluetooth technology is already the de facto wireless standard for health and fitness devices. Whether the device is a defibrillator, weight scale, heart rate belt, glucose meter or a Wii Fit Balance Board, manufacturers have been enthusiastic in choosing Bluetooth technology as their...
By  Brian Dolan 08:27 am November 5, 2009
Two years from now mobile devices may look a lot like the touchscreen smartphones of today, according to a report in The New York Times, however, they will be as powerful as today's PC (personal computer) -- only much more personal. The Times interviewed esearchers from Nokia, MIT and Siri to get a sketch of what mobile devices will be capable of two years from now: Super sensors, tactile touch...
By  Brian Dolan 06:30 am November 3, 2009
To sleep, perchance to dream: Nearly one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night, according to a recent CDC survey. Upwards to 70 million Americans might be classified as having chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the study. While many of these restless sleeper will not turn to the healthcare system for help, there seems to be a growing interest in sleep...
By  Brian Dolan 09:25 am October 14, 2009
At the Body Computing Conference last week in Los Angeles, wireless health company Corventis demonstrated a concept iPhone app called Beating Heart, which the company created with the event's organizers. The app is a game that leverages Corventis' wireless "band-aid" sensor to transmit the players heart rate to the iPhone, which then can broadcast the heart rate over Twitter and Facebook or via...