chronic disease management

By Jonah Comstock 09:13 am March 1, 2013
A screenshot from Exco's clinical trial software. One of our predictions at the start of the year was that 2013 would be a year for pharma to make big moves in mobile health. European pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has begun that process, announcing a pilot, in partnership with Exco InTouch, to address chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the UK using mobile and online tools....
By Brian Dolan 07:44 am January 28, 2013
Early screenshot of Basis Band's dashboard Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of American adults track their own health data, however, most aren't using digital technologies to do so. About 69 percent of US adults track at least one health indicator, according to a national survey called Tracking for Health, conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. About 60 percent...
By Jonah Comstock 12:09 pm December 10, 2012
Tom Daschle (D - S.D.) A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project, led by former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), says that mobile health is a promising avenue for increasing patient engagement, which should be one of the major goals of health care reform. But barriers to mobile adoption and increased engagement include lack of awareness,...
By Neil Versel 01:58 pm November 28, 2012
AFrame Digital, a Reston, Va.-based maker of telemonitoring technology, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to sell its MobileCare Monitor as a Class II medical device in the US. The company has had less-stringent Class I approval for its flagship monitoring product since 2009. MobileCare Monitor is a wristwatch-like device that offers continuous, real-time monitoring for seniors, people...
By Neil Versel 03:43 am August 21, 2012
Less than two years after its founding, the Intel-GE Care Innovations joint venture is making some changes to its product line and operating structure to reflect a new emphasis on care coordination and senior living, including aging in place. Care Innovations, which Intel and GE Healthcare set up in January 2011, is considering whether to sell or discontinue Intel Reader, a text-to-speech...
By Brian Dolan 07:26 am April 28, 2012
Misfit Wearables, a wearable devices startup founded by AgaMatrix co-founders Sonny Vu and Sridhar Iyengar and former Apple CEO John Sculley, recently raised a $7.6 million round of funding co-led by Brian Singerman of the Founders Fund. According to a report in TechCrunch, the other as-yet-unnamed lead venture capital firm was Khosla Ventures. Singerman also led the Founders Fund investment in...
By Brian Dolan 11:30 am October 7, 2010
Biosign Technologies has agreed to buy Healthanywhere, a privately held mobile health startup for $4.3 million (Canadian Dollars) in stock. The deal is still contingent on a final asset purchase agreement and approval from TSX Venture Exchange, where Biosign is listed. The companies said they expect the deal to close by early next week, however. Healthanywhere offers a mobile platform for...
By Brian Dolan 06:22 am October 5, 2010
According to reports coming out of the CEATEC conference in Japan, Fujitsu has unveiled a concept phone that the Continua Health Alliance has certified for meeting its guidelines of interoperability with personal health devices. While the concept phone's name has yet to be released, the phone at the CEATEC Fujitsu booth getting the most attention is a dual-screen, touch screen device reminiscent...
By Brian Dolan 06:51 am 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. Here's...
By Brian Dolan 08:41 pm March 24, 2010
On page 526 of the more than 2,300 page healthcare reform bill that President Barack Obama signed earlier this week is a proposal for states to support the use of wireless health technology for chronic disease management: "A proposal for use of health information technology in providing health home services under this section and improving service delivery and coordination across the care...