chronic disease management

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...
By Brian Dolan 07:03 am March 8, 2010
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Project HealthDesign team has awarded a total of $2.4 million to five research teams that each aim to determine how patient-recorded observations of daily living (ODLs) can be captured and included into clinical care. RWJF notes that most of the programs make use of smartphones and wireless sensors to gather and capture ODLs, including diet, exercise,...
By Brian Dolan 06:01 am February 10, 2010
HITECH enables health app future? Vince Kuraitis over at e-Caremanagement has penned a though-provoking post: "If you rethink health care, just about ANY technology or service can be reconceptualized as an app that COULD run on a common platform. Mull this over for a while. Let’s take remote patient monitoring (RPM) as an example," Kuraitis writes. "In the past if you want to provide RPM for your...
By Brian Dolan 04:48 am February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
By Brian Dolan 12:03 pm January 27, 2010
MiLife, a start-up that Unilever Corporate Research (UCR) spun out in 2008, announced $4 million in new funding followed by a name change and new strategy. MiLife has changed its name to Imperative Health and shifted its focus to chronic disease management, especially: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol. Unilever Ventures and New Venture Partners participated in the...
By Brian Dolan 05:56 am January 4, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring company MedApps announced that it has received ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which subsequently led to a CE Mark certification and CMDCAS approval, enabling the company to market its products throughout Europe and Canada. To date, MedApps has secured two FDA clearances, various FCC certifications, AT&T and...
By Brian Dolan 07:00 am December 22, 2009
There's been a lot of talk this past year about the opportunity wireless health could present for people with diabetes who already carry around self-monitoring devices: Why not use a better, connected one? Well, two studies published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this month might have a reason: They conclude that blood glucose monitoring more often than seven times per week is not...
By Brian Dolan 05:50 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 08:50 am December 17, 2009
Earlier this year, Boston-based health system Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health spun out a startup initially focused on a high blood pressure management service. The startup was temporarily named "Connected Health," while it shopped around for venture capital and a better brand name. Today the Center for Connected Health announced that the startup will be called SmartBeat....
By Brian Dolan 12:06 am December 17, 2009
MobiHealthNews had the opportunity to interview George MacGinnis with the Assistive Technology Programme at the NHS Connecting for Health in the UK at the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London earlier this month. MacGinnis explained the differences between telecare and telehealth, how the UK enjoys a lead on the US and other countries when it comes to some telemedicine penetration rates,...