chronic disease management

By Brian Dolan 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 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 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 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 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 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 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,...
By Brian Dolan December 16, 2009
According to industry consulting firm Wireless Healthcare's principal analyst Peter Kruger, there are more than 30 million people in the US that are caregivers for a family member, typically an older family member. Wireless Healthcare believes that providing this "hidden army" of healthcare workers with the right tools could help reduce the costs of healthcare expenditures. Wireless Healthcare is...
By Brian Dolan December 15, 2009
Close to 70 percent of parents with children who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes had a "very positive" review of a mobile phone glucometer prototype that Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health developed. More than 50 percent of the parents expressed interest in signing up for a service that includes such a device, according to result from an online survey. Nearly 30 percent of parents...
By Brian Dolan November 24, 2009
Intel announced a whole slew of new customers for its Intel Health Guide in the U.S., including the Veterans Affairs (VA) Rural Resource Center Western Region, Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, Indiana; Nightingale Home Healthcare of Indiana; and all seven independently owned offices of the Home Care Group. The Intel Health Guide is an FDA-cleared remote patient monitoring system...