chronic disease management

By Brian Dolan 01:00 pm 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 06:13 am 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 04:25 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 06:22 am October 23, 2009
After spending the last few days at The Connected Health Symposium, which was put together by Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health and its affiliates, it's worth revisiting a contributed column that the Center's Director Joseph Kvedar penned for Healthspottr: "The Reason Why: Cheap & Easy Connected Health Tools Should Come Before EMRs." Rather controversial position to take...
By Brian Dolan 06:28 am September 25, 2009
The market for home health monitoring of chronic diseases was worth about $11 billion last year, according to a report from Berg Insight. The analyst firm estimates that the market is growing about 10 percent annually. Berg estimates that some 300 million people in the EU and the US have at least one chronic disease that may benefit from home health monitoring. Of those 300 million people, Berg...
By Brian Dolan 01:07 am September 10, 2009
The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) just published a must-read report called Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, by health economist and management consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. "Many of the entrants into this market are from outside traditional health organizations," Sarasohn-Kahn writes in her conclusion. "Health Providers, institutions...
By Brian Dolan 10:25 am August 19, 2009
Wireless devices that monitor patients' conditions and report the data to healthcare providers will show a 77 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that will create global revenues of $950 million by 2014, according to a recent report from ABI Research. "Hospitals and other healthcare providers are being economically squeezed," ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt said in a statement. "...
By Brian Dolan 06:04 am August 19, 2009
The market for remote patient monitoring is set to achieve double digit growth in North America, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, so long as successful payment strategies are implemented. Last year the remote patient monitoring market made more than $98.2 million, but the market could top $428.6 million by 2015. Frost points to direct reimbursement as one type of payment...
By Brian Dolan 07:14 am July 9, 2009
iPhone as hearing aid sounds dubious: TechCrunch points out that the industry may still have a long way to go before we see commercial launches for blood glucose monitors and blood pressure pumps that connected to the iPhone, some health and disability-related apps are available. That includes soundAMP, a hearing aid application that's available in the AppStore for $9.99. More Kaiser Permanente's...
By Brian Dolan 11:41 am June 17, 2009
"If we do not fix our healthcare system, America may go the way of GM; paying more, getting less, and going broke," President Obama declared earlier this week. "Make no mistake: the cost of our healthcare is a threat to our economy," he said. "It is a ticking time bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America." If the administration is keen on likening the...