chronic disease management

By Brian Dolan 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
By Brian Dolan June 17, 2009
CTIA-The Wireless Association® Hosts a Technology and Policy Forum on mHealth Solutions for America’s Chronic Care Crisis Medical and Policy Experts to discuss mobile wireless solutions for reducing the cost of treating chronic disease in America As President Barack Obama recently noted, “The crushing cost of healthcare causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds.”  In the U.S., the total...
By Brian Dolan April 20, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance's Executive Director Chuck Parker moderated a few sessions at the World Health Care Congress last week in Washington D.C. and also gave a brief presentation on the Alliance's mandate. Interestingly, Parker revealed that Continua is considering the television set-top box as one potential hub for wireless health devices. Continua is an organization created as a non-...
By Brian Dolan April 13, 2009
According to a report from Signs of the Times, "two major drugs companies" in the UK are set to begin clinical trials of Proteus Biomedical's wireless pill technology, Raisin. Trials will reportedly commence within the next 12 months. Imperial College London cardiologist and professor Nick Peters will coordinate the trials. "This is all about empowering patients and their families because it...