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By MHN Staff May 24, 2012
Photo Credit: Paul Savage Photography By Padma Nagappan David Sayen, regional administrator for the western states with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, recalled meeting Rob McCray, president and CEO of WLSA back in 2006 when the iPhone was not even out yet: "Rob talked about wireless technology and I wondered 'what's this guy talking about?'" Sayen recalled during his keynote...
By Brian Dolan February 8, 2012
A new iPad app intended for use by in-field Medicare sales agents aims to make the Medicare enrollment process more efficient by cutting down on paperwork, costs, and processing time. The app, called the iPad Mobile Field Enrollment app, was developed by DRX. The company already has plans to license the app to seven health plan carriers. "Large Medicare plan sponsors process hundreds of thousands...
By Neil Versel November 22, 2011
With mobile healthcare growing as rapidly as it has, it was only a matter of time before the largest health IT trade group refined its efforts in this segment. That time is now. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is in the process of launching mHIMSS, its mobile initiative. mHIMSS began taking individual registrations among current HIMSS members on Nov. 2 and will...
By Brian Dolan September 27, 2010
Dr. Mohit Kaushal, director of Connected Health at the Federal Communications Commission, has joined the West Wireless Health Institute as its new Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer. Kaushal is tasked with identifying and pursuing opportunities that help the WWHI fulfill its mission to bring down healthcare costs. Kaushal's role also includes making...
By Brian Dolan July 7, 2010
More bad news on the reimbursement front for CardioNet and other mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry service providers: United Healthcare told the company that it is maintaining its position that “outpatient cardiovascular telemetry is unproven for managing cardiac arrhythmias" and as a result it will not cover the service for its members. CardioNet, of course, disagrees and promised to continue...
By Brian Dolan June 28, 2010
Bayer's new hemophilia A app: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals today launched FactorTrack, the first customizable mobile application for people with hemophilia A. FactorTrack is a free, personal and interactive mobile application that helps make it easier to track and record hemophilia factor VIII infusions. More CardioNet disappointed in CMS again: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2010
"The wireless health industry needs to focus more on lower cost solutions," West Wireless Health Institute CEO Don Casey told MobiHealthNews during an interview at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance this week. "Instead, the industry is too focused on leveraging specific technologies to deliver a wireless data set that only increases utilization of the system and therefore costs. If we are able...
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2010
Following the publication of the FCC National Broadband Plan a new term entered the mobile health and connected health industries' lexicon: "eCare." The FCC adopted this term to serve as an umbrella concept for "the electronic exchange of information -- data, images and video -- to aid in the practice of medicine and advanced analytics. Encompasses technologies that enable video consultation,...
By Brian Dolan April 29, 2010
$1.2B ending to the Palm scuttlebutt: Hewlett-Packard announced plans to acquire Palm for about $1.2 billion in cash. The Wall Street Journal summed the deal up nicely: The deal ends "the scuttlebutt about what would happen to the once-pioneering smartphone maker, [which] has come onto hard times as others have surpassed Palm's presence in the sector." Perhaps the medical industry more than...
By Brian Dolan April 28, 2010
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), one of the chairs of the Senate's Committee on Aging, held up at least four wireless health devices during the Senate hearing last week: Nonin's Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeter, MedApps' HealthPal, Corventis' PiiX sensor and another one which we are working to identify, but looks like it might be a transdermal medication delivery patch made by Isis Biopolymer....