October 5, 2010
According to reports coming out of the CEATEC conference in Japan, Fujitsu has unveiled a concept phone that the Continua Health Alliance has certified for meeting its guidelines of interoperability with personal health devices. While the concept phone's name has yet to be released, the phone at the CEATEC Fujitsu booth getting the most attention is a dual-screen, touch screen device reminiscent...
September 29, 2010
Microsoft (finally?) joins Continue Health Alliance: According to a report in the EE Times, the Continua Health Alliance added new design guidelines for home health systems and also added a big name to its growing membership of more than 230 companies: Microsoft. I'm amazed Microsoft is just now joining Continua! I wouldn't rank them 230th on the list of companies interested in connected health...
September 22, 2010
Some quick hits and memorable quotes from Informa's second annual Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London, UK this week:
Chuck Parker, Executive Director, Continua Alliance: "Right now the market is focused on devices and services for chronic disease management. But longer term, we need to shift that focus onto supporting people who are healthy and well, too. We need to provide them with the...
August 3, 2010
Gates to discuss mHealth: Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has agreed to keynote the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health's second annual mHealth Summit taking place in Washington D.C. this November. Gates will discuss the mobile health opportunity in developing markets. He joins media mogul Ted Turner as a keynote speaker at this...
July 7, 2010
WiFi Infusion pumps for MA hospital: Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a nonprofit, acute-care facility in Milford, Massachusetts, has deployed Aruba's HIPAA-compliant 802.11n Wi-Fi networks for telemetry monitoring, voice communications, and guest access. The network supports 150 wireless Baxter Sigma infusion pumps. Future apps include hospital-wide Spectralink and ASCOM voice...
June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...
June 3, 2010
More than a year ago, Chuck Parker, The Continua Health Alliance’s executive director told a group of attendees at a healthcare industry event that Continua considered the television set-top box as one potential hub for wireless health devices.
At the end of 2009, Bluetooth SIG executive director Mike Foley told MobiHealthNews that he had noticed an uptick in interest from television makers ...
April 27, 2010
Last week the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled “Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home.”
The hearing focused on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, the need for more broadband, the special health care needs of the senior population and the obstacles presented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...
April 8, 2010
The week that was in wireless health includes developments across a number of topics: business model (Best Buy again), devices (iPad, more), policy (mHealth in health reform), interoperability (WiThings?), innovation (Nokia made a big move), and much, much more. Here are some highlights from the week:
iPad, iPad, iPad. Let's start with the iPad since that's been struggling for some attention...
April 7, 2010
Will the health reform law affect the emerging wireless health industry? Yes, of course. There are at least 21 specific provisions that will have an effect on the connected health and personal health industry. With help from the policy wonks over at the Continua Health Alliance, we have assembled the following 21 provisions that are relevant to connected health.
(We broke them into separate...