August 10, 2010
A group of researchers that reviewed 25 studies has concluded that remote monitoring of patients with chronic heart disease cuts healthcare costs, improves quality of life and reduces the number of hospital admissions. The review included results from some 9.500 patients. It compared telephone and remote monitoring to standard care.
The group that used telephone support were patients who provided...
August 2, 2010
To date, WellDoc's DiabetesManager is one of the few mobile health apps to have gone through an RCT.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted WellDoc 510(k) clearance to market its WellDoc DiabetesManager System to care providers and adult patients with type 2 diabetes. Next: WellDoc plans to commercially launch the WellDoc DiabetesManager System in early 2011.
July 8, 2010
“You are not going to get paid for cool ideas. You are not going to get paid for saving lives. You are not going to get paid for anything unless you can prove that you can save them money.”
If that sounds familiar, it may be because I started an editorial with those same words almost a year ago today. Or maybe you heard CardioNet founder (now Patient Safe Solutions CEO) James Sweeney speak at the...
May 5, 2010
Wireless health luminary joins LiveStrong: LiveStrong.com, Lance Armstrong's site, a destination for health, fitness and lifestyle-related information, has tapped Dr. Leslie Anne Saxon, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar, and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, as its new chief medical advisor. Dr. Saxon will also...
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....
March 30, 2010
The first presentation at MobiHealthNews Presents: Everywhere Healthcare event last week was a spirited talk given by Mohr Davidow Venture General Partner Michael Goldberg. Goldberg led MDV's investment in wireless health company Corventis and is actively seeking out other wireless health startups with a clinical focus. (Re-read our interview with Goldberg from last year for more on his team's...
February 3, 2010
We reported earlier this week that Houston, TX-based wireless cardiac monitoring startup, eCardio had monitored about 20,000 patients to date. Today, CardioNet, one of the first wireless cardiac companies to go to market has announced that it just passed 300,000 patients monitored by its Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) service.
“With 300,000 patients having now benefited from our MCOT...
February 3, 2010
During his keynote this morning at the mHI event in Washington D.C., the FCC's Digital Healthcare Director Dr. Mohit Kaushal pointed to Haiti earthquake survivor Dan Woolley's use of an iPhone first aid application to treat his own compound fractured leg and head wound: "This miraculous story would not have been possible a few years ago... but it's just the tip of the ice berg," Kaushal said....
January 19, 2010
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis' Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. -- Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system -- last April. According to the company...
January 11, 2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs invited onstage Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), to discuss the wireless health trend. (Qualcomm is a key supporter of the WWHI.)
Topol's talk included mentions of a half dozen different wireless health devices including...