September 30, 2009
"Wireless carriers are really behind wireless health," Rob Mesirow, Vice President, CTIA, the international association for the wireless industry told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. Wireless healthcare has quickly become a true product category for the wireless industry during the past six months, Mesirow explained.
"You don't typically see a product category emerge and get that kind of...
September 30, 2009
The wireless industry association, CTIA, asked the FCC to allocate 800 MHz of spectrum over the next six years in order to continue the "virtuous cycle" of innovation in the wireless industry: CTIA specifically points to mHealth and smart grids as recent examples. The request comes as the FCC has been working to gather information under a notice of inquiry (NOI) about a national broadband...
September 9, 2009
The largest mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DoCoMo, might bring its brand to the U.S. and offer DoCoMo wireless service over T-Mobile USA's or AT&T's network, according to reports in Japan Today and Japan Times. The reports claim that the carrier is interested in launching its advanced mobile Internet services for the U.S. market.
The news broke just a few days after NTT DoCoMo announced...
September 8, 2009
iTriage App drives web-based offering: Healthagen just announced a new web-based portal based on its iPhone application iTriage. The site offers up-to-date healthcare information, new features, and all of the existing features of the company's smartphone app. Interesting to see start-ups with popular apps leveraging that audience to drive a web-based offering. More
Wireless healthcare becoming...
August 27, 2009
Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless have officially named their machine-to-machine joint venture, nPhase, after the M2M company Qualcomm acquired a few years ago. While the new JV will certainly include healthcare applications, it also has telematics, smart grids and other key M2M markets within its focus. nPhase could become a key driver of Qualcomm's healthcare initiatives.
While on the subject of...
August 6, 2009
Every day more than 3.5 billion are sent. Some 1 trillion were exchanged throughout last year. Yes, the humble 160 character text message remains a considerably popular means of communication.
Disagree? We send more texts than we make calls: A Nielsen Mobile report last year found that U.S. mobile phone users sent an average of 357 texts per month in the second quarter of 2008 versus an average...
July 27, 2009
Recently I had the chance to discuss wireless healthcare with Leroy Jones, Jr.host of Talking Technology. Jones is a political commentator and government affairs consultant based in my old home of Washington, D.C. For more than 20 years, Jones served in federal government affairs, including stints as an aide on both sides of Capitol Hill and the Clinton White House.
Jones also hosts a political...
June 23, 2009
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the West Wireless Health Institute will soon announce plans to conduct a clinical trial with Corventis, a remote heart monitoring company. Corventis makes use of a Band Aid-like wireless sensor-enabled patch that sends heart readings through Bluetooth to a patients' iPhone or BlackBerry. The data is then transmitted to a physician's office and...
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...
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...