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By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2019
Cohealo, a Boston-based startup that uses technology to help hospitals track and share medical equipment, has appointed Dr. Todd Rothenhaus as its new CEO. Former CEO Brett Reed has moved into the role of president. Rothenhaus’s experience includes a stint as chief medical officer at athenahealth as well as another as chief information officer at Steward Health Care. “In addition to his...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
It looks like Apple's not yet done with Beddit, the sleep-tracking device startup it acquired in May 2017. An FCC filing uncovered by VentureBeat suggests strongly that the company is planning to launch a new version of the device, likely with more traditional Apple design but retaining the Beddit brand. Launched in 2013, Beddit's under-the-sheets strap leverages ballistocardiography (BCG), a...

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By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the child of two doctors. So for him, the FCC's role in providing healthcare services, via telehealth, to rural communities is personal. "When I was a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s, my dad, who was a urologist in the small town of Parsons, Kansas would often hit the road," Pai said today in an address to the Connected Health Conference in Boston. "He would drive 45...
By Laura Lovett August 6, 2018
Veterans as well as rural and low-income Americans may have more access to telemedicine in the future after the FCC unanimously voted to approve a proposal establishing a “Connected Care Pilot Program” on Aug. 2. The next step for the pilot, which is estimated to cost $100 million, is a comment period.  “Broadband-enabled telehealth services like these can significantly improve Americans’ health...
telehealth pilot announced from FCC for rural providers

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By Laura Lovett July 12, 2018
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr have teamed up to propose a new telemedicine initiative that aims to support people at home and prevent hospital readmission, specifically among low-income individuals. The pair are seeking $100 million for the new initiative, called the “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program is designed to help people who are low-income, veterans...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2018
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.  “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every...
By Jonah Comstock May 22, 2018
FCC commissioners united on telemedicine. In an editorial in the Boston Globe yesterday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and former commissioner Newton N. Minow presented a unified front on the importance of rural telemedicine. In the article, Pai and Minow stressed the importance of high-speed internet in rural communities and interstate licensing compacts to make sure communities can fully benefit. "...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2017
When Texas passed its telemedicine law in May, Teladoc told MobiHealthNews that the passage of the law would functionally end the long lawsuit between Teladoc and the Texas State Medical Board. Last week that became official, as the telemedicine company officially announced the end of the suit.  "Effective today, Teladoc has voluntarily dismissed the longstanding lawsuit in Texas," the company...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2017
RapidSOS, a 4-year-old startup with roots at Harvard and MIT, has raised $14 million to, at long last, bring 9-1-1 and other first responder networks into the smartphone age. The roster of backers for the round includes three former FCC Chairmen and the investment arms of Motorola and Triple A, in addition to a number of other investors. Highland Capital Partners led the round with participation...

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