May 31, 2012
We first encountered plans for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in early 2010, when many of the center's goals were laid out in a 25 page (mostly mobile) health-focused chapter of the FCC's National Broadband Plan. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act, Congress allocated $10 billion through the year 2019 to fund the creation of what was then called the CMS Innovation...
May 30, 2012
Last week at a Brookings Institute forum examining how mobile technology influences health innovation, Brookings vice president and director of governance studies Darrell M. West repeatedly said that the Federal Communications Commission needed to open up dedicated wireless spectrum for healthcare use.
Two days later, the FCC approved a proposal to open up some of the spectrum—reclaimed when the...
October 4, 2010
Adherence apps "unpleasant" to use: The New York Times has reviewed a handful of medication adherence apps (seemingly picked at random), choice quote: "I tried some apps that remind users to take their medications, including MedsLog, Medsy, MotionPHR Health Record Manager and others. Appropriately enough, the experience was like ingesting medicine — an unpleasant chore, but good for you." NYTimes...
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...
September 15, 2010
Google and Spectrum Bridge have outfitted a rural community hospital in Logan, Ohio with a WiFi and WiMAX network that runs over unused TV white spaces spectrum. The Hocking Valley Community Clinic has been trialling the white spaces-based network for the past year under a one-year study originally greenlit by the FCC back in 2008.
As noted in its National Broadband Plan, the FCC is keen to...