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By Chris Gullo January 11, 2012
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to develop a mobile app that helps it collect information and send out alerts about adverse reactions to experimental medications prescribed during public health crises. The agency realized the need for such an app during the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak. The need for the app became apparent while the FDA was handling 2009's H1N1 influenza...
By Neil Versel November 22, 2011
With mobile healthcare growing as rapidly as it has, it was only a matter of time before the largest health IT trade group refined its efforts in this segment. That time is now. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is in the process of launching mHIMSS, its mobile initiative. mHIMSS began taking individual registrations among current HIMSS members on Nov. 2 and will...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2011
After two years of research and a joint effort between groups of security experts working at separate academic institutions, a professor and a graduate student showed attendees at hacker conferences Black Hat and Defcon how to build a "cheap" $1,000 system to mimic the control mechanism on a pacemaker. The researchers were able to eavesdrop on private data that identified the patient, doctor,...
By Brian Dolan August 15, 2011
Healthcare benefit services provider Medagate announced a partnership this week with ReadyWireless to offer free mobile phones to Medicaid members on its OTCMedicaid card platform.  Medagate offers prepaid cards under their OTCNetwork that Medicaid members can use on eligible items in pharmacies and stores. ReadyWireless aggregates Lifeline wireless service offerings and can provide Lifeline...
By Brian Dolan June 25, 2010
By Jon Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association The funny thing about “mHealth” is that it has taken on such a cult-like status among investors, industry and the media. Certainly the potential for the use of mHealth in the delivery of healthcare is huge and it may have an impact on other parts of healthcare such as chronic care management, emergency response services and the role and...
By Brian Dolan June 24, 2010
If you travel as much as I do you've no doubt seen air traffic controllers setting up the wheel chocks in front of and behind airplanes' wheels. While I'm sure those little chocks are a last line of defense for an errant airplane, it always seems to me their removal would result in a rolling 747. Here's a relatively simple idea that would get the massive mobile health opportunity rolling. This...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2010
Tuesday, around 3 in the morning, San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer used his iPhone to self-diagnose (correctly!) his appendicitis. While Stauffer was upstate in San Francisco for an away game, the MobiHealthNews team was down in San Diego for the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event. On the first day, the WLSA Investors' Summit, TripleTree and the alliance awarded three companies I Awards:...
By Brian Dolan May 12, 2010
We are holding Senate hearings to address reimbursement barriers for eCare and wireless health services, Dr. Mohit Kaushal, the director of healthcare at the FCC said during a presentation at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance here in La Jolla, CA. The federal government is going to focus on cost cutting, Kaushal said, as it might has allocated $10 billion through 2019 for the creation of a CMS...
By Brian Dolan May 6, 2010
This week in mobile health news comes a punchy one-liner from an industry thoughtleader: mHealth, think of it as "personal health reform." That's the MobiHealthNews quote of the week from health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. 72 percent: Manhattan Research also disclosed a new industry metric that's sure to be kicked around for the next year: 72 percent of US physicians currently use smartphones....
By Brian Dolan May 5, 2010
Following the publication of the FCC National Broadband Plan a new term entered the mobile health and connected health industries' lexicon: "eCare." The FCC adopted this term to serve as an umbrella concept for "the electronic exchange of information -- data, images and video -- to aid in the practice of medicine and advanced analytics. Encompasses technologies that enable video consultation,...