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By Brian Dolan 03:40 pm 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 01:57 am 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 04:55 pm 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,...
By Brian Dolan 08:51 am April 27, 2010
Last week the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled “Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home.” The hearing focused on the  benefits of remote patient monitoring, the need for more broadband, the special health care needs of the senior population and the obstacles presented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...
By Brian Dolan 01:01 am April 8, 2010
The week that was in wireless health includes developments across a number of topics: business model (Best Buy again), devices (iPad, more), policy (mHealth in health reform), interoperability (WiThings?), innovation (Nokia made a big move), and much, much more. Here are some highlights from the week: iPad, iPad, iPad. Let's start with the iPad since that's been struggling for some attention...
By Brian Dolan 10:51 am April 7, 2010
Last summer we reported on GE Healthcare's proposal to the FCC that the agency dedicate about 40 MHz of spectrum for medical body area networks (MBANs). The FCC recently put out a call for comments on the proposal and received an interesting one from Philips, according to a report from ZDNet. Philips suggests that the FCC consider allocating spectrum to enable MBANs to use the spectrum inside a...
By Brian Dolan 10:21 am April 7, 2010
Can broadband really save healthcare? So asks a recent column from HealthLeaders, which parsed apart the healthcare related chapter in the FCC's recently published National Broadband Plan. (Check out excerpts from the plan that we published here, here and here.) HealthLeaders points out that technology alone is not the answer to healthcare's woes -- an oft sung song that, we admit, deserves an...
By Brian Dolan 01:59 am March 18, 2010
One federal agency suggesting ways that another federal agency might better do its job is commonplace in Washington D.C., but it's of particular interest for this editor when the topic is mobile health. Within the FCC's 360 page National Broadband Plan, which it unveiled earlier this week, there is a full chapter and some two dozen pages about healthcare. The FCC calls connected health "eCare"...
By Brian Dolan 12:34 pm March 17, 2010
This week MobiHealthNews had a chance to discuss wireless health trends and activities at the West Wireless Health Institute with the Institute's new CEO Don Casey. We asked Casey to list five things the WWHI will accomplish in 2010, to point to some of the key challenges facing the wireless health industry and more. MobiHealthNews: Name five things the WWHI will accomplish this year. Casey: 1)...
By Brian Dolan 07:30 am March 16, 2010
While few mobile health companies or services are specifically named within the FCC's 360-page  National Broadband Plan, which it published this morning, one "newly released" smartphone application received high praise from the agency as a "glimpse" of the potential equipping consumers with health data can have on health outcomes. According to AsthmaMD's website, medical doctor and researcher Sam...