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By Brian Dolan 07:13 am March 16, 2010
Within the healthcare chapter of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, which the agency published this morning, the FCC recommended that it work together with the FDA to clarify regulatory requirements and the approval processes for converged communications and health care devices. The FCC specifically pointed to mobile health apps, smartphone remote monitoring apps, point of care diagnostic...
By Brian Dolan 07:04 am March 16, 2010
The FCC published its 360-page National Broadband Plan today and it includes a 25 page chapter on broadband and healthcare. We pulled out one section that focuses on mobile networks and "the Future of Health" that summarizes much of the activity ongoing in the mobile health industry today. The FCC points to physicians using smartphones for remote diagnosis; consumers using mobile devices for...
By Brian Dolan 09:17 am February 10, 2010
Following the FCC's Dr. Mohit Kaushal, health care director for the National Broadband Taskforce, keynote presentation at the mHI event in Washington DC last week (our live coverage), ReadWriteWeb caught up with Kaushal to get a better sense of the key issues that give the FCC pause when it comes to strengthening their investment in health IT. Here's a quick redux: 1) Connectivity between health...
By Brian Dolan 08:03 am February 3, 2010
During his keynote this morning at the mHI event in Washington D.C., the FCC's Digital Healthcare Director Dr. Mohit Kaushal pointed to Haiti earthquake survivor Dan Woolley's use of an iPhone first aid application to treat his own compound fractured leg and head wound: "This miraculous story would not have been possible a few years ago... but it's just the tip of the ice berg," Kaushal said....
By Brian Dolan 05:14 am January 5, 2010
The wireless association CTIA put together a series of video interviews and presentations focused on wireless health for their Wonder of Wireless (WoW) series. The wireless health focused segment includes an interview with MedApps, an interview with CTIA President Steve Largent about wireless trends for 2010, a presentation on carriers' needs for additional spectrum because of wireless health,...
By Brian Dolan 05:56 am January 4, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring company MedApps announced that it has received ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which subsequently led to a CE Mark certification and CMDCAS approval, enabling the company to market its products throughout Europe and Canada. To date, MedApps has secured two FDA clearances, various FCC certifications, AT&T and...
By Brian Dolan 12:00 am December 10, 2009
"The current U.S. market for wireless, home-based health care applications is $304 million," CTIA, the Wireless Association, wrote in an official comment to the FCC, which is mulling over the health care delivery elements of a national broadband plan. "That market is expected to grow to $4 billion in 2013, with estimated annual growth rates of 96 percent in 2010, 126 percent in 2011, 95 percent...
By Brian Dolan 12:00 am October 15, 2009
Tim Gee, Principal, Medical Connectivity Consulting, was kind enough to write-up the first sessions at our Everywhere Healthcare event last week at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment event in San Diego. What follows is Tim's notes from the session (including some commentary from him in parenthetical asides.) Brian Dolan, co-founder and editor of MobiHealthNews kicked off the event by...
By Brian Dolan 04:24 am 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...
By Brian Dolan 05:16 am September 22, 2009
FCC's Open Internet threatens telemedicine? A PBS Nightly Business Report yesterday noted that the new FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski's plans for an open Internet could end up stunting growth in telemedicine or wireless health services. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are worried that proposed FCC requirements to treat all web traffic equally will prevent them from effectively managing their...