February 24, 2011
A number of longtime HIMSS attendees, including my colleague Neil Versel, pointed out that this year's event in Orlando, Fla. had renewed energy. The past two years' events were more staid on account of the down economy. The magicians at vendor booths had less flourish, anyway.
Whether you are of the opinion that HIMSS has its mojo back, is tapping into a hype cycle or neither -- what is...
February 23, 2011
"Assurance is the number one fear for new wireless sensor companies looking to work in the hospital environment," Ed Cantwell, a new Senior Vice President at the West Wireless Health Institute, told MobiHealthNews in an interview on-site at the HIMSS event in Orlando, Fla. Cantwell said that the four principles of assurance are coverage, signal strength, capacity, and certainty.
"We continue to...
January 12, 2011
By Neil Versel
Last week, Intel and GE Healthcare formally launched Care Innovations, their joint venture to promote the telehealth technologies of both companies and develop new products intended to help the elderly and chronically ill live independently.
Leading Care Innovations as CEO is Louis Burns, formerly the general manager of Intel’s Digital Health Group. In an interview with...
January 5, 2011
By Neil Versel
The long-awaited venture between GE Healthcare and Intel officially launched this week. Called Care Innovations, the 50/50 joint venture will concentrate on developing monitoring and information technologies to allow people with serious health conditions to live independently rather than be institutionalized in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.
November 3, 2010
GE Healthcare announced that its Carescape B650 monitor secured FDA clearance this week. The monitor offers data integration and connectivity, consistency between care areas and -- mobility.
"The monitor can run via a wireless local area network and can be battery operated, reducing the need for wall cables. The CARESCAPE Monitor B650 continuously transmits data to the central station, even when...
November 3, 2010
According to a new report from Greystone Research Associates, wirelessly enabled in-hospital patient monitors will grow at a modest but steady annual growth rate of 13 percent between now and 2014. Hospitals that currently own wireless monitors will be the ones spending the most on them during the period.
“The benefits of wireless bedside and in-patient ambulatory monitors will prompt many...
July 28, 2010
IBM, General Electric, Philips and other large tech firms have lobbied the FCC for at least the past year to allow wireless medical devices to use a range of wireless spectrum (2360MHz to 2400MHz) for vital sign monitoring. A recent report from Bloomberg, however, revealed that aircraft maker Boeing uses that range of spectrum to test the safety of its planes.
Plane safety vs. wireless health...
July 6, 2010
By the end of this year, the total market for handheld devices in healthcare will reach $8.8 billion, according to a new report from Kalorama Information. The market is expected to grow 7 percent , the firm's recent report: "Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors, & Scanners" predicts.
Total sales for patient monitoring tools hit $5.3 billion last...
June 30, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch
Tech is useful, but deployment approach needs some work. So here's an article about Senior Lifestyles Corporation and their deployment of QuietCare in a Florida (Fort Pierce) Assisted Living community. Was this a happy experience, like the NY Times article last year about keeping frail individuals longer in their homes through effective remote...
June 17, 2010
The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) made three big announcements today from its Open House in La Jolla, California: The Gary and Mary West Foundation have donated an additional $25 million to the institute, the Carlos Slim Health Institute is now a partner of the WWHI, and CareFusion, Cisco and Medtronic have joined its roster of Technology and Education (T&E) partners.
To date, the...