March 11, 2010
GE Healthcare recently announced a free mobile app offering, Morsel, which suggests simple ways that users can improve their wellbeing and track health choices. GE Healthcare launched its healthymagination initiative last fall with a $250 million equity fund that aims to support entrepreneurial efforts in diagnostics, healthcare IT and the life sciences.
Here's how the company describes its new...
February 25, 2010
A year ago at the HIMSS healthcare IT event in Chicago, MobiHealthNews lamented the lack of wireless health presentations, panel sessions and exhibiting companies on the event's showfloor. We did, however, meet with the founder of a new smartphone app centered start-up, Voalte. The company's founder Trey Lauderdale had worked previously at Philips' subsidiary Emergin, where he sensed his...
February 19, 2010
$163M for telehealth in 2011: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed an increase to its home telehealth budget program: For 2009 it was $72 million and the agency wants to bump it up to $163 million for 2011, according to a reportin Federal Computer Week. More
Startup offers alcohol tracker device: VentureBeat reports on startup, Alcosystems, which was on display at the Mobile World...
February 9, 2010
At the mHI event in Washington D.C. last week, Keas CEO and former Google Health head Adam Bosworth gave attendees an update on his startup's progress and hinted that more mobile functionality will be added to the online care plan service as soon as this week. Bosworth said he decided to present at the event last minute and that he was really in town to meet with the HHS' Office of the National...
February 8, 2010
Epocrates, one of the top selling medical smartphone applications, recently published results from a survey of its physician users that found about 20 percent of them, or one in five plan to buy an Apple iPad when the device hits store shelves. Epocrates also announced it will create a special version of its app for the iPad.
The survey found that 9 percent of survey respondents plan to buy the...
February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
February 3, 2010
The Mobile Health Initiative (mHI) event in Washington D.C. this morning began with two keynotes from the mHI's founders Peter Waegemann and Claudia Tessier, who built on their previous presentation of the mHI's 12 clusters for mHealth and overall vision for mHealth's opportunity.
While it may not be too surprising given the mHI's previous focus on EMRs as the Medical Records Institute, the...
January 26, 2010
ReadWriteWeb is tracking the rumored Apple tablet and wondering whether healthcare is the vertical most likely to adopt the tablet. Based on an interview with care providers, including Kaiser Permanente, RWW bulleted out five device capabilities they believe would change healthcare. Here's what they're hoping the iSlate enables:
Real-time observations, including vitals signs. EHR or no, many...
January 20, 2010
An NBC affiliate in Miami, Florida has a report about an American film producer, Dan Woolley, who was trapped in the ruins of a hotel in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti during last week's earthquake. Woolley used the light from his digital camera to examine his broken foot and head wound. He then used a medical application on his iPhone to look up how to dress his wounds, which included a broken foot and a...
January 20, 2010
Rob Havasy, a business analyst at the Boston-based Center for Connected Health, which is a part of the Partners Healthcare group, penned a thoughtful column on the state of the mHealth market. Havasy's central point is that mobile health solutions need to be "meaningful" and "available" to all patients. That's certainly an ideal wireless health service providers should be working towards.