December 19, 2013
"Virtual house calls" over consumer-grade webcams and mobile devices have great potential to improve the care of patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, new research has shown, but the lingering issues of reimbursement and physician licensure continue to hinder growth of remote consultations.
In a study published this month as an open-access article in the journal...
November 8, 2013
Teams have been preregistered for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize -- a handheld medical scanner competition backed by the Qualcomm Foundation -- for nearly a year. In fact, 255 teams were reported as preregistered last year. But representatives of the $10 million prize have now announced the 34 teams that have completed the full registration and paid $5,000 to $10,000 entry fees (depending on the...
September 25, 2013
As mobile health advocates clamor for scientific proof to support their emerging field, Johns Hopkins University has introduced mHealth Evidence, an online reference tool designed to help researchers quickly locate literature demonstrating the feasibility, usability and efficacy of mobile technologies in healthcare.
After a soft launch in June, the Center for Communication Programs at Johns...
September 20, 2013
Johns Hopkins University
DreamIt Health, the healthcare-focused branch of Philadelphia startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures, is launching a Baltimore, Maryland class in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. BioHealth Innovation, an organization geared toward bringing more innovation and entrepreneurship to Maryland, is co-sponsoring the class with Hopkins.
The company will seek...
February 27, 2013
The smart handle from Fraunhofer.
Surgeons learn to conduct all sorts of mind-bogglingly complex procedures within our bodies, whether it's installing and adjusting medical devices, removing or ablating tumors, or conducting precise surgery on organs as small as our eyes. Surgeons do incredible work with their hands and manual tools, but a new generation of smart surgical tools, incorporating...
December 4, 2012
(Left to Right) Gienna Shaw, Virend Somers, Alain Labrique, Alan Snell, Frances Dare, and Craig Kaiser.
Most discussions about remote monitoring these days focus on its potential to reduce hospital readmissions, lead to earlier preventive care, and reap cost savings. The pressure is beginning to build as Medicare penalties for preventable readmissions have recently begun to take effect. Now...
May 24, 2012
I'm getting a sense that a lot of people in health IT in general and mobile health in particular are losing sight of the big picture. This isn't about making a quick buck, exploiting the prevailing inefficient fee-for-service environment or impressing young, healthy people with flashy apps. It's about saving lives, preventing harmful errors and building a smarter, safer health system. Do the...
April 24, 2012
Researchers at nursing schools at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University are set to begin a government funded study to determine whether surveys on tablets may be a better way to screen pregnant women for abuse over the existing method of a nurse verbally asking during a home visit, according to a report in Psych Central.
The study will oversee 4,000 screenings of women in...
March 15, 2012
Source: Global mHealth Initiative
Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University's Global mHealth Initiative has undertaken what the Baltimore Sun calls "one of the broadest efforts to assess mHealth strategies" with 49 official studies underway by dozens of university faculty members. According to the report, the initiative is evaluating which mHealth services can help physicians, community health...
July 7, 2011
The opportunity for mobile health services in China is huge. China has 95 million people with diabetes. It has 170 million people with hypertension and 3 million more each year. The country also has some 165 million people with heart disease.
China also boasts an estimated 900 million mobile phone users. A minority of them are smartphone users, but the country is expected to be the biggest market...