May 13, 2013
An example of remote doctor visits: meVisit's app
Telehealth holds enormous potential for transforming healthcare, but, to telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders, the primary barrier is not financial. Instead, physician and patient attitudes about healthcare and health itself must change, said Sanders, who often has been called the father of telemedicine.
"The critical issue is really not...
April 18, 2013
Health Hero co-founder and Rock Health mentor Geoffrey Clapp announced this week the launch of his new startup, Better, which is backed by The Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital Fund, according to the demo he gave onstage at the Wall Street Journal's D:Mobile event in New York City. (Social+Capital has also funded Asthmapolis, Simplee, and Glooko.)
Clapp described Better as "the best way for you...
April 15, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif
After bringing their incubator to Europe last year, Healthbox has announced that its next class will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by Florida Blue. Like Healthbox's previous locations in Chicago and Boston, companies will receive $50,000 in seed capital and participate in a 16-week program. Healthbox will receive 7 percent equity in the companies.
April 8, 2013
Dr. Matthew Hoerth of the Mayo Clinic
Neurologists at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have shown that iPads can be an effective way to interpret electro-encephalograph (EEG) readings in telemedicine clinics, comparable to laptop and desktop computers. The authors concluded that in many ways the tablet even outperformed the traditional computers.
The team, led by Dr. Matthew Hoerth, presented a case...
March 5, 2013
The inescapable question for Microsoft at HIMSS 2013 is this: How does the company maintain relevance in a mobile ecosystem increasingly dominated by Apple iPhones and iPads? With its Surface Pro tablet, Windows 8 operating system, and Office 365 HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, not to mention a bevy of new app partners, Apple's longtime rival is doing its best to step up to the plate. The company...
February 7, 2013
In November 2012, Mayo Clinic completed its pilot of an in-hospital, patient-facing iPad app for helping patients and their families through cardiac surgery, according to a report from consumer health engagement consultant Sherri Dorfman. The pilot of 149 cardiac surgery patients aged 52 to 85, which began in February 2012, made headlines in April last year when Mayo Clinic posted a video about...
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...
October 3, 2012
The evidence is building that smartphones are suitable for remote viewing of medical images by consulting specialists. The latest comes from the Mayo Clinic Telestroke Network in Arizona, which found that the ResolutionMD Mobile smartphone app, from Calgary Scientific, was adequate for evaluating remotely located stroke patients.
"CT head interpretations of telestroke network patients by vascular...
September 11, 2012
Minneapolis-based Preventice announced this week that the FDA had cleared its remote monitoring device for patients with cardiac arrhythmias, the BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System, with a 510(k) clearance. Preventice developed the system with its partner Mayo Clinic and licensed technology from Proteus Biomedical's partner Avery Dennison for the peel-and-stick sensor.
BodyGuardian is a small...
August 28, 2012
Digital health accelerator Rock Health's investor partners have upped the amount of seed funding they will invest in startups that participate in the program from $20,000 to $100,000. The startups will each receive a total of $100,000 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Mohr Davidow Ventures, Aberdare Ventures, and the Mayo Clinic. Rock Health, which is itself a non-profit, will...