September 4, 2012
iSonea's AsthmaSense App
Medical technology company iSonea has raised $1.05 million in funding from Australian businessman Bruce Mathieson, who now owns about 15 percent of the company.
iSonea's CEO Michael Thomas explained that the funding would help the company build more of its medical devices' functionality into the smartphone platform: "iSonea is committed to developing innovative, non-...
September 4, 2012
"A team of engineers at Stanford has shown that, contrary to earlier models, high-frequency wireless power transmission to a device in the human body is possible. These images show power delivery to the human heart from a 200MHz low-frequency transmitter (left) and a 1.7GHz high-frequency transmitter (right). Red indicates greatest power; blue is least. Note focusing of power on the heart in the...
March 15, 2012
Boston Scientific Latitude Connected (Concept) iPhone app
This week Boston Scientific announced that it had inked a deal with Vodafone Global Enterprise to develop mobile health monitoring devices that remotely provide physicians with real-time information about patients' cardiac health and other vital signs. The mobile health monitors will be cellular-enabled medical devices that patients use...
February 8, 2010
Strategies for mHealth Companies Wishing to Avoid FDA Regulation
By Bradley Merrill Thompson
(I would like to thank Leah Kendall of EpsteinBeckerGreen and Dane Stout of the Anson Group for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to anyone else.)
Most people know the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax...
January 14, 2010
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, MBA, JD
(I would like to thank Dr. Deepak Ayyagari of Sharp Laboratories of America and Dane Stout of the Anson Group for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to the commenter’s.)
At the risk of insulting my new friends in Silicon Valley, I submit that traditionally-unregulated IT companies...
November 19, 2009
Back in February we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had just begun its conversation with the mobile health industry and that the ways in which it would regulate this emerging industry would come out of that conversation.
It's now November and those working on wireless health are getting antsy. When will the FDA weigh-in?
For the past few months, Bradley Merrill Thompson,...
November 12, 2009
By Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG
With 20 million devices in the marketplace today, Bluetooth technology is already the de facto wireless standard for health and fitness devices. Whether the device is a defibrillator, weight scale, heart rate belt, glucose meter or a Wii Fit Balance Board, manufacturers have been enthusiastic in choosing Bluetooth technology as their...
May 7, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is requesting a budget of $3.2 billion, which represents a 19 percent increase over the current FDA fiscal year budget. Given the recent buzz over the FDA's intent to take a closer look at health and medical applications for the iPhone, we wonder if any of fraction of these billions will go toward sharpening the FDA's ability to...
March 23, 2009
"You need a more reliable wireless connection for a CAT scan than you for watching a cat do backflips on Youtube," FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein joked at an event that took place this morning in the Senate. The session, The Wireless Future of Health IT, was jointly organized by the the wireless industry association, CTIA, and the New America Foundation.
Adelstein began his remarks by noting...
March 19, 2009
The University of Iowa announced that it has successfully piloted a low-cost, green technology for tracking hand hygiene at a hospital. The pilot used Zigbee technology, which is a low-power wireless technology, to track interaction between a small, page-like badge hospital staff carry and a hand hygiene dispenser located outside of patient rooms. Article
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center...