March 24, 2010
While Vitality, the maker of GlowCaps announced this week that it had inked a deal with AT&T to provide cellular connectivity for its medication adherence service, the real news is that Vitality has tapped Telit for its embedded wireless module. (MobiHealthNews reported on Vitality's deal with AT&T more than six months ago -- revisit it here.)
Vitality GlowCaps illuminate, play a melody,...
March 3, 2010
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, St. Louis-based pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts is set to launch a national pilot for Vitality's GlowCap pill reminder device. We have written about GlowCap before, but the WSJ has a concise description of the medication adherence offering:
"The container—actually a high-tech top for a standard pill bottle called a "GlowCap"—is equipped...
January 21, 2010
It's a widely known statistic that between one-third and one-half of patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed, which leads to poorer health, more frequent hospitalization, a higher risk of death and up to $290 billion each year in increased medical costs. Stacked against that figure, Novartis' recent $24 million investment in intelligent medicine / medication adherence...
January 20, 2010
Vitality, developer of medication adherence device GlowCap, announced during a 2009 company wrap-up video that "four of the top pharmaceuticals companies have committed to distribute their medications for hypertension, transplants and diabetes in GlowCaps."
Vitality's GlowCap offering is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a lid that uses...
January 19, 2010
According to a report in the Economist, pharmaceuticals company Novartis' $24 million investment in intelligent medicine startup Proteus Biomedical may be just as important in the long run as Novartis' $50 billion takeover of eye-care firm, Alcon. Proteus Biomedical's venture capital round actually brought in $25.4 million, which makes us wonder if the difference came from an additional...
December 21, 2009
New wireless Irish group has wireless health SIG: A new wireless industry networking group, WirelessLAB, aims to promote Ireland as a center of excellence for wireless technology and provided members with a "platform to increase their visibility both at home and internationally." Among the founders is Dr. Conor Hanley, co-founder and CEO, BiancaMed, a wireless health start-up focused on...
November 11, 2009
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has an online database called ClinicalTrials.gov that includes a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials underway or completed. The database currently boasts more than 81,000 clinical trials from some 170 countries. As you might expect a couple dozen of those trials are testing wireless health solutions -- mostly mobile phone...
October 7, 2009
ScanAvert, a wireless health application that alerts users before they eat something that they are allergic to or that might interfere with the effectiveness of their prescription drugs, officially launched today at Health 2.0 in San Francisco. ScanAvert currently runs on Android phones, however, ScanAvert CEO and President Ellen Badinelli told MobiHealthNews that the company plans to create...
September 2, 2009
The Center for Technology and Aging announced a $500,000 grant program for medication optimization, which includes adherence and related issues. The center is offering up to six one-year grants to organizations that propose programs that benefit older adults in California. One or two grants will be made available to those groups with programs in other areas, the center said.
August 31, 2009
New England-based health plan Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced plans to pilot a medication adherence study that makes use of MedMinder Systems' wireless-enabled pillbox. The randomized controlled study, which is set to begin in early September, aims to determine how effective MedMinder's system is on a population of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD affects 26 million...