August 2, 2012
As expected, Ford has announced the launch of the first mobile health app to connect to certain Ford models via the car company's Sync AppLink platform: IMS Health's Allergy Alert app, which is powered by data from IMS Health's Pollen.com site. MobiHealthNews attended Ford's media event in May 2011 when the car company unveiled its research pilots focused on mobile health. At the time the company...
July 30, 2012
Dr. Mohit Kaushal
The move toward accountable care organizations, the ubiquity of cell phones and changing patient expectations all are contributing to the rise of mobile monitoring of chronic diseases, but it still may take years before home care becomes a routine part of medicine.
Friday morning at the 4th annual World Congress Leadership Summit on mHealth in Boston, Dr. Mohit Kaushal,...
July 18, 2012
The U.S. market for "advanced" wireless patient monitoring systems more than doubled in a four-year period, from $3.9 billion in 2007 to $8.9 billion in 2011 – at an annual rate of nearly 23 percent – according to a new report from Kalorama Information, and the growth should continue at nearly the same pace. The New York-based research firm forecasts that total to expand by 18 percent annually,...
July 12, 2012
Merkle, a customer relations management (CRM) company has acquired San Francisco-based 5th Finger, a mobile marketing and mobile health vendor for an undisclosed sum. While 5th Finger has a number of big retail brands as clients, including Jos. A Bank and Safeway, it has also powered Pfizer, Medtronic, and GlaxoSmithKline's mobile health initiatives.
The company set up a text messaging-powered...
July 6, 2012
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin system
Intelligent medicine platform developer Proteus Biomedical has changed its name to Proteus Digital Health, to "better reflect" what the company does, Chief Product Officer David O'Reilly told MobiHealthNews in an email this week. Proteus also inked a deal with Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which is known for its Abilify drug for schizophrenia and bipolar...
July 2, 2012
The fact that more than 30 percent of American households no longer have landlines might have some unintended consequences in healthcare.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, implanted defibrillators may be wireless devices, but the in-home base stations the heart monitors transmit data to still need landlines to relay information to the device makers. The manufacturers, notably Medtronic and St....
February 9, 2012
AirStrip Technologies announced a strategic investment from Qualcomm's recently announced Qualcomm Life Fund. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
In August 2010 MobiHealthNews reported that Sequoia Capital had made a strategic investment in AirStrip and the terms were undisclosed at the time then, too. According to an SEC filing published shortly after the deal was announced, AirStrip...
January 26, 2012
In our recent video report, Mobile Health Challenges in 2012, Dr. Eric Topol, the Vice Chairman of the West Wireless Health Institute, had this insight:
"Right now healthcare is incredibly expensive, but a lot of these new innovative technologies are frugal innovations. For the first time they not only fulfill unmet needs, but at lower costs," Topol said. "We've never seen that before."
January 12, 2012
Ford Motor Co. is building on its in-car health monitoring initiative by teaming with Microsoft and Healthrageous to research how people can monitor their health and promote wellness with connected devices while in their vehicles. The companies are taking advantage of the spotlight at the massive 2012 International CES trade show in Las Vegas this week to show off a prototype called "the car that...
October 25, 2011
Remote patient monitoring devices have the fastest growing yearly revenue of any medical device sector, according to market research firm Kalorama Information's new report, "Remote and Wireless Patient Monitoring Markets." From 2008 to 2010, the growth rate was an impressive 23 percent, and according to the report, revenue is expected to double in the next four years.
"It is unusual to see over...