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By Brian Dolan 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...
By Brian Dolan 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...
By Neil Versel 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....
By Brian Dolan 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...
By Brian Dolan 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." In...
By Neil Versel 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...
By Chris Gullo 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...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2011
After two years of research and a joint effort between groups of security experts working at separate academic institutions, a professor and a graduate student showed attendees at hacker conferences Black Hat and Defcon how to build a "cheap" $1,000 system to mimic the control mechanism on a pacemaker. The researchers were able to eavesdrop on private data that identified the patient, doctor,...
By Neil Versel August 18, 2011
As MobiHealthNews reported last week, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing wants to become the "epicenter of wireless health." That's a lofty goal, considering the other, similar organizations right there in Southern California, including the UCLA Wireless Health Institute right there in Los Angeles, and, down toward San Diego, the West Wireless Health Institute, the...
By Brian Dolan August 11, 2011
The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), an initiative to study and create the future of wireless medicine, recently announced its 17 founding members. The members will support wireless health research and innovation, and help develop product prototypes. The founding members of the CBC include Agamatrix, AirStrip Technologies, Apollo Health Resources, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions, Ayogo Games...