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,...
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...
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...
July 14, 2011
Proteus Biomedical announced today that it has received a patent for its ingestible biomedical sensor -- what the company has referred to as "intelligent medicine" in the past and what many have referred to as a "chip in a pill." The patent announcement also included new information about Proteus' partners: While the Novartis relationship had been previously announced, the company said it was...
June 28, 2011
Medtronic CareLink Mobile Application
Medtronic announced today the launch of CareLink Mobile Application, which the company calls the first mobile application that pairs with implantable cardiac devices. The app is available for the iPhone and iPad. CareLink Mobile Application enables clinicians to access cardiac device diagnostic information and patient data directly from their mobile devices...
June 13, 2011
Mathew discusses LifeScan's prototype iPhone BGM app in 2009
In early 2009 at an iPhone 3.0 launch event, Apple demonstrated how a LifeScan blood glucose meter could connect to the iPhone.
Anita Mathew from LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, demonstrated the prototype iPhone application that would let users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors direclty to...
July 6, 2010
By the end of this year, the total market for handheld devices in healthcare will reach $8.8 billion, according to a new report from Kalorama Information. The market is expected to grow 7 percent , the firm's recent report: "Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors, & Scanners" predicts.
Total sales for patient monitoring tools hit $5.3 billion last...
July 5, 2010
Wireless-enabled implantable devices enable care providers to check-in on a pacemaker's battery levels or how well an infusion pump is functioning, which means care providers can take action to prevent and harm to the patient. Of course that connectivity -- that feedback loop -- could also be used by hackers as a way to hurt people. "Could be" but, according to the Boston Globe, there's never...
June 30, 2010
The World Economic Forum convened an mHealth Summit in San Diego this week led by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs who is also the Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mobile Communications. Following the discussion yesterday, the group put together a series of videos, including a video of the day's opening remarks and a series of quick interviews with some of the...
June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...