March 17, 2010
This week MobiHealthNews had a chance to discuss wireless health trends and activities at the West Wireless Health Institute with the Institute's new CEO Don Casey. We asked Casey to list five things the WWHI will accomplish in 2010, to point to some of the key challenges facing the wireless health industry and more.
MobiHealthNews: Name five things the WWHI will accomplish this year.
March 12, 2010
Writing over at the Gerson Lehrman Group blog, Mobile Flow CEO Ade Bamigboye, has penned a worthwhile summary of the mHealth market, including the classic challenges the industry faces and new opportunities thanks to mobile operator interest:
"Over the years, the drive to incorporate technology as a key aspect of personal healthcare delivery has suffered from technological, logistical and legal...
March 10, 2010
Health Information Exchange networks (HIEs) aim to be the glue that binds electronic medical records and other health information repositories and sources (including mHealth) together -- and there's a substantial amount of stimulus money being thrown at HIEs to drive adoption.
The ARRA stimulus bill provides for around $40 billion to move the industry onto EMRs, but about $18 billion of that sum...
March 8, 2010
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Project HealthDesign team has awarded a total of $2.4 million to five research teams that each aim to determine how patient-recorded observations of daily living (ODLs) can be captured and included into clinical care. RWJF notes that most of the programs make use of smartphones and wireless sensors to gather and capture ODLs, including diet, exercise,...
March 8, 2010
"There is a growing awareness of the opportunity that mobile has for healthcare," Dr. John Mattison, assistant medical director and chief medical information officer (CMIO), Kaiser Permanente Southern California told MobiHealthNews in an interview at HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta last week. "When we spoke last December, that much was clear. What has not gotten recognition is that mobile health can have a...
March 3, 2010
Verizon Wireless looks to enable point of care apps for mobile: “To give patients the best care possible, healthcare organizations must run efficiently, and real-time wireless communication is a powerful tool for meeting that challenge,” John Maschenic, director of healthcare enterprise solutions for Verizon Wireless stated in a company release. “Mobile technology puts health information –...
February 26, 2010
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
“Under the Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, HIT software is a medical device.” That’s according to Dr. Jeff Shuren, the new director of the Device Center within FDA. Yikes. Dr. Shuren testified yesterday at a hearing of the HIT Policy Committee, Adoption/Certification Workgroup. The workgroup invited numerous speakers...
February 24, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch
Apocalypse and opportunity -- the bet is that we're not going to age well. Our favorite gloom-and-doom source, CNBC, has offered up today's Doomsday Boomer Prediction. Those boomers are going to be a healthcare nightmare: "They visit the doctor more, they consume more services, and they aren’t afraid to use their $7 trillion in collective wealth...
February 24, 2010
Source: UN Foundation's Flickr Stream
Last week at the GSMA's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on the one-year anniversary of the formation of the mHealth Alliance, Orange Healthcare announced that it had joined the mHealth Alliance. Orange plans to leverage the Alliance's resources and partners to bring sustainable mobile health projects to scale in West Africa.
A year ago this month the...
February 19, 2010
Dr. Ted Eytan, the Medical Director for Delivery Systems Operations Improvement for the Permanente Federation, has penned an important post that offers up six distinctions between mobile health and eHealth -- Eytan emphasized that these are not reasons that mHealth is better than eHealth, just differences worth noting. Here's a quick redux (to understand the nuances, and there are many, be sure...