June 23, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of wireless and medical companies, which aim to create an interoperable ecosystem of medical devices and systems, has been busy this year. After announcing its first two Continua-certified products, the Alliance also announced two new wireless technologies for its Version 2 guidelines: ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Most of the devices under Continua's...
June 23, 2009
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) may be a national nonprofit organization that represents 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living residences and senior housing communities, but it's President and CEO said he still knows a thing or two about Twitter. AAHSA's Larry Minnix told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in...
June 22, 2009
You know those "Your Speed Limit Is..." signs on the side of the road? Turns out they are very effective. Michael Barrett, managing partner at Critical Mass Consulting, wondered whether the healthcare industry could learn a thing or two from those simple, roadside sentinels. Barrett made the case this morning during a presentation at the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Washington....
June 19, 2009
President Obama often touts Cleveland Clinic as a model for the rest of the healthcare system, according to an article from CNN, which notes that one reason for the praise is that "Cleveland Clinic is among the trailblazers in electronic record keeping and interaction with patients."
CNN's wording: "electronic record keeping" is a troubling riff on the traditionally used electronic health record...
June 19, 2009
Will smartphones make us healthier?
ZDNet Healthcare's Dana Blankenhorn argues that smartphones will make us healthier: "We are still at the start of the evolution but it's time to ask the question. Will smartphones help make us healthier? Right now the fitness-obsessed and hypochondriac are getting some serious help. Many doctors have a new toy. But is anything really happening? I argue that it...
June 17, 2009
"If we do not fix our healthcare system, America may go the way of GM; paying more, getting less, and going broke," President Obama declared earlier this week. "Make no mistake: the cost of our healthcare is a threat to our economy," he said. "It is a ticking time bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America."
If the administration is keen on likening the...
June 17, 2009
CTIA-The Wireless Association® Hosts a Technology and Policy Forum on mHealth Solutions for America’s Chronic Care Crisis
Medical and Policy Experts to discuss mobile wireless solutions for reducing the cost of treating chronic disease in America
As President Barack Obama recently noted, “The crushing cost of healthcare causes a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds.” In the U.S., the total...
June 16, 2009
Round-up of mHealth and related stories from the past week:
AMA inks HealthVault deal: Last week at Microsoft's Connected Health Conference the company announced an agreement with the American Medical Association and portal developer, Covisint, to offer its physician members their own online portal to exchange health data with patients. Once a patient gives a physician access, physicians will be...
June 15, 2009
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, about the push for electronic health records in every doctor's office and whether the current agenda pushes older technologies that will stifle innovation. Blumenthal said that his team wants to ensure it does not slow any innovation from entering the doctor's office.
June 10, 2009
At the Consumer Genetics Show in Boston today, genome sequencing company Illumina's President and CEO Jay Flatley announced that Illumina had partnered with four major direct-to-consumer genomics companies and demonstrated a very rough concept for a mobile application that leveraged a consumer's genomic profile.
Illumina inked partnerships with consumer-facing genome analysis services 23andme,...