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By Brian Dolan 03:08 pm March 3, 2010
For the past two years, Microsoft's HealthVault group has been busily assembling a suite of personal medical devices that connect to its personal health information platform. Just this week the FDA's top medical device reviewer, Donna-Bea Tillman, announced her plans to step down in order to take a position with Microsoft's regulatory and policy group, according to a report from the Associated...
By Brian Dolan 12:17 pm February 9, 2010
Not surprisingly, Microsoft Research is investigating how to integrate mobile health projects running on Windows Mobile powered phones into the company's personal health information platform, HealthVault. The company's director of technology strategy for Asia, Eric Chang, told PC World in a recent interview: "One of those projects, an application called MyLife for Windows Mobile phones, could...
By Brian Dolan 01:54 am February 4, 2010
It's a simple question: Do mobile health tools require a doctor's prescription? Or will the main driver for mHealth services bubble up from consumers and patients largely without care providers weighing in? Throughout the keynote sessions at the mHealth Initiative's event in Washington D.C. this week, the focus was squarely on care providers' adoption of mobile technologies, their integration to...
By Brian Dolan 06:48 am December 30, 2009
Halo Monitoring, a developer of wireless health remote monitoring technology, announced a deal with A&D Medical this past week. The partnership builds on Halo's myHalo web-based personal health monitoring system by including Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure cuffs. Halo Monitoring announced its product nearly one year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: myHalo...
By Brian Dolan 07:50 am December 22, 2009
The Wall Street Journal today published a feature on tracking vital signs using smartphone applications: "Your iPhone Just Called: Your Blood Sugar is High," a poorly-worded headline (apps don't make your iPhone "call" you) but the article gives great exposure to a number of companies working in wireless health: AllOne Health, TheCarrot, Ringful, Polka, Microsoft, WebMD and more. Microsoft's...
By Brian Dolan 05:49 am November 17, 2009
Microsoft has launched awards for mobile health solutions in Africa: “We propose to demonstrate the potential of mobile phones to enable the delivery of healthcare-related services on the African continent. We invite Africa-based researchers to apply for grants of cash to conduct one-year studies. Successful proposals will use Microsoft technologies and may also employ the capability of a mobile...
By Brian Dolan 08:21 am October 27, 2009
Vocera -- known for its wireless badge form factor communication devices for hospital settings -- announced the first shipment of its new device: the Vocera smartphone. The company jointly developed the smartphone with Motorola, but Vocera said the device offers the same one-touch, voice user interface of the Vocera communications badge. The Vocera smartphone runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6....
By Brian Dolan 11:58 am October 14, 2009
Last week Microsoft launched a beta version of My Health Info, an online health information management service that pulls data from HealthVault but also offers users widgets that help them upload and organize their HealthVault data. As you may expect, the widgets include connections with personal health devices like heart-rate monitors and pedometers. My Health Info is part of MSN. MSN positions...
By Brian Dolan 08:01 am October 6, 2009
The former head of Google Health, Adam Bosworth, has finally launched his long-heralded consumer health start-up, Keas, according to a report today in the The New York Times. The site offers various personalized care plans for users that aim to take their personal health information and help them make healthier decisions: "Using the Keas system, for example, a person with Type 2 diabetes might...
By Brian Dolan 09:22 am September 24, 2009
Changes for 510(k) in 2011? The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a review of its 510(k) review procedure, which has come under fire by both safety advocates and government watchdogs, the report said. The nonprofit Institute of Medicine will conduct the two-year review of the 510k procedure. More On managing de-centralized care: "There seems to exist almost an...