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....
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.
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...
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...
September 9, 2009
Wireless healthcare technology company Halo Monitoring has connected its personal health monitoring and alert system to Microsoft's online health data repository, HealthVault.
Halo Monitoring unveiled its myHalo product at the beginning of 2009 during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. myHalo "wirelessly transmits secure vital signs, activities of daily living, and critical event...
September 3, 2009
Late last week, Microsoft's HealthVault platform and personal health data repository, which the company loathes to call a personal health record (PHR), exited from "beta" status. ZDNet broke the news and received an explanation from Microsoft for the removal of the beta tag:
"In order to make the migration out of Beta, Microsoft products need to meet a series of internal compliance requirements...
August 20, 2009
In the fall of 2004, news broke that Best Buy planned to launch a new chain of retail stores, called Eq-Life, that targeted middle-age women shoppers. Eq-Life would help them access technology and resources to manage their family's health. At the time, a Best Buy spokeswoman said that Eq-Life was serving an "uncharted industry."
After about 18 months of lackluster sales at the original...
August 12, 2009
Mobihealthnews recently caught up with HealthVault's Senior Global Strategist George Scriban to discuss how HealthVault fits into the wireless health discussion. Can mobile application developers synch their apps directly to HealthVault? Will Windows Mobile create apps that integrate to HealthVault? How does a medical device maker enable its users to send information to HealthVault? Scriban...
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 5, 2009
Ten percent of Americans believe text messaging is the best way for them to communicate with health insurers, according to the Microsoft Health Engagement Survey 2009, which Kelton Research conducted. The survey concluded that consumers want coaching via email and phones from their healthcare providers to help them improve their own health.
66 percent: Interested in emails from providers for...