mobile health

By Brian Dolan 03:17 am January 26, 2012
In our recent video report, Mobile Health Challenges in 2012, Dr. Eric Topol, the Vice Chairman of the West Wireless Health Institute, had this insight: "Right now healthcare is incredibly expensive, but a lot of these new innovative technologies are frugal innovations. For the first time they not only fulfill unmet needs, but at lower costs," Topol said. "We've never seen that before." In...
By Brian Dolan 06:59 am December 5, 2011
“We are talking about taking the biggest technology breakthrough of our time and using it to address our greatest national challenge,” Kathleen Sebelius U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said during her keynote presentation at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC this morning. Sebelius envisioned a “remarkable future” where control over a patient’s own health was always within their...
By Neil Versel 03:43 am October 6, 2011
The potential of mobile healthcare has been well documented, but the growth may be coming from some unexpected quarters. It's not only highly industrialized countries that are feeling the effects of aging populations and chronic diseases and it's not just sick people who are looking to mobility to improve health conditions, according to a newly published GigaOM Pro report, "Future of Mobile...
By Brian Dolan 03:30 am July 28, 2011
Last week my colleague Neil Versel, MobiHealthNews' Contributing Editor, penned a provocative article called, "Silicon Valley often misses the point of healthcare." Neil hit a nerve. While the discussion that followed from Neil's article was constructive, I think Neil drew the wrong conclusions from his core argument. Yes, Silicon Valley often misses the point or ignores the core issues facing...
By Brian Dolan 11:24 am June 24, 2011
Google has officially announced plans to shutter Google Health, its personal health record platform, come January 1, 2012. Data stored in Google Health will continue to be available for download until January 1, 2013. Google plans to add a direct transfer option to Google Health in the coming weeks that will enable users to transfer their health data to any other system that makes use of the...
By Neil Versel 02:09 pm June 1, 2011
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been involved in telemedicine and telehealth since 1973 and has had a formal telehealth program since 1993. But the field is changing in a way never before seen, thanks to mobile technology. "Devices are coming out of the consumer world, not the medical device industry," notes Scott Simmons, director of telehealth at the South Florida school....
By Neil Versel 12:09 pm May 4, 2011
In February, MyHumana Mobile, the iPhone and Android app for Humana health plan members, won the medical category in the first-ever Appy Awards at the 2011 Online Media, Marketing and Advertising (OMMA) Global Conference. Naturally, the Louisville, Ky.-based health insurer immediately set out to redesign both its web portal and the app in HTML5 to give both a common look and feel. “Whenever you...
By Brian Dolan 06:35 am January 10, 2011
Vocera has acquired Toronto-based Wallace Wireless, a competitor that enables healthcare professionals to send pages, text messages, and alerts through their smartphones. Wallace says its system is "secure, reliable, and traceable" and works over both WiFi and cellular networks. Vocera did not disclose the acquisition sum. Healthcare has proven to be a core vertical for Wallace Wireless, but its...
By Brian Dolan 02:26 am November 11, 2010
Forget for a moment that Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Forget that Gates now chairs a philanthropic foundation that works in a number of areas. During his keynote session at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC this week, Bill Gates arrived with a single, focused message: Vaccines. When asked whether mobile phones offered some advantages over previous computing platforms, Gates responded: "...
By Brian Dolan 08:21 am October 12, 2010
At the Health 2.0 event in San Francisco last week, the West Wireless Health Institute's CEO Don Casey announced that Alan Viars' startup Videntity had won the Institute's developer challenge, Accelerating Wireless Health Adoption through a Standardized Social Network Platform. The contest called on developers to find a low-cost, secure way to share real-time health information from a personal...