October 2, 2012
In an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last week, former Senator Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, argued that at least one provision in the Affordable Care Act "threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness". Bayh was pointing to the 2.3 percent tax that the law requires medical device companies to tack on to each sale starting in January.
For the first half...
June 14, 2012
According to a recent report by Kalorama Information, the market for mobile healthcare software apps was worth about $150 million in 2011. Previous studies from the research firm in years past have pegged the market at $41 million in 2009 and $84.1 million in 2010. As we wrote in 2010, the year-over-year growth in professional medical app revenues at that time more than doubled. As the $150...
April 10, 2012
Last week six Republicans in the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the FDA and FCC that explains the importance of wireless health devices and medical apps, cautions against slow and inconsistent regulations, and asks for a progress report on how the two regulatory bodies are working together to co-regulate these technologies. The six House members that signed the letter were: Rep....
March 20, 2012
This week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a hearing about using innovative technologies and other mechanisms to expand the number of medications that can administered over the counter. A report in the San Diego Union Tribune recognizes that some of the innovations that the FDA has in mind are mobile health apps and devices.
"FDA is aware that industry is developing new...
January 11, 2012
Happtique, a healthcare-focused appstore, announced plans to create a certification program that will help the medical community determine which of the tens of thousands of health-related mobile apps are clinically appropriate and technically sound. The company has tapped a multi-disciplinary team to develop the "bona fide mHealth app certification program" within the next six months. The program...
December 14, 2010
An online survey conducted of 474 health professionals registered to practice in the United Kingdom, found that 80 percent rely on a mobile phone at work. The survey, which was conducted by non-profit d4, found that respondents used mobiles at work for a variety of reasons:
Some 82 percent of the healthcare professionals surveyed said they used mobiles to communicate with their colleagues. About ...