April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC.
This is the same workgroup...
March 27, 2013
Philips Design has developed a new system that uses a combination of smartphones, a wall projector, and design principles to help improve women's birth experiences in the Netherlands, and is about to launch a pilot. Developed after field study and piloted with 60 women in three different delivery rooms, the system builds on the design team's principle of ambient design.
In the system, expectant...
March 18, 2013
Fujitsu announced the development of a technology, to be presented soon at the 2013 General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers in Gifu, Japan, that detects a person's pulse using a smartphone or PC's built-in camera. The announcement generated a lot of buzz in technology publications.
If this sounds familiar to MobiHealthNews readers, it's because...
March 14, 2013
Don't look now, but we may have our next hot spot in mobile health: mobile personal emergency response systems, or mPERS.
You're probably waiting for me to come down hard on the expected gold rush from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who see dollar signs in our aging population. Nope. Come and get it, I say.
"Players in the market will enter from the security, [wireless] carrier, remote...
March 13, 2013
Medication adherence is a huge problem, and it's one that seems solvable. People fail to take the pills prescribed to them for many reasons, but one of the biggest is forgetfulness, especially among elderly patients who take a lot of medications and can easily become confused.
Pillboxes have always been the go-to technology to improve adherence, whether it's a simple Monday-through-Friday...
March 9, 2013
Nuance's MD survey on voice-enabled, virtual assistants
Ahead of the big event in New Orleans, Nuance Communications surveyed 10,000 doctors in the US about how virtual assistants, think Apple's iPhone voice query tool Siri, might affect healthcare. Based on the survey, 80 percent of US physicians believe that they will "drastically change" how they interact with and use EHRs and other healthcare...
March 8, 2013
Emmi Solutions' patient engagement software.
Whether intentional or coincidental, the timing of Clay Christensen's controversial Wall Street Journal editorial on "The Coming Failure of ACOs" was interesting, putting Christensen's well-rooted skepticism at the forefront of the conversation going into HIMSS 2013, where ACOs were a dominant topic of discussion. Christensen contends that ACOs will...
January 28, 2013
Companies like BodyMedia, Fitbit, and Withings provide wearable trackers for customers to gather data about their health as they live their everyday lives. British company Equivital, whose CEO Anmol Sood appeared at CES on a panel with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is focused on using wearable body monitors in extraordinary situations. Australian firefighters and space jumper Felix Baumgartner are...
December 17, 2012
More than a third of American adults think self-monitoring is the key to living a longer life, according to a survey commissioned by Philips Healthcare and conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. The survey of 1,003 participants included questions about online symptom checking, home diagnosis, and self-monitoring, and the results showed a growing acceptance of and even reliance on these sorts...
April 26, 2012
Videoconferencing service provider Vidyo, a growing presence in healthcare because it provides high-quality video with low latency and as encryption to HIPAA standards, is about to get bigger, particularly when it comes to mobile and wireless health.
Hackensack, N.J.-based Vidyo is teaming up with Royal Philips Electronics to offer a communications and collaboration platform that includes remote...