November 21, 2011
Philips recently launched an iPad app, Vital Signs Camera, that measures the user's heart rate and breathing via the tablet's front-facing camera. The $0.99 app, available only for the iPad 2, is intended for entertainment purposes only.
The app measures the users heart rate by determining blood flow to the face based on the color of the users skin, and breathing rate by analyzing the motion of...
April 7, 2010
Last summer we reported on GE Healthcare's proposal to the FCC that the agency dedicate about 40 MHz of spectrum for medical body area networks (MBANs). The FCC recently put out a call for comments on the proposal and received an interesting one from Philips, according to a report from ZDNet.
Philips suggests that the FCC consider allocating spectrum to enable MBANs to use the spectrum inside a...
March 23, 2010
By Laurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch
Spring has sprung for new and improved tech. Companies in the tech arena of supporting seniors and their caregivers are sporting fresh features and new companies have decided to shake off winter and launch at the Chicago ASA Conference. Each of these announcements is a significant one -- viewed collectively, 2010, as predicted, is already an...
February 25, 2010
A year ago at the HIMSS healthcare IT event in Chicago, MobiHealthNews lamented the lack of wireless health presentations, panel sessions and exhibiting companies on the event's showfloor. We did, however, meet with the founder of a new smartphone app centered start-up, Voalte. The company's founder Trey Lauderdale had worked previously at Philips' subsidiary Emergin, where he sensed his...
February 16, 2010
Sleep respironics system wins GSMA award: At the GSM Association's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Philips and Cinterion won an award for best embedded mobile offering for their System One, mHealth respironics sleep therapy service. More
New Manhattan Research report on consumer health finds news content trumps social media: "With all the changes in media and healthcare, we think it...
February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
January 11, 2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs invited onstage Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), to discuss the wireless health trend. (Qualcomm is a key supporter of the WWHI.)
Topol's talk included mentions of a half dozen different wireless health devices including...
December 18, 2009
The New York Times' David Pogue and the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg both published connected health device reviews in their respective newspapers yesterday: Pogue turned in a double header review for Fitbit and Philips' DirectLife devices, while Mossberg tested Bayer's just unveiled Contour USB meter for diabetes management. Each of the devices managed to make it through the reviews with...
December 7, 2009
Philips snags $300M loan for R&D: Philips has attained a EURO 200 million loan (about $300 million) from the European Investment Bank for research and development for healthcare ICT projects in Europe: Image-guided intervention, clinician support tools and home healthcare. The loan is for 10 years and is provided under the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF). More
USA Today lists WiFi weight...
November 20, 2009
The Wall Street Journal has an incendiary profile piece on the Jeffries analyst, Brian Kennedy, who predicted that Highmark CMS would cut its reimbursement rate for CardioNet's wireless cardiac monitoring service. CardioNet is the only public company fully focused on wireless health, which makes it a true pioneer for the emerging industry.
While the aftermath that followed Kennedy's April...