January 13, 2014
Vocera Communications announced this week that it had acquired alarm management company mVisum for $3.5 million. Vocera has yet to respond to a request for additional comment.
Notably, in April 2013 mVisum settled a lawsuit filed by competitor AirStrip Technologies, which alleged mVisum had infringed on its patents for remote monitoring of patient medical data on smartphones. As part of the...
November 5, 2013
Intel-GE Care Innovation's QuietCare resident monitoring system has received FDA 510(k) clearance as a Class I device. The QuietCare system is a network of infrared motion sensors placed in a senior living facility, which sends data to a Care Innovations server. An algorithm on the server analyzes motion data for potentially urgent situations such as falls and for significant changes in the user'...
September 12, 2013
Crowdfunding is alive and well in mobile health. Just a few months after Scanadu's record-breaking presale, a number of mobile and digital health companies continue to turn to Indiegogo and Kickstarter to fund projects. Over the last few months, MobiHealthNews has written about Emotiv, Beddit, uCheck, and Eclipse.
EEG-tracking headset Emotiv still has three days left in its campaign, but the...
July 10, 2013
Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo, and Greg Sebasky, Chairman of Philips North America.
Philips has announced an innovation contest to give a total of $100,000 out to five startups creating technology to improve health and wellness. But companies that compete stand to get a lot more than the $60,000 grand prize: the Innovation Fellows Competition is being conducted in partnership with Indiegogo,...
July 8, 2013
Wexford, Pennsylvania-based Rijuven has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its CardioSleeve device, which turns a doctor's stethoscope into a mobile-enabled 3-Lead ECG device with digital auscultation. That is, it includes a clinical decision support system that helps doctors evaluate heart murmurs.
According to the company's website, with the CardioSleeve device attached, the stethoscope records...
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...