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...
November 4, 2009
Philips has inked a deal with the largest health insurer in the Netherlands, Achmea, for a pilot home healthcare project that could eventually become rolled out across Europe. Philips' goal is to help doctors monitor patients' health remotely but to also equip patients with respiratory diseases with products help them better manage their conditions at home.
Philips estimates that the global...
September 2, 2009
There has been a highly speculative and questionable rumor floating around that Philips is interested in buying wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet. The company has had a string of bad news lately as Highmark Medicare Services officially reduced reimbursement for the company's services starting yesterday. CardioNet is also facing class action lawsuits related to the reimbursement cut....
August 27, 2009
BL Healthcare scooped up $3 million of a planned $5 million investment round, according to Mass High Tech. The company secured the money through the placement of preferred stock and warrants but the funders remain undisclosed. BL Healthcare developed a platform called TVx, which receives a patient's health information from various Bluetooth-enabled wireless devices in the home and displays the...
February 1, 2009
Zume Life is a San Jose start-up founded in 2006 that has developed its own dedicated device that allows those with chronic illnesses, their caretakers, or anyone with a complex regimen to keep track of and manage their own care. Last week mobihealthnews caught up with Zume Life's CEO Rajiv Mehta to discuss where primary caregivers fit into Zume Life's product, why "bucketized" approaches to...
January 31, 2009
Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NEC Philips debuted a DECT watch phone intended for use in healthcare and hospitality sectors. This week mobihealthnews caught up with NEC Philips Unified Solutions Manager of Marketing Communications Robert van Amerongen and the company's Business Manager for Mobility Solutions Bert van Koelen to discuss the device's CES launch,...