Proteus Biomedical

By Brian Dolan 10:56 am November 11, 2009
MobiHealthNews on MobileBeyond: Brian Prows, host of the MobileBeyond podcast, was kind enough to invite me onto his show to discuss wireless health. The conversation covered a lot of ground, including wireless remote monitoring, medical applications for smartphones, wireless sensors, care providers mobile portals, consumer health, the "Silver Tsunami" and more. Be sure to check out other...
By Brian Dolan 05:56 am November 6, 2009
The magazine Start-up recently published an overview of the wireless health industry but wrote it as a wake up call for medical device makers. Here's the paragraph that really boils down what's been going on in wireless health: "The wireless revolution in health care won't just add another gadget to the toolbox of medical product manufacturers. Wireless health is a trend that sees the...
By Brian Dolan 06:30 am November 3, 2009
To sleep, perchance to dream: Nearly one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night, according to a recent CDC survey. Upwards to 70 million Americans might be classified as having chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the study. While many of these restless sleeper will not turn to the healthcare system for help, there seems to be a growing interest in sleep...
By Brian Dolan 05:00 am November 2, 2009
One of the key enabling technologies for the wireless health market is wireless sensors -- BandAid-like, peel-and-stick biometric sensors that also include low-power, short range wireless radios. Similar sensors may be implantable or embedded in our sneakers like Nike+. Examples of the peel-and-stick variety include the calorie tracking sensor that Philometron is developing, the EEG sensor from...
By Brian Dolan 10:04 pm October 28, 2009
The global market for telecommunications is about $4 trillion to $4.5 trillion, Proteus Biomedical CEO Andrew Thompson noted during his presentation at TEDMED this week in San Diego. While there is this ongoing debate about healthcare reform, I noticed that there isn't a reform discussion taking place about technology markets, Thompson said. That's interesting, but it's important to know the...
By Brian Dolan 09:22 am September 24, 2009
Changes for 510(k) in 2011? The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a review of its 510(k) review procedure, which has come under fire by both safety advocates and government watchdogs, the report said. The nonprofit Institute of Medicine will conduct the two-year review of the 510k procedure. More On managing de-centralized care: "There seems to exist almost an...
By Brian Dolan 01:45 pm September 22, 2009
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has tapped intelligent medicine start-up Proteus Biomedical for a small 20 patient study to track patients' compliance with their blood pressure drug regimen. The patients are taking blood pressure drug Diovan and the study organizers track their compliance via Proteus' "chip in the pill" technology, which reports to a receiver sensor on the patient's shoulder when...
By Brian Dolan 08:12 am August 15, 2009
A new report conducted by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) found that not taking medications as prescribed leads to poorer health, more frequent hospitalization, a higher risk of death and as much as $290 billion annually in increased medical costs. Anywhere from one-third to one-half of patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed. Not taking the medication on time...
By Brian Dolan 01:00 am July 23, 2009
During the winter, rabbits and squirrels are scarce so birds of prey need to focus on larger prey to survive. They hunt goats, antelopes and caribou. Fewer investments, bigger pay-offs. Yes, it's July, but thanks to the current economy it's still winter for investors. While it may be sunnier in the emerging wireless health industry than elsewhere, recent events have helped your Taxonomist-In-...
By Brian Dolan 11:21 am June 11, 2009
Proteus Biomedical CEO Andrew Thompson describes his company as a pioneer of intelligent medicine -- Proteus embeds computers and sensors inside drugs and devices to monitor in real-time when a patient takes a drug and how they respond to it. Thompson says the service will also include reminders and notices for patients' caregivers or family members to keep them in the loop. And although Thomspon...