June 30, 2010
The World Economic Forum convened an mHealth Summit in San Diego this week led by Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs who is also the Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mobile Communications. Following the discussion yesterday, the group put together a series of videos, including a video of the day's opening remarks and a series of quick interviews with some of the...
June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...
June 17, 2010
The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) made three big announcements today from its Open House in La Jolla, California: The Gary and Mary West Foundation have donated an additional $25 million to the institute, the Carlos Slim Health Institute is now a partner of the WWHI, and CareFusion, Cisco and Medtronic have joined its roster of Technology and Education (T&E) partners.
To date, the...
May 17, 2010
Wireless-enabled blood glucose meter developer Telcare has raised $2.5 million of a targeted $4 million equity offering, according to a regulatory filing. Telcare plans to offer its blood glucose meter offering (pending FDA clearance) to its customers at the same pricepoint of "disconnected" devices that are already on the market.
According to the company: "[The] Telcare blood glucose meter...
May 13, 2010
Tuesday, around 3 in the morning, San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer used his iPhone to self-diagnose (correctly!) his appendicitis. While Stauffer was upstate in San Francisco for an away game, the MobiHealthNews team was down in San Diego for the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event.
On the first day, the WLSA Investors' Summit, TripleTree and the alliance awarded three companies I Awards:...
May 13, 2010
Qualcomm's Lifecomm is back and it has taken the form of a mobile personal emergency response offering.
Hughes Telematics, Qualcomm, and American Medical Alert announced a joint venture to deliver mobile health services called Lifecomm. Lifecomm, an entity formed with cash and in-kind contributions by the parties, will operate as a majority-owned subsidiary of HTI and plans to launch a mobile...
April 27, 2010
Last week the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled “Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home.”
The hearing focused on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, the need for more broadband, the special health care needs of the senior population and the obstacles presented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...
February 24, 2010
We attended the TEDMED event this past October in San Diego, because it included a number of speakers discussing wireless health innovations: West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol, NeuroVigil's Dr. Phillip Low, Proteus Biomedical's Andrew Thompson as well as speakers from Intel, Qualcomm and more.
TEDMED's organizers recently posted a video documenting Dr. Topol's presentation at the...
February 17, 2010
World Economic Forum turned attention to wireless health: At the World Economic Forum last month, a number of wireless health start-ups were among the speakers. One was Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs whose team has uploaded this video about the wireless health opportunity. Word has it that the WEF's telecom group will have wireless health as a focus this year. Video
Japanese operator to leverage...
January 14, 2010
For many years I avoided the Consumer Electronics Show. Too big, I was told. Too much noise -- not enough news. With my focus on the wireless industry at the time, this advice was mostly true -- for many years CES was not an event where companies made wireless-related news. Then -- seemingly suddenly -- CES became one of the most popular places to launch mobile phones, announce new mobile...