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...
November 16, 2009
San Diego, California-based start-up Triage Wireless has changed its name to Sotera Wireless as part of an agreement with Inverness Medical Innovations, which markets products under the Triage brand.
Triage Wireless, now Sotera Wireless, has close ties to Qualcomm and is developing continuous, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring technology with arterial-line accuracy and without the need for...
November 11, 2009
Best Buy announced today that 40 of its stores in the U.S. have begun offering personal health solutions devices like pedometers, Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure monitors.
"New technologies are emerging daily to help people plan, monitor, and enhance their health and fitness activities," Best Buy stated in its press release. "Yet finding the ways and the time to stay fit and...
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...
November 5, 2009
Jitterbug's acquisition of mobile personal emergency response system (M-PERS) start-up MobiWatch this week was demonstrative of a business model and device strategy that doesn't seem to work in today's wireless health market. MobiWatch's planned offering, MobiFob, was a key-chain with a button that connected via Bluetooth to the user's cell phone. When the MobiFob's button was pressed the user's...
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...
October 29, 2009
(Pictured on Left) Ezekiel Emanuel, Special Advisor for Health Policy, OMB, Executive Office of President Obama.
The organizers of TEDMED managed to get Emanuel to close out the second day of the event with a sit-down discussion, however, he was under strict orders not to discuss health reform. Emanuel, instead, discussed health systems generally, vaguely described his relationship with his...
October 29, 2009
"Medicine is going to be vastly different," Chief Medical Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, Dr. Eric Topol told attendees at the TEDMED event in San Diego this week. "As a cardiologist for the past 25 years, I can tell you that the stethoscope is dead." The stethoscope, which was created in 1816 won't be used by doctors in 2016, Topol said.
"What has changed our society is wireless...
October 26, 2009
The West Wireless Health Institute has tapped engineer Mehran Mehregany as the institute's executive vice president of engineering and chief of engineering research, which makes Mehregany responsible for planning and implementing engineering research and academic initiatives. He officially takes the post November 2.
Mehregany previously served as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve...
October 23, 2009
mHealth in Latin America: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a program to generate mobile phone-based services for the lower income populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The services will address poverty problems, including health, education, social protection, employment and business, according to the IDB. Around 80 percent of the region’s population, or 460 million...