August 27, 2009
Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless have officially named their machine-to-machine joint venture, nPhase, after the M2M company Qualcomm acquired a few years ago. While the new JV will certainly include healthcare applications, it also has telematics, smart grids and other key M2M markets within its focus. nPhase could become a key driver of Qualcomm's healthcare initiatives.
While on the subject of...
August 25, 2009
"The single fastest growing medical device we have in this country is probably the iPhone," Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association told Mobihealthnews. "I have discussions about the iPhone every single day."
Linkous also explained how the telemedicine industry has grown from "white labeled" (literally) corporate video conferencing solutions to the rapidly growing wireless...
August 20, 2009
In the fall of 2004, news broke that Best Buy planned to launch a new chain of retail stores, called Eq-Life, that targeted middle-age women shoppers. Eq-Life would help them access technology and resources to manage their family's health. At the time, a Best Buy spokeswoman said that Eq-Life was serving an "uncharted industry."
After about 18 months of lackluster sales at the original...
August 5, 2009
According to a recent report from Parks Associates, the U.S. market for wireless home-based healthcare applications and services will grow at a five-year cumulative annual growth rate of over 180% and become a $4.4 billion industry in 2013. The report points to healthcare reform from the Obama Administration as one driver of adoption in wireless home-care technologies.
Parks stated that the...
July 31, 2009
At the recent Qualcomm Smart Services Leadership Summit, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs confirmed our recent report that the company's healthcare focused MVNO LifeComm had become irrelevant. Mobihealthnews broke the news that LifeComm was shutting down two weeks ago.
"After working for a few years to get the venture capital lined up, we were hit with the economic downturn. In the meantime,...
July 30, 2009
Wireless healthcare is, ultimately, a consumer play. That was one key message built-in to both West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol's presentation and CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz's presentation this week at the Qualcomm Smart Services Leadership Summit.
There are currently 1.2 million people who use mobile fitness products to track their vital signs...
July 28, 2009
CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz laid out his company's growth strategy during a presentation this morning at Qualcomm's Smart Services Leadership Summit here in San Diego. Immediate opportunities for growth, Goldmuntz said, included leveraging CardioNet's platform to develop additional applications that relate to atrial fibrillation. Adjacent markets could include...
July 28, 2009
Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm announced a joint venture to provide advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) services, including wireless healthcare applications, devices and services. The as yet unnamed joint venture will be led by Steve Pazol, Qualcomm's VP of Global Smart Services.
M2M is broadly defined as the market for devices that connect through wireless markets to each other, wireless sensors...
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-...
July 21, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance has added three companies to its board of directors: Qualcomm, Ascension Health and CA. The industry alliance of now more than 200 healthcare and technology companies works to ensure global interoperability between personal telehealth solutions.
Continua's board of directors already includes representation from Cisco, Intel, Medtronic, Kaiser Permanente, Panasonic,...