July 15, 2009
It's been more than four years since Qualcomm first announced its plans to help launch a healthcare-focused mobile phone service, called LifeComm. Qualcomm and its (still) undisclosed partners recently decided that it was time to pull the plug on LifeComm after failing to raise additional third party funding, mobihealthnews has learned from an anonymous source.
A circa 2007 mock-up of a LifeComm...
June 25, 2009
Not unlike the mHealth industry, the city of Seattle began with a number of false starts: The first European settlers in the city named their original village "New York," but perhaps because of the anticipated confusion changed it to "Alki," which meant "by and by" or "someday" in Chinook. A few years later Alki's settlers found it rough goings so they moved a short distance across the bay in an...
June 24, 2009
At the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Qualcomm's Clint McClellan revealed that Lifecomm, a Qualcomm start-up that has been in the works for a number of years, will sell a mobile phone with an embedded glucometer as one of its first offerings. Lifecomm was first announced by Qualcomm in 2005, but has yet to launch. The company will reportedly manage the wireless connectivity...
June 2, 2009
GreatCall, parent company to Jitterbug, the easy-to-use mobile phone service for seniors, launched a new phone called the Jitterbug J, which is a big step since the service provider formerly only had two other phones available. It's much more interesting, however, what that new phone makes possible for Jitterbug customers: the new "Jitterbug Service Store."
The new store is made possible by the J...
May 28, 2009
Cheri Voisine, Marketing Consultant, mHealth Industry
By Cheri Voisine, Marketing Consultant for the mHealth Industry
"Seventy-five percent of what we need to do here has nothing to do with technology," explained Mark Dronzek, Chief Information Officer for Family Health International at an mHealth conference hosted by the University of California at San Francisco last week. mHealth is...
May 18, 2009
During the first day of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting, called the Convergence Summit, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs defined convergence as the overlapping of computer devices, consumer electronic devices and wireless technology, according to Tim Gee's Medical Connectivity blog. Jacobs pointed to the Amazon Kindle, as a prototype for the future: a device with built-in wireless (cellular...
April 27, 2009
Telcordia's Senior Scientist George Collier told attendees at ATA here in Las Vegas, "Voice calls are so yesterday -- I rarely use my Blackberry for calls compared to all the other things I do with it... the mobile is a ubiquitous companion that we can use ... to help deliver on the promise of participatory health care."
Mary Foto, CEO of The Foto Group tells attendees that the WSJ's recent...
April 27, 2009
According to a recent report from Wireless Week, Epocrates' mobile application played a pivotal role in getting the word out to physicians that the psoriasis drug Raptiva had been pulled from the market because it may play a role in a potentially fatal brain condition called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).
A few hours after the drug was pulled from the market, Epocrates sent an...
April 20, 2009
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Last week Vital Wave Consulting noted that a number of large technology vendors have made investments in mobile health initiatives for developed markets. Vital Wave pointed out that the timing was probably meant to coincide with the U.S. government's plan to invest $20 billion into modernizing healthcare. GE and Intel recently announced a joint $250 million investment...
April 13, 2009
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs recently offered a vision of future mobile applications that included enhanced reality where mobile phones can use location data and cameras to identify people and places. While Jacobs did not give a time frame for his vision's realization, it may be much sooner than he thinks.
If you ask iVisit, the precursor technology to the one Jacobs described will be available this...