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By Brian Dolan 11:24 am April 14, 2010
An "odd couple" is how the New York Times described the pairing of insurer UnitedHealth and community fitness center chain YMCA. In an effort to prevent members from developing diabetes, UnitedHealth Group announced this week that it would pay for 16-week at the YMCA that explain how changes in eating, exercise and other lifestyle habits can help prevent Type 2 diabetes. The program is free for...
By Brian Dolan 01:59 am March 18, 2010
One federal agency suggesting ways that another federal agency might better do its job is commonplace in Washington D.C., but it's of particular interest for this editor when the topic is mobile health. Within the FCC's 360 page National Broadband Plan, which it unveiled earlier this week, there is a full chapter and some two dozen pages about healthcare. The FCC calls connected health "eCare"...
By Brian Dolan 12:34 pm March 17, 2010
This week MobiHealthNews had a chance to discuss wireless health trends and activities at the West Wireless Health Institute with the Institute's new CEO Don Casey. We asked Casey to list five things the WWHI will accomplish in 2010, to point to some of the key challenges facing the wireless health industry and more. MobiHealthNews: Name five things the WWHI will accomplish this year. Casey: 1)...
By Brian Dolan 07:43 am February 3, 2010
The Mobile Health Initiative (mHI) event in Washington D.C. this morning began with two keynotes from the mHI's founders Peter Waegemann and Claudia Tessier, who built on their previous presentation of the mHI's 12 clusters for mHealth and overall vision for mHealth's opportunity. While it may not be too surprising given the mHI's previous focus on EMRs as the Medical Records Institute, the...
By Brian Dolan 08:13 pm February 1, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring for patients with heart conditions is fast becoming a crowded space for wireless health companies -- CardioNet, the only pureplay wireless health company to have gone public and LifeWatch, a Switzerland-based company are just two of the big players in this ever popular field. Last month we noted that Corventis had received FDA approval for its MCOT system, which put it...
By Brian Dolan 10:57 am January 19, 2010
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis' Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. -- Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system -- last April. According to the company...
By Brian Dolan 05:08 pm December 15, 2009
CardioNet, a wireless remote cardiac monitoring company, has hired Lazard Freres & Co. of New York to evaluate its options, CEO Randy Thurman told investors on a call this morning. Analysts believe the move means CardioNet may seriously consider a sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, CardioNet previously had hinted it would consider a sale and Jefferies & Co. analyst Joshua...
By Brian Dolan 06:21 am December 7, 2009
"These days, everybody is talking about medical care: Who gets it? Who pays for it? Who decides?" Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T, told the Star Ledger in a recent interview. Miller is a veteran of the wireless carrier's research labs. "But few people are working on a technology solution that would lower costs and make medical care better at the same time."...
By Brian Dolan 07:09 am November 20, 2009
The Wall Street Journal has an incendiary profile piece on the Jeffries analyst, Brian Kennedy, who predicted that Highmark CMS would cut its reimbursement rate for CardioNet's wireless cardiac monitoring  service. CardioNet is the only public company fully focused on wireless health, which makes it a true pioneer for the emerging industry. While the aftermath that followed Kennedy's April...
By Brian Dolan 09:59 am November 6, 2009
Should hospitals who use telemedicine technologies be compensated for revenues lost because of reduced admissions and ED visits? That's the proposition set forth in a column over at iHealthBeat by Protima Advani, Practice Manager for the IT Insights program at the Advisory Board Company: "Needless to say, more than just federal grants are needed to drive growth in telemedicine programs. Changes...