December 4, 2012
(Left to Right) Gienna Shaw, Virend Somers, Alain Labrique, Alan Snell, Frances Dare, and Craig Kaiser.
Most discussions about remote monitoring these days focus on its potential to reduce hospital readmissions, lead to earlier preventive care, and reap cost savings. The pressure is beginning to build as Medicare penalties for preventable readmissions have recently begun to take effect. Now...
November 29, 2012
This week Conshohocken, PA-based wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet announced the launch of an iPad app, called CardioNet Access. The app is for physicians who prescribe the company's mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) system, which helps doctors diagnose and monitor cardiac arrhythmias. The CardioNet Access app offers its physician users "easier accessibility to their patient...
November 16, 2012
Photo Credit: Adam Schultz / Clinton Foundation
Remote and home patient monitoring technologies will be a key component of former President Bill Clinton's new push, through his William J. Clinton Foundation, to eliminate health disparities between communities of different socioeconomic and racial strata.
Clinton this week introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, in partnership with...
October 23, 2012
A British university is joining the growing roster of organizations formally researching the effectiveness of digital healthcare technologies and brainstorming further innovations.
The Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) at the University of Warwick in England is teaming with the university's WMG innovation center and Bosch Healthcare to create the IDH Learning Lab. Also participating is...
October 22, 2012
mVisum STEMI Alert app
Last week San Antonio, Texas-based AirStrip Technologies filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York that alleges mVisum has infringed on AirStrip's patent for remote monitoring of patient medical data on smartphones. AirStrip announced that it had secured the patent at the end of August.
"AirStrip has a responsibility to exercise its...
October 18, 2012
AirStrip Technologies, maker of mobile patient monitoring software, has landed a substantial investment from British charitable foundation Wellcome Trust, which supports commercialization of breakthroughs in biomedial research. The San Antonio-based company will use the funding to realize previously announced plans to help physician users extract data from electronic health records.
October 2, 2012
In an editorial published in The Wall Street Journal last week, former Senator Evan Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, argued that at least one provision in the Affordable Care Act "threatens thousands of American jobs and our global competitiveness". Bayh was pointing to the 2.3 percent tax that the law requires medical device companies to tack on to each sale starting in January.
For the first half...
October 1, 2012
In remotely installing a software upgrade for all of its U.S. customers, the maker of a "smart bed" system for hospitals and post-acute rehab facilities, claims to have developed the country's first application that biometrically validates bed position changes through a secure, cloud-based monitoring platform.
The new Position Change feature from BAM Labs, Campbell, Calif., an optional feature in...
September 20, 2012
Perhaps you've seen last month's report from Kaiser Health News that more than 2,200 hospitals—almost two-thirds of all U.S. acute care facilities—face Medicare payment deductions starting Oct. 1 because too many patients with three common but treatable conditions were readmitted within 30 days of initial discharge. That's going to cost those hospitals a total of $280 million during federal...
September 19, 2012
The newly renamed West Health Institute may have dropped "wireless" from its name a month ago, but its first commercial spinoff fits firmly within the institute's roots.
La Jolla, Calif.-based West Health has formed Sense4Baby to market a wireless fetal monitor by the same name. The company, which, according to the institute, has received a "significant funding commitment" from the West Health...