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...
September 11, 2012
San Antonio-based AirStrip Technologies announced this week that it had secured a US patent in late August that covers its methodology for mobilizing physiologic data to smartphone, tablets, and other devices. AirStrip's core product has been its mobile patient monitoring platform, which it offers to large healthcare facilities, but the company claims the patent impacts consumer-facing mobile...
August 21, 2012
Less than two years after its founding, the Intel-GE Care Innovations joint venture is making some changes to its product line and operating structure to reflect a new emphasis on care coordination and senior living, including aging in place.
Care Innovations, which Intel and GE Healthcare set up in January 2011, is considering whether to sell or discontinue Intel Reader, a text-to-speech...
April 4, 2012
While Apple has previously noted that its FaceTime app (shown) meets HIPAA requirements, the program piloted by UC San Diego researchers just uses recorded video messages not real-time interactions.
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego are testing out how well smartphone-enabled video recordings of medication intake helps tuberculosis (TB) patients living in San Diego and...
March 28, 2012
According to a new report from iData Research, the US patient monitoring market was worth more than $3.1 billion in 2011 and it is expected to approach $4.2 billion by 2018. The research firm points to a few key drivers of this growth: the rapid adoption of wireless ambulatory telemetry monitors, low acuity vital signs monitors, telehealth services for chronic condition management, and monitoring...
March 26, 2012
According to a new report from GBI Research, the global patient monitoring devices market will hit $8 billion in 2017, up from $6.1 billion in 2010. The firm pegs the device market's CAGR at about 4 percent for the next five years. GBI notes that advancements in wireless and sensor technologies are driving the patient monitoring devices market.
GBI also points to the typical trends that continue...
March 21, 2012
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While the medical field has been a steady but slow growth market for chip makers, a recent report over at Chip Design claims that one segment of the medical market, remote patient monitoring, is picking up momentum. Broadcom, IMEC, Qualcomm, Intel, TI, Toumaz and other are angling to compete with new multimode wireless chips.
While adoption is still low, the race...
March 19, 2012
Last week Salt Lake City-based mobile personal emergency response (MPERS) provider ActiveCare inked a deal to acquire 4G Biometrics, a company that offers near real time blood glucose monitoring to insurers and self-insured employers. According to an SEC filing, the pricetag on the all-stockdeal will be equivalent to 6.6 times a six month sales period ending in September. While this is likely not...
March 14, 2012
Palo Alto, California-based Jiff announced this week that it had raised $7.5 million in its first round of funding. The investment round was led by Aeris Capital and included participation from Jiff's founding seed investor Aberdare Ventures. The startup also announced that it had appointed former president and CEO of Robert Bosch Healthcare, Derek Newell, as its first CEO.
Too often patients...
March 7, 2012
Telemonitoring technology paired with interactive voice response succeeded in cutting 30-day post-discharge readmissions by 44 percent for patients hospitalized for heart failure in a wide deployment at a large, integrated health system.
Geisinger Health Plan, the insurance arm of Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., also found an 85 percent patient compliance rate with its monitoring program...