August 17, 2010
By Joel White, Executive Director, Health IT Now Coalition
Over the past decade the ability of even small medical practices to access the Internet using a broadband connection has given us an entirely new set of tools to be far more efficient in the backroom record-keeping of a practice, better able to bring high-tech diagnostics and treatments to rural areas; and, as our population continues to...
July 1, 2010
Toumaz, a wireless medical sensor company based in the United Kingdom, told investors that it has made operational strides for both healthcare industry products and consumer-focused initiatives. While Toumaz launched its CE marked Life Pebble late last year, it has plans to submit an end-to-end wireless vital signs monitoring system for FDA clearance and a CE mark later next year.
Toumaz said its...
June 23, 2010
Must-read article on implantable, connected heart failure devices: The New York Times has a must-read article on connected, implantable devices for heart failure. Among the many highlights: "The devices can cost as much as $30,000. Do patients with defibrillators make up for some of that expense with fewer hospitalizations or doctor visits? A study using a similar device, made by Medtronic,...
June 15, 2010
At the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute conference this week, Aetna and Intel released preliminary findings from their Intel Health Guide pilot for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. The pilots aim was to demonstrate how remote patient monitoring and nurse case management could improve the health of Medicare patients with CHF.
Dr. Randall Krakauer, Aetna’s national Medicare...
June 2, 2010
CardioMEMS, the company developing a wireless implantable sensor for heart failure patients, has recently announced the results of its nearly three year-long CHAMPION trial. One of the topline results from the trial: The number of hospitalizations for heart failure patients reduced by 38 percent over the the full duration of the study.
CHAMPION stands for: CardioMEMS Heart Sensor Allows...
May 19, 2010
The American Telemedicine Association's 2010 event in San Antonio, Texas just wrapped up yesterday. Here's a roundup of deals, studies and product launches from the event:
Two-thirds of US care providers use telehealth: Health care delivery in the US will change dramatically as care providers adopt telehealth technology, according to a new report conducted by Intel and released at the ATA 2010...
May 11, 2010
By the year 2014 public and private healthcare providers may save between $1.96 billion and $5.83 billion in healthcare costs thanks to remote patient monitoring over cellular networks, according to a recent report from Juniper Research.
Juniper believes that the US and Canadian markets will generate the most cost savings, because of those countries' high healthcare costs, system structure and...
April 27, 2010
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has teamed up with Ideal Life to pilot a wireless remote monitoring system that aims to help users better manage their high blood pressure. The Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) will direct the program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging.
April 21, 2010
The FDA announced today that it has cleared Proteus Biomedical's wireless, adhesive sensor technology Raisin, which can track and record a patient's heart rate, physical activity, body position and other biometrics. Raisin then transmits the data via Bluetooth to a PC or mobile device. Proteus explains that the Raisin device is worn just like a bandaid.
Raisin, however, is just one part of the...
April 21, 2010
The ever evolving iVisit Mx suite of remote patient monitoring and disease management tools has just added a new partner: Ideal Life. The company brings blood pressure monitoring devices, heart rate monitors, connected body weight scales, and glucose meters to the iVisit Mx platform. iVisit already counts the Wound Technology Network, Diversinet, CellUCare, Gentag, Kai Medical and others as its...