March 16, 2010
The FCC published its 360-page National Broadband Plan today and it includes a 25 page chapter on broadband and healthcare. We pulled out one section that focuses on mobile networks and "the Future of Health" that summarizes much of the activity ongoing in the mobile health industry today.
The FCC points to physicians using smartphones for remote diagnosis; consumers using mobile devices for...
January 6, 2010
One in three people 65-years-old and older fall each year, and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, mostly caused by falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. What's more: one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. Existing devices that aid those who fall enable them to call for help after the fall, in other words, once the damage has been done. Another...
December 30, 2009
Home health devices and services for seniors: The Canadian Press has a worthwhile article on devices that aim to help keep seniors living comfortably at home longer in an effort to enable them to stay out of care facilities. The article includes a rundown of GE's recent efforts, including its work with the recently acquired QuietCare technology, but it also includes a brief note from the AARP: "...
December 29, 2009
According to MobiHealthNews' year-end report, there were 15 venture capital investments announced during 2009 and 11 of them were for wireless remote patient monitoring start-ups. The remainder included a start-up working on a converged platform for physicians-patient communications, a smartphone app developer focused on fitness games, a call-in physician consultation service, and a tablet-based...
December 21, 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers has published a report over the weekend that examines ways by which the healthcare industry might "squeeze" more cost savings our of the system. As you might imagine connected health solutions are a consistent theme throughout much of the report. Here's how it breaks down:
Telecommunications service providers: PwC notes that big telecom companies including Verizon, AT&T...
December 17, 2009
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which develops technical specs and evangelizes Bluetooth technology, announced today the formal launch of Bluetooth Low Energy, a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. Bluetooth Low Energy has already garnered the support of the Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 companies working on interoperability for personal medical devices and...
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...
December 10, 2009
UPDATE: Corventis and Speck have retracted the press release this story pulled from because of some inaccurate statements Speck's representatives made about the Corventis device. Here's Corventis' statement:
"Corventis and Speck worked together on industrial design concepts related to research prototypes for our wireless cardiovascular solution pipeline. Although our engagement has since...
December 8, 2009
WellAware Systems, which develops wellness monitoring solutions for senior care providers, secured $7.5 million in venture capital from Valhalla Partners and .406 Ventures.
WellAware's monitoring system consists of an array of wireless sensors placed throughout the senior's home -- these sensors capture data that is then communicated wirelessly through the cloud to the WellAware database....
December 1, 2009
"The question is not whether governments should use mobile health," Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao declared, "it is how" they should use it. Colao's keynote presentation kicked off Informa's Mobile Healthcare Summit here in London.
Vodafone group counts more than 315 million people as its wireless customers, which includes Vodafone subsidiaries all around the world. Vodafone also owns a...