November 12, 2015
Right now, UCLA Health system's patient-facing mobile health initiatives are scattered across a number of different pilots for particular disease groups inside and outside the hospital. But as the apps are tested and developed further, the hospital hopes to link them all into the patient portal to create a "single source of truth for the patient," according to UCLA Health's Director of Health IT...
October 16, 2015
New York City-based FRND, a startup that has developed an app that allows patients to request a house call, launched in New York City last week. The company also has received funding from an angel round.
This is the latest in a growing list of companies to offer a doctor house call service, but unlike a few other apps on the market that offer a similar service, including Heal, Dispatch, and Pager...
October 5, 2015
Tactio Health Group, a Montreal-based company that builds smartphone-connected remote patient monitoring devices, will run a 25-person pilot study with the University of Michigan Health System, studying the effects of pharmacist-led home blood pressure monitoring and medication reminders on people with hypertension.
"This study seeks to put patient collected data into the hands of a healthcare...
September 30, 2015
The medical app market was worth $489 million in 2015 and nearly 40 percent of sales came from health monitoring apps, according to a report from research firm Kalorama Information.
Kalorama includes telemedicine and monitoring apps in this app category.
"Involvement in this care segment has several benefits and hospitals, care givers, device manufacturers, and patients are continuing to jump on...
August 25, 2015
Thanks to a mix of new payment models and the rise of consumer-driven healthcare, remote patient monitoring and remote care services are increasingly available and increasingly popular.
This year brought with it a number of important developments in digital health reimbursement that will accelerate the trend. In addition to the now, well-known new Medicare billing code for chronic condition...
August 11, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
Some 4 million patients globally will remotely monitor their health conditions by 2020, up from 664,000 patients in 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
IHS also broke out estimates for congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD, and mental health. Just over 324,000 patients monitored congestive heart failure in in 2014 and IHS predicts the...
August 10, 2015
CareScape V100, a GE patient monitor.
Despite protestations from the American Hospital Association and a cadre of 16 Republican members of Congress, the FCC decided at its August meeting to allow unlicensed devices to use some of the spectrum previously reserved for medical devices.
The AHA and the Representatives both sent letters to the FCC in the last days of July, urging them to postpone...
August 5, 2015
Lowell, Massachusetts-based remote patient monitoring company InfoBionic has raised $8 million led by existing investor Safeguard Scientifics. Other existing investors also contributed to the round, including Excel Venture Management and Zaffre Investments, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
When InfoBionic raised a previous funding round, in November 2014, the company...
July 16, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
The global advanced patient monitoring market is currently worth about $31.4 billion, according to a report from Kalorama Information. Kalorama added that the patient monitoring market has benefited from the demand in major healthcare facilities and home treatment markets to move to a wireless system.
Advanced patient monitoring offerings, according to...
June 18, 2015
Patients with diabetes may be more likely benefit from a mobile phone-based health coaching program with remote monitoring than patients with heart disease, according to a study of 267 heart patients and 250 diabetes patients, which was conducted in 2012 by researchers in Finland and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
The trial lasted one year and examined whether using a...