February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
November 25, 2009
Remote wireless cardiac monitoring company LifeWatch has announced a new offering for diagnosing sleep apnea: NiteWatch. The company expects to make the service commercially available during the first quarter of 2010.
Unlike its closest competitor, CardioNet, LifeWatch uses an actual smartphone as the gateway for its cardiac monitoring system -- the company has an exclusive carriage agreement...
November 6, 2009
"We're in the adolescence of the mobile and wireless revolution," White House Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Tom Kalil declared during a presentation at the Mobile Future luncheon in Washington D.C. this week. Kalil explained that wireless technology could help improve (and in some cases has already improved) the U.S. education system, the U.S. healthcare...
November 3, 2009
To sleep, perchance to dream: Nearly one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night, according to a recent CDC survey. Upwards to 70 million Americans might be classified as having chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the study. While many of these restless sleeper will not turn to the healthcare system for help, there seems to be a growing interest in sleep...
October 28, 2009
The number one reason that Alzheimer's patients are institutionalized is sleep disorders, Dr. Phillip Low, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of NeuroVigil explained during his presenation at the TEDMED conference in San Diego this week. It's not dementia. Low said that 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder but only 4 million have had sleep tests.
Low explained that those who do go to a...
September 10, 2009
CardioNet has announced new features for its cardiac remote monitoring and diagnostic MCOT system that give physicians more in-depth data. The new features will help physicians better diagnose atrial fibrillation, heart pauses, and ventricular tachycardia.
The company stated that the new features can be used in conjunction with CardioNet's SomNet program to help identify indications of sleep...
September 2, 2009
There has been a highly speculative and questionable rumor floating around that Philips is interested in buying wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet. The company has had a string of bad news lately as Highmark Medicare Services officially reduced reimbursement for the company's services starting yesterday. CardioNet is also facing class action lawsuits related to the reimbursement cut....
July 28, 2009
CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz laid out his company's growth strategy during a presentation this morning at Qualcomm's Smart Services Leadership Summit here in San Diego. Immediate opportunities for growth, Goldmuntz said, included leveraging CardioNet's platform to develop additional applications that relate to atrial fibrillation. Adjacent markets could include...
May 15, 2009
CardioNet, the only pure play wireless health company that has gone public, began selling a sleep disorders clinical indicator, called SomNet. The company believes that SomNet has the potential to identify patients with a high likelihood of sleep disorders by measuring cyclic variation of heart rate (CVHR), a rhythm that is caused by repeated arousals from sleep because of the disorders.
April 21, 2009
The FDA recently approved a 15-centimeter wireless sensor that aims to reduce hospitalizations by automating early detection of heart failure. The waterproof sensor is attached to the patient's skin and transmits data to a mobile phone or similar device in the patient's pocket. The system monitors heart and respiration rates, patient activity, and accumulation of body fluid. The data is then sent...