September 24, 2014
MobiHealthNews has been tracking FDA clearances for smartphone-connected medical devices and standalone apps for many years. So far 2014 has had its fair share -- about two dozen digital health-related FDA clearances have been secured this year. Here's a roundup:
New York City-based Kinsa Health received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Kinsa smart thermometer, which can be used, orally, under-arm,...
September 24, 2014
Eighty four percent of patients said they should be able to use technology to help their doctors make a diagnosis, while 69 percent of physicians said patients should use such tools to help them form a diagnosis. That's according to a recent survey from WebMD. In a follow up, the survey asked physicians if patients should self-diagnose using technology, to which only 17 percent of physicians said...
June 11, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based G-Tech Medical, which is developing a wearable, disposable sensor patch for patients with gastrointestinal problems, has received funding from investor Peter Thiel's nonprofit fund, Breakout Labs. The grant was for $350,000. G-Tech is also looking to raise additional money to fund its next phase of development.
G-Tech's patches measure the electrical activity from the...
May 9, 2014
By MobiHealthNews' count there are currently more than 35,000 unique, health-related apps available in various app stores. That includes everything from fitness and diet tracking apps to clinical decision support apps for doctors. Within that group we estimate that about 10,000 apps available today are intended for use by medical professionals.
For a few years now Apple has shared a variety of "...
May 22, 2013
A team of doctors at the University of Virginia medical center has developed an app to more easily, quickly, and efficiently transmit electrocardiogram tracings from heart attack patients to doctors, enabling doctors to diagnose a particular kind of heart attack that can benefit from immediate treatment.
UVA Medical Center
A STEMI, or ST segment myocardial infarction, is a kind of heart attack,...
March 21, 2013
We are live blogging old school today: Hit the refresh button every few minutes for updates! (Liveblogging is now concluded!)
10:26AM: The hearing is now adjourned! Apparently they cut it short to vote.
10:25AM: Final question goes to Mostashari from Burgess around why the ONC doesn't just make interoperability happen.
10:23AM: Rep Griffith is now asking about the diagnostic device that was...
October 22, 2012
mVisum STEMI Alert app
Last week San Antonio, Texas-based AirStrip Technologies filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York that alleges mVisum has infringed on AirStrip's patent for remote monitoring of patient medical data on smartphones. AirStrip announced that it had secured the patent at the end of August.
"AirStrip has a responsibility to exercise its...
September 4, 2012
iSonea's AsthmaSense App
Medical technology company iSonea has raised $1.05 million in funding from Australian businessman Bruce Mathieson, who now owns about 15 percent of the company.
iSonea's CEO Michael Thomas explained that the funding would help the company build more of its medical devices' functionality into the smartphone platform: "iSonea is committed to developing innovative, non-...
August 22, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded a three-year, $1.9 million grant to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts to develop miniaturized wireless sensors that can detect early signs of blood loss on the battlefield and potentially save soldiers' lives.
The planned sensors will measure vital signs by shining infrared and visible light through the skin and measure how blood in the arteries...
August 21, 2012
According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, the Brazilian market is the second fastest growing BRIC market after China. Last year Brazil's health IT market generated revenues of $410 million, which is expected to hit $714 million by 2015. The country will also make up more than 47 percent of the Latin American market by 2015, according to the report.
The country's healthcare IT market...