March 4, 2010
In Atlanta this week wireless really was everywhere. The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2010 offered free WiFi service to all its attendees and it worked (almost) everywhere. Nearly every major electronic health records (EHR) vendor had a smartphone strategy announcement or at least one in their back pocket. Thanks to the smartphone buzz, applications that were once...
March 3, 2010
"HIMSS has been working for decades to get the healthcare industry out of the 1970s and into the 21st century," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse pointed out during his keynote at the HIMSS event in Atlanta this week. "That's why I'm here," Hesse said, "to help facilitate that change."
We have a historic opportunity in healthcare right now to use wireless technologies to boost efficiencies, reduce costs all...
February 25, 2010
A year ago at the HIMSS healthcare IT event in Chicago, MobiHealthNews lamented the lack of wireless health presentations, panel sessions and exhibiting companies on the event's showfloor. We did, however, meet with the founder of a new smartphone app centered start-up, Voalte. The company's founder Trey Lauderdale had worked previously at Philips' subsidiary Emergin, where he sensed his...
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...
September 23, 2009
GE Healthcare and Sprint teamed up to update San Antonio, TX-based Methodist Healthcare's six hospitals with a converged wireless network platform. The healthcare group's CIO noted that the new system may result in a bigger budget to hire more healthcare provider workers, and mentioned nurses as an example.
“We have to work to make hospitals more efficient,” Eddie Cuellar, CIO of Methodist...
September 3, 2009
"It's not just about phones anymore," declared a recent Sprint press release about accelerating healthcare devices and other M2M devices to market. Sprint isn't the only carrier to see beyond the phone in recent weeks: Verizon Wireless and AT&T have both made similar moves.
A few weeks after Verizon Wireless announced a machine-to-machine (M2M) joint venture with Qualcomm, AT&T opened a...
July 21, 2009
While The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced plans to suspend a number of its health IT projects, reports of one mobile phone-based EKG trial illustrated the kind of innovations the VA has been incubating. One of Sprint's and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's key healthcare partners, mVisum is working with the VA to test a system that aims to get critical medical information to...
February 4, 2009
WellDoc's Vice President of Healthcare Integration Malinda Peeples outlined the company's ongoing pilot of a mobile phone-based diabetes monitoring system, that is partially funded by LifeScan and Sprint. Peeples noted the opportunities for mHealth in endocrinology and diabetes in particular by pointing to the 21 million Americans currently living with diabetes, the 54 million "pre-diabetic"...