telemedicine

By Jonah Comstock April 29, 2014
One of the biggest difficulties for mobile and digital health companies (or health systems) focused on telemedicine is that they're usually attempting to provide a national service, but the regulations they must follow are determined on the state level -- for the most part by state medical boards. Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards, an advisory group that issues guidance documents...
By Aditi Pai April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo. The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2014
Remote behavioral intervention startup AbilTo has raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Also contributing to the round was .406 Ventures, which led a $3 million round for the company last year. AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health comorbidities that can negatively affect recovery from...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Minneapolis-based telemedicine startup Zipnosis has been quietly setting up its online telemedicine service since 2010. The company's concept is simple: provide a low-cost, online avenue for people to get diagnoses and prescriptions for some of the most common and addressable ailments. Now, after five years of validation with Fairview Health in Minnesota (where Zipnosis is based) the company is...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2014
Lead Researcher Dr. Paul Porter dons Google Glass in a video from RI Hospital's website. Rhode Island Hospital has begun a feasability study using Google Glass to provide dermatology consultations to patients in the emergency room. For six months, emergency room patients who require a dermatology consult and consent to the study will be examined by ER physicians wearing a stripped-down version...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2014
A group of Taiwanese researchers has rigged up a smartphone-connected endoscope, which can enable the smartphone's camera to take internal pictures of patients' ears, noses and throats. In a six-patient telemedicine trial that took place in the mountains of Taiwan, the technology enabled remote diagnoses that matched the diagnosis of on-site otolaryngologists 100 percent of the time. The...
By Neil Versel December 19, 2013
"Virtual house calls" over consumer-grade webcams and mobile devices have great potential to improve the care of patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, new research has shown, but the lingering issues of reimbursement and physician licensure continue to hinder growth of remote consultations. In a study published this month as an open-access article in the journal...
By Aditi Pai December 12, 2013
MyTelcare Diabetes Pal The three options for reducing the need for expensive care so that patients see better outcomes at a lower costs are: to deny care to consumers, reduce payments to providers, or use technology in a way that inspires people, Telcare CEO Jonathan Javitt MD MPH said in a panel at the mHealth Summit event near Washington DC. Editor's note: This article has been updated with...
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2013
For the most part, the laws that govern the practice of medicine in the United States are state laws. One of the few things those laws agree on is that jurisdiction of those laws is based on the patient's location, not the doctor's. That's tough news for a mobile health company that wants to establish any sort of multi-state telemedicine practice, whether it's evaluating moles and blemishes via...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2013
Smartphone-connected ECG maker AliveCor has added a telemedicine service to its product. AliveCor AliveInsights will allow patients to send their recorded ECG readings to remote cardiac technicians or cardiologists for interpretation at any time, for a fee. AliveCor co-founder Dr. Dave Albert has long hinted that this service was in the works. "A human over-read with a very reasonable cost per...