March 28, 2012
Vocera Communications, maker of wireless communications systems for healthcare, went public this week by listing its shares on the NYSE with the symbol "VCRA". Vocera's systems are installed in more than 800 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the globe. The offering included more than 5.8 million shares priced at $16.
Vocera first filed for its IPO last August when it noted that the...
August 10, 2011
Vocera Communications, maker of wireless communications systems for healthcare, has filed for an initial public offering worth as much as $80 million. The filing is dated Aug. 1, before completion of the federal debt-reduction agreement that has sent the stock market into a tailspin.
The company, which expects to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VCRA, has not indicated...
July 23, 2011
While the year is little more than halfway through, 2011 has already seen at least ten acquisitions for mobile health companies. Here's a roundup of memorable ones:
Soon-Shiong Buys Vitality-GlowCaps: In February pharma entrepreneur and billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong acquired Vitality, the company that developed GlowCaps. Vitality CEO David Rose stated in the company press release that while...
July 20, 2011
Onset Technology released OnPage this week, a subscription-based mobile app for iOS and BlackBerry that acts as a pager-like priority messaging service. Onset is no newcomer to the mobile messaging space: The company was founded in 1997.
OnPage aims to attract doctors who still use pagers as a priority messaging system by eliminating the need to carry two devices, while still providing a higher...
January 10, 2011
Vocera has acquired Toronto-based Wallace Wireless, a competitor that enables healthcare professionals to send pages, text messages, and alerts through their smartphones. Wallace says its system is "secure, reliable, and traceable" and works over both WiFi and cellular networks. Vocera did not disclose the acquisition sum.
Healthcare has proven to be a core vertical for Wallace Wireless, but its...
September 29, 2010
Amcom Software, makers of Amcom Mobile Connect -- a smartphone-based pager replacement offering for hospitals, announced seven healthcare organizations have begun using Mobile Connect since its launch. Emory University, Park Nicollet Health Services, St. John’s Hospital, Inova Health System, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, NorthBay Healthcare, and Mary Washington Healthcare have each...
April 27, 2010
GE Healthcare announced a deal to integrate its patient monitoring platform with Ascom Wireless Solutions' wireless VoIP phones, pagers and DECT handsets. The companies say the deal will enable hospitals to customize, filter and send secondary alarms to clinicians’ Ascom Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, pagers and Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) handsets.
GE and Ascom point to a...
February 28, 2010
While we expect to hear many announcements about iPhone apps from exhibitors at HIMSS, it seems BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has scooped a couple of early news stories ahead of the event: Last week we reported on Vocera's plans to demo a proof-of-concept BlackBerry app at the event this week. Now, Vocera's competitor Voalte has announced plans to demonstrate its proof of concept...
September 3, 2009
ECG necklace presented at IEEE event: IMEC, an independent research center for nanoelectronics and nanotechnology, along with its affiliate center, the Holst Centre, presented a protoype electrocardiogram (ECG) necklace at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine + Biology Conference (EMBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) this week. IMEC said the technology will enable long-term monitoring of cardiac...
May 29, 2009
No surprise here.
Popular medical blogger Dr. Kevin Pho, also known as KevinMD, has a noteworthy post on the growing popularity of smartphone use in hospitals and smartphones' "inevitable" displacement of pagers. A recent study by Manhattan Research found that 64 percent of doctors use smartphones like BlackBerrys or iPhones. Each of those platforms support mobile applications that provide pager...