August 11, 2016
The demand for wearable medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems is increasing, and the global market is expected to reach $612 billion in the next eight years, according to a new report from San Francisco-based Grand View Research.
The report outlined a number of reasons for growth in the market, which was valued at over $123 billion in 2015 (dominated by North America, with 39...
January 16, 2015
As promised in its FDASIA report, the FDA has published a draft guidance document that aims to help those creating wellness devices and apps to better understand when their product (or their marketing claims) crosses over into regulated medical device territory. As always the agency is seeking comment from the industry and the public on their new draft guidance for the next 90 days.
September 16, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based MC10 announced former Broadcom executive, Scott Pomerantz has joined it as its new CEO and president, replacing David Icke, who is leaving the company. At semiconductor company, Broadcom, Pomerantz most recently served as the SVP and GM of wireless connectivity, Broadcom's biggest business. He joined Broadcom in 2007 after it acquired his GPS company, Global Locate...
May 21, 2014
In 2009 when Corventis first unveiled its technology, its main offering was an innovative fluid sensor, which was part of the array of sensors embedded in its peel-and-stick patch that was eventually named PiiX. One of the grave symptoms for heart failure patients is fluid collection in the heart -- a symptom that most remote monitoring companies track by simply keeping tabs on a patient's weight...
April 30, 2014
Three former Dexcom employees left the company last year to form a new venture, Glucovation, which is developing a direct-to-consumer, wearable device that continuously senses glucose for people trying to lose weight or improve their athletic performance. The Glucovation team is headed up by Dexcom's former senior technical director for R&D, Robert Boock, who was in charge of that company's...
May 17, 2013
The SMART belt (Photo by: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Epilepsy is one medical condition where the constant monitoring capability of a wearable sensor could save lives, providing an early warning when a person with epilepsy has a seizure or even predicting seizures before they happen. Surprisingly, though, it hasn't been an overly popular target for mobile health entrepreneurs. For developers...
May 13, 2013
An example of remote doctor visits: meVisit's app
Telehealth holds enormous potential for transforming healthcare, but, to telemedicine pioneer Dr. Jay Sanders, the primary barrier is not financial. Instead, physician and patient attitudes about healthcare and health itself must change, said Sanders, who often has been called the father of telemedicine.
"The critical issue is really not...
November 1, 2012
ZephyrLife's Android App
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will conduct a clinical trial of wearable health monitoring devices from Zephyr Technology to monitor pregnant women as they give birth, then quickly roll the system out to a hospital in Uganda in an effort to stem high infant mortality.
Mass General's Center for Global Health is testing Annapolis, Md.-based Zephyr's BioHarness...
September 13, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission has finalized its rule on medical body-area networks (MBANs), officially allocating a portion of the wireless spectrum to wearable sensors.
Bloomberg BNA's Health IT Law & Industry Report says that the action makes the U.S. the first country in the world to open up spectrum to networks of wireless medical sensors, though MBANs will be the secondary user...
August 7, 2012
The history of wearable computing goes back at least 50 years, back when the military began developing displays built-in to headgear worn by pilots. A decade later brought wearables developed to determine how fast roulette wheels were spinning and the 1979 saw the launch of Sony's WalkMan. Jody Ranck's latest report for GigaOm covers this past, the present and potential future for wearable...