March 20, 2013
If medical devices were better integrated with IT systems and made to follow standards for interoperability with each other and with electronic health records, the U.S. healthcare industry could eliminate a net $30 billion in unnecessary expenses a year, according to a new study. But a lot of things have to happen for savings to be that substantial.
"To realize the benefits, providers, payers,...
July 30, 2009
Wireless healthcare is, ultimately, a consumer play. That was one key message built-in to both West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol's presentation and CardioNet's Director of Business Development Aaron Goldmuntz's presentation this week at the Qualcomm Smart Services Leadership Summit.
There are currently 1.2 million people who use mobile fitness products to track their vital signs...
July 29, 2009
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the medical costs of treating obesity-related diseases topped $147 billion in 2008, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.
During the past decade that cost of treating obesity effectively doubled: The medical costs associated with obesity were pegged at $74 billion in 1998. The number of obese people in the U.S. rose ...