December 8, 2011
"Most [acquisitions] in healthcare get done between $100 million and $200 million," Radius Ventures Partner Dan Lubin told attendees at the mHealth Summit during a panel session this past week. "Most deals are under $100 million -- that is the exit... I think we can build companies, make them really attractive, and sell them to strategics for $100 million. I think that's a four to [six year] time...
December 5, 2011
The future of mHealth is bright, according to West Wireless Health Institute vice chairman Eric Topol, who spoke this week at the opening keynote of the 2011 mHealth Summit. "This is a most momentous moment in medicine," he told the gathered audience. Topol's keynote discussion included current wireless medical products as well as future speculation that will leverage genomics with biosensor data...
December 2, 2011
CareFusion released its Nicolet EEG (electroencephalography) Wireless Amplifier this week, a device that captures high-resolution brain wave data and transmits it wirelessly to a monitoring computer. The device received FDA 510(K) clearance this past April.
The Nicolet (pronounced "nick-oh-lay") EEG Wireless Amplifier is a portable unit, intended for hospitals, clinics, emergency vehicles and in-...
October 20, 2011
Telehealth is on a roll this month.
Last Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that makes it much easier for patients to access telehealth services and for practitioners to deliver care remotely. The Telehealth Advancement Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, broadens the state's definition of telehealth providers to include all licensed healthcare professionals and removes the...
October 19, 2011
Gary and Mary West, the co-founders of the West Wireless Health Institute, launched a $100 million investment fund, called the West Health Investment Fund, that will provide capital to cutting edge health care technologies and services that aim to substantially reduce the cost of care. A regulatory filing published last year disclosed that the Wests had already invested in Sotera Wireless, a...
August 18, 2011
As MobiHealthNews reported last week, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing wants to become the "epicenter of wireless health."
That's a lofty goal, considering the other, similar organizations right there in Southern California, including the UCLA Wireless Health Institute right there in Los Angeles, and, down toward San Diego, the West Wireless Health Institute, the...
July 18, 2011
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that pocket mobile echocardiography (PME) devices like GE's Vscan provide “accurate assessments” of ejection fraction, and some cardiac structures in many patients, according to a report in CMIO.
The study, funded by The National Institutes of Health, came about due to the recent release of Vscan, a cellphone-sized PME device from...
July 18, 2011
The American Telemedicine Assocation (ATA) sent a public letter to the FCC last week, criticizing the agency for inaction on a rural healthcare program. The letter was signed by ATA CEO Jonathan D. Linkous and addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
In the sixteen months since the commission adopted the National Broadband plan, according to Linkous, there has been a "great silence" on the...
May 5, 2011
"We need to balance our desire for safety with rational risk tolerance and transparency," the West Wireless Health Institute's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Smith said during his presentation at the Institute's Health Care Innovation day in Washington, DC last week. "And I think -- I've not shared this with them -- but I think we need to get the FDA out of the business of assuring absolute...
March 30, 2011
A special report on “Innovations in Health Care” that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday included a feature on mobile devices.
Most of what the Journal reported shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who reads MobiHealthNews: Dr. Eric Topol, chief academic officer at Scripps Health in San Diego, thinks the pocket ultrasound is ending the 200-year reign of the stethoscope. Telemedicine...