February 28, 2010
Amir Jafri, COO, West Wireless Health Institute
The West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) announced that former Cardinal Health executive Amir Jafri has joined the Institute as its chief operating officer (COO) and former UN Foundation executive Mitul Shah has joined the WWHI as its senior director of programs and partnerships for engineering. Jafri begins immediately, while Shah will take his...
February 24, 2010
We attended the TEDMED event this past October in San Diego, because it included a number of speakers discussing wireless health innovations: West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol, NeuroVigil's Dr. Phillip Low, Proteus Biomedical's Andrew Thompson as well as speakers from Intel, Qualcomm and more.
TEDMED's organizers recently posted a video documenting Dr. Topol's presentation at the...
February 18, 2010
Will patients ever use handheld ultrasound devices at home? Some sonographers believe that's idiotic, moronic, dangerous, highly irresponsible, "right up there with in-utero glamor shots," and "the worst idea I have heard of."
The consumerization of medical devices, however, is a common vision for the wireless health industry. For example, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group recently predicted...
February 15, 2010
After a few months of anticipation, GE Healthcare has announced the commercial availability of its handheld ultrasound device, Vscan, which has secured clearance from the FDA, the CE Mark from the European Union, and a Medical Device License from Health Canada. The company said it is now available in the U.S., Europe, India and Canada.
To be clear: GE's Vscan is not a wirelessly connected device...
February 8, 2010
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute's Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google's Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel...
January 19, 2010
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis' Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. -- Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system -- last April. According to the company...
January 11, 2010
During Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacob's keynote at CES Friday, co-presenter Dr. Eric Topol, CMO of the West Wireless Health Institute, introduced a Swedish startup's mobile health maternity service, Mobile Baby.
Because of portable ultrasound devices like GE's Vscan, "people are going to be doing their own ECHOs and sending them to their doctors in the not too distant future, but that's going to require...
January 11, 2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs invited onstage Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), to discuss the wireless health trend. (Qualcomm is a key supporter of the WWHI.)
Topol's talk included mentions of a half dozen different wireless health devices including...
December 17, 2009
FDA may regulate smartphone apps. LifeComm closes. Best Buy stocks connected health devices. Apple invites LifeScan on-stage. The West Wireless Health Institute is founded. CardioNet's reimbursement rate cut. Consumers want wireless health. Three-quarters of Americans are interested.
2009 was a big year for wireless health and in many ways it was this industry's break out year. Activity in the...
December 10, 2009
UPDATE: Corventis and Speck have retracted the press release this story pulled from because of some inaccurate statements Speck's representatives made about the Corventis device. Here's Corventis' statement:
"Corventis and Speck worked together on industrial design concepts related to research prototypes for our wireless cardiovascular solution pipeline. Although our engagement has since...