West Wireless Health Institute

By Brian Dolan 04:34 am December 7, 2009
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a meeting this year to establish projections for the arrival of various technologies, including wireless health devices. Here's what the group predicted: In five years, a variety of wearable devices should interface wirelessly with assistive robots. In 10 years, smaller-scale and lighter-weight...
By Brian Dolan 07:04 am November 6, 2009
"We're in the adolescence of the mobile and wireless revolution," White House Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science and Technology Tom Kalil declared during a presentation at the Mobile Future luncheon in Washington D.C. this week. Kalil explained that wireless technology could help improve (and in some cases has already improved) the U.S. education system, the U.S. healthcare...
By Brian Dolan 06:30 am November 3, 2009
To sleep, perchance to dream: Nearly one-third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night, according to a recent CDC survey. Upwards to 70 million Americans might be classified as having chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the study. While many of these restless sleeper will not turn to the healthcare system for help, there seems to be a growing interest in sleep...
By Brian Dolan 05:08 am October 29, 2009
"Medicine is going to be vastly different," Chief Medical Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, Dr. Eric Topol told attendees at the TEDMED event in San Diego this week. "As a cardiologist for the past 25 years, I can tell you that the stethoscope is dead." The stethoscope, which was created in 1816 won't be used by doctors in 2016, Topol said. "What has changed our society is wireless...
By Brian Dolan 06:30 am October 26, 2009
The West Wireless Health Institute has tapped engineer Mehran Mehregany as the institute's executive vice president of engineering and chief of engineering research, which makes Mehregany responsible for planning and implementing engineering research and academic initiatives. He officially takes the post November 2. Mehregany previously served as a faculty member at Case Western Reserve...
By Brian Dolan 06:55 am October 13, 2009
During the West Wireless Health Institute open house event earlier last week, presenters noted that by 2020, the U.S. won't have enough physicians -- it will be about 200,000 physicians short, and there are far too few medical schools to make up the difference in the meantime: “Physicians need to be more productive with hours,” Gary West, chairman of the institute told attendees, according to a...
By Brian Dolan 12:18 pm September 30, 2009
"Wireless carriers are really behind wireless health," Rob Mesirow, Vice President, CTIA, the international association for the wireless industry told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. Wireless healthcare has quickly become a true product category for the wireless industry during the past six months, Mesirow explained. "You don't typically see a product category emerge and get that kind of...
By Brian Dolan 02:34 am September 21, 2009
Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, penned a column about wireless healthcare over at VentureBeat this past weekend: "This morphing of medicine centers on an unprecedented surge of technological and medical innovation. We have the tools to take full...
By Brian Dolan 05:31 am September 14, 2009
Wireless remote monitoring and diagnostics solutions provider Corventis announced today that it has finished enrolling patients into its MUSIC (Multi-Sensor Monitoring in Congestive Heart Failure) program, which includes two trials: the MUSIC Asia (180 patients) and the pivotal MUSIC study (362 patients). The trials aim to develop and evaluate an algorithm to predict heart failure events....
By Brian Dolan 10:23 am August 28, 2009
The West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol and Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs were just featured on CNBC in a clip about Internet users increasingly accessing the Web from mobile devices. Of course, the conversation quickly changed gears to focus on wireless healthcare: "I liken it to the fact that when you have your cell phone with you all the time you feel connected to your friends and...