September 24, 2009
"It’s stupid of insurance companies to insist on an inferior device costing 10 times as much," Roger Ebert wrote in a letter to the Editor of the New York Times last week. Ebert, the famous film critic, was responding to a feature the Times had recently published about Medicare only covering dedicated text-to-speech devices, even though those devices are typically far more expensive than multi-...
September 16, 2009
It was a hard fight to get insurance companies to cover dedicated text-to-speech devices for speech-impaired patients, but it finally happened in 2001, according to a report in The New York Times. Now the fight is on to get insurers to pay for cheaper devices and software that they claim work just as well or better.
The Times report highlights one patient's struggle: Kara Lynn, an ALS, or Lou...
September 2, 2009
Inc. Magazine recognized at least one wireless health-focused company as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by revenue. eCardio Diagnostics was ranked the 117th fastest growing company in the U.S. with $21.4 million in revenue for 2008 and three year sales growth of 1,424 percent. eCardio was the 11th fastest growing health-focused company in the country, according to the magazine....
August 24, 2009
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Last month I outlined the triggers that could cause an ordinary mobile phone to become an FDA-regulated medical mobile phone. This month, in the second of six planned articles, I will outline the FDA requirements that would apply to a mobile phone that crosses that line.
To summarize the July 13 article on "FDA may regulate...
August 22, 2009
It's a common and very relevant pushback for wireless health: Not everyone has a smartphone. While there are plenty of solutions that do not require a smartphone, clearly health management tools are far richer when a smartphone platform is in play. RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates that by the end of 2011 -- just two years from now -- worldwide smartphone sales will pass worldwide PC sales. The...
August 20, 2009
In the fall of 2004, news broke that Best Buy planned to launch a new chain of retail stores, called Eq-Life, that targeted middle-age women shoppers. Eq-Life would help them access technology and resources to manage their family's health. At the time, a Best Buy spokeswoman said that Eq-Life was serving an "uncharted industry."
After about 18 months of lackluster sales at the original...
August 19, 2009
One of the drivers often cited as an impetus for wireless healthcare is the shortage of primary care doctors. While there is no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a primary care doctor, some mobile health tools can act as "health coaches" that can help keep patients following their care regimens, which could result in fewer visits to their doctor's office. USA Today recently had a...
August 12, 2009
According to a recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Polar, 51 percent of teachers said technology increases student motivation during physical education classes. The survey also found that 59 percent of teachers said that technology helps teachers better communicate with the school and district administrators about...
August 5, 2009
UCLA announced today that MediSens Wireless, a wireless healthcare start-up, has obtained an exclusive license from UCLA on patented technology developed by UCLA professor Majid Sarrafzadeh and his team. (Sarrafzadeh is also a founder of MediSense.) MediSens plans to use the real-time wireless monitoring technology to develop body monitoring systems that help diabetic patients with peripheral...
August 4, 2009
Diabetes management tools just got a step closer to medical device interoperability.
A few hours after news broke that A&D Medical's Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuff and Bluetooth-enabled weight scale had received Continua Health Alliance's stamp of interoperability, the organization announced that Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek Smart Pix Device Reader, which currently interfaces with...