August 4, 2009
"People are now texting more than they are speaking on their mobile phones and this has to tell us something in the healthcare industry." said Frank Avignone, Senior Director, AllOne Mobile at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Avignone noted that wireless only households (homes with no landline phones) now make up more than 18 percent of U.S. households. (...
August 3, 2009
The Principal at Changeist, Scott Smith, recently discussed wireless health trends with mobihealthnews in an interview that covered everything from long term drivers of wireless health to wireless carrier liability. Smith has consulted with large consumer technology companies for the past 15 years, and most recently began identifying emerging tech markets for investment. Wireless health has...
July 31, 2009
Software Advice put together a helpful feature called, Which Smartphone Will Own the Healthcare Market? Software Advice's Chris Thorman told mobihealthnews that the site sent its survey out to 700 people and received responses from 70 people via the online survey. Here are just some of the graphs that the group put together:
Smartphone Penetration vs. User Group
Which Apps Are You Currently Using...
July 30, 2009
As we have noted before, because of the iTunes AppStore's popularity, trying to pin down the Top Ten Free Apps in a given category is like trying to shoot a moving target. That said, the headline of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, because by tomorrow or even by tonight this list will probably be dated, too. For the sake of taking a pulse check on the medical app offerings for the iPhone and...
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 ...
July 29, 2009
"It is really not all about the technology," explained Dr. Daniel Sands, senior medical informatics director for Cisco Systems, during his keynote at the World Health Care Congress's Wireless Health event this week. "My talk is entitled 'It's not about the technology, confessions of a healthcare technologist.'"
"So it's a first," Sands said. "Everything we do is a first. So, we are excited by the...
July 27, 2009
The Wireless Health or WiHealth event kicked off in Boston yesterday with a keynote presented by Janet Marchibroda, IBM's newly appointed Chief Healthcare Officer, and former founding CEO of the eHealth Initiative (eHI). Minutes into her keynote Marchibroda made a bold and seemingly odd statement for a keynoter at an event that is focused is wireless health:
"I'm not going to spend time on...
July 24, 2009
As we have noted in the past, for those seeking to bring clinically-focused wireless health services to market, there are a number of trail blazers in the industry that can provide some clues for go-to-market strategies. We have discussed the FDA and FCC regulatory frameworks facing wireless health as well as the importance of securing reimbursement from (CMS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
July 21, 2009
Last month, Dr. Dan Fletcher, who is an adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology shared the Obama administration's views on the emerging wireless health opportunity. Fletcher's remarks included challenges for the industry as well as ways it can best engage the federal government. Fletcher's presentation was part of a summit in Washington D.C. organized by CTIA, the wireless...