July 15, 2009
It's been more than four years since Qualcomm first announced its plans to help launch a healthcare-focused mobile phone service, called LifeComm. Qualcomm and its (still) undisclosed partners recently decided that it was time to pull the plug on LifeComm after failing to raise additional third party funding, mobihealthnews has learned from an anonymous source.
A circa 2007 mock-up of a LifeComm...
July 8, 2009
A recent Frost & Sullivan report that extols the value of mobile technology for healthcare settings missed the mark when it pointed to network level security as the key to wireless health tools' success.
"While mobile technology undoubtedly adds value to healthcare, the question is whether advances in technology pose a security threat, as information transmitted across a network should be...
July 6, 2009
By Mintz Levin's Russel Fox, Howard Symons, Susan Berson and Heather Westphal
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to allocate radiofrequency spectrum and establish service and technical rules for the operation of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) systems. The FCC envisions that MBANs would provide a platform for the wireless networking of multiple body sensors used for...
July 1, 2009
Wireless sensor-powered remote monitoring company WellAWARE recently inked deals with two large faith-based nursing charities just weeks after the company launched, according to a report over at ZDNet Healthcare. The deals come after five years of development and pilots. A total of 60 facilities currently have WellAWARE installed.
When a resident's movement and activities differ from the norm,...
July 1, 2009
Apple's senior director of worldwide product development for the iPhone recently left the company to join venture capital firm Opus Capital as a general partner. Bob Borchers, 43, previously worked at Nokia and Nike before joining Apple in 2004.
Borchers told VentureWire he won't be leaving the wireless industry: his focus at Opus will include wireless and medicine as well as mobile marketing...
June 30, 2009
Keeping clinicians connected in-house: NetMotion Wireless provides software that maintains security and provides more seamless roaming when mobile users are moving between networks. It also keeps mobile applications up and running should a network disruption occur -- like when entering an elevator, maybe? Today NetMotion Wireless today announced that Wichita Clinic, the largest outpatient multi-...
June 29, 2009
By Dr. Stephen Schimpff, author of The Future of Medicine - Mega Trends in Healthcare
E-medicine will have a wide, growing and very important place in the delivery of health care in the years to come. By e-medicine I refer to simple approaches like email all the way to the very complex telesurgery done remotely across continents with a robot.
There are many hurdles, not the least of which are...
June 29, 2009
Last week at the Healthcare Unbound conference in Seattle, Washington about 200 health industry thought leaders convened to discuss electronic medical records and wireless health services.
Scroll through this slideshow of images taken from the show in Seattle for some of the memorable quotes and points made during the course of the event last Monday and Tuesday.
June 15, 2009
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, about the push for electronic health records in every doctor's office and whether the current agenda pushes older technologies that will stifle innovation. Blumenthal said that his team wants to ensure it does not slow any innovation from entering the doctor's office.
June 10, 2009
At the Consumer Genetics Show in Boston, MA, today Illumina President and CEO Jay Flatley reveals an iPhone with a conceptualized application called MyGenome. Flatley said a developer at Illumina put the application together in just 10 days.
MyGenome would include access to the user's entire genomic profile and relevant analysis of their variant genome. One section would be "pharmacogenomics...