wireless health

By Brian Dolan November 19, 2009
Back in February we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had just begun its conversation with the mobile health industry and that the ways in which it would regulate this emerging industry would come out of that conversation. It's now November and those working on wireless health are getting antsy. When will the FDA weigh-in? For the past few months, Bradley Merrill Thompson,...
By Brian Dolan November 18, 2009
Research analyst firm Gartner put together a top ten list of mobile services for 2012 and mobile health monitoring services made the list at number five: “Consumer mobile applications and services are no longer the prerogative of mobile carriers,” Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner stated in a company release. “The increasing consumer interest in smartphones, the participation of Internet...
By Brian Dolan November 17, 2009
Clearly wireless technologies' importance to the telemedicine industry is growing. Here's more evidence: The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association announced an agreement today to work together to evangelize ZigBee technology's use cases for the healthcare industry. ATA plans to promote ZigBee to a number of groups, including "traditional medicine, academic medical centers,...
By Brian Dolan November 17, 2009
Microsoft has launched awards for mobile health solutions in Africa: “We propose to demonstrate the potential of mobile phones to enable the delivery of healthcare-related services on the African continent. We invite Africa-based researchers to apply for grants of cash to conduct one-year studies. Successful proposals will use Microsoft technologies and may also employ the capability of a mobile...
By Brian Dolan November 12, 2009
TripleTree recently announced the availability of its latest research report: Wireless and Mobile Health Report, a follow-up to its classic Telemedicine 2.0 report from 2007, which we still reference because of its helpful categorization of the wireless health market. TripleTree's latest report is likely to be even more useful (and it's free -- register for a copy here.) While previous reports...
By Brian Dolan November 12, 2009
This past week was a big one for wireless health -- on all fronts. Here's how the week's news broke down: Clinicians: Mt. Sinai and Mayo Clinic each forged ahead with wireless remote monitoring tools and patient-facing mobile applications. A team at Mt. Sinai worked on a pilot program with with wireless health start-up CareSpeak that used text message reminders to increase the rate of adherence...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2009
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has an online database called ClinicalTrials.gov that includes a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials underway or completed. The database currently boasts more than 81,000 clinical trials from some 170 countries. As you might expect a couple dozen of those trials are testing wireless health solutions -- mostly mobile phone...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2009
Best Buy announced today that 40 of its stores in the U.S. have begun offering personal health solutions devices like pedometers, Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure monitors. "New technologies are emerging daily to help people plan, monitor, and enhance their health and fitness activities," Best Buy stated in its press release. "Yet finding the ways and the time to stay fit and...
By Brian Dolan November 10, 2009
The engineering publication EDN did some digging into lobbying efforts by the Continua Health Alliance and how the group's executive director and his team convinced lawmakers to include remote monitoring in the healthcare bill, which recently passed the House of Representatives and has moved to the Senate. We had heard from many larger tech companies in the wireless health industry that Continua'...
By Brian Dolan 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...