wireless health

By Brian Dolan November 5, 2009
Jitterbug's acquisition of mobile personal emergency response system (M-PERS) start-up MobiWatch this week was demonstrative of a business model and device strategy that doesn't seem to work in today's wireless health market. MobiWatch's planned offering, MobiFob, was a key-chain with a button that connected via Bluetooth to the user's cell phone. When the MobiFob's button was pressed the user's...
By Brian Dolan November 1, 2009
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council declared at the Foundation for the NIH's mHealth Summit (mHS09) in Washington D.C. last week. Sturchio noted that the quote is a famous statement made by British physicist and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Sturchio explained that after attending...
By Brian Dolan October 29, 2009
A year ago most discussions about wireless health centered on VoIP handsets for healthcare workers, distributed antenna systems or real-time tracking systems for hospital equipment -- it was an IT industry focused on infrastructure and the health industry as enterprise. A lot has changed in the past year. Today marks a true watershed -- Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human...
By Brian Dolan October 29, 2009
(Pictured on Left) Ezekiel Emanuel, Special Advisor for Health Policy, OMB, Executive Office of President Obama. The organizers of TEDMED managed to get Emanuel to close out the second day of the event with a sit-down discussion, however, he was under strict orders not to discuss health reform. Emanuel, instead, discussed health systems generally, vaguely described his relationship with his...
By Brian Dolan 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 October 28, 2009
The number one reason that Alzheimer's patients are institutionalized is sleep disorders, Dr. Phillip Low, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of NeuroVigil explained during his presenation at the TEDMED conference in San Diego this week. It's not dementia. Low said that 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder but only 4 million have had sleep tests. Low explained that those who do go to a...
By Brian Dolan October 28, 2009
The global market for telecommunications is about $4 trillion to $4.5 trillion, Proteus Biomedical CEO Andrew Thompson noted during his presentation at TEDMED this week in San Diego. While there is this ongoing debate about healthcare reform, I noticed that there isn't a reform discussion taking place about technology markets, Thompson said. That's interesting, but it's important to know the...
By Brian Dolan October 28, 2009
On its corporate website, Apple has profiled another hospital, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, which has outfitted some of its 19,500 employees across 11 hospitals with iPhones. Apple said that the hospital's trauma ward is the busiest one in the country and that the facilities serve a metro population of about 5 million people. “Health care is a very real-time business,”...
By Brian Dolan October 28, 2009
At the TEDMED event in San Diego this week, Penn Schoen Berland distributed a booklet, National Healthcare Survey for TEDMED: Key Findings, on-site at the event. The company conducted 1,005 online interviews with the U.S. general adult public in mid-September. While none of the metrics are specific to wireless health, many point to the peripheral discussions that are important to EHRs,...
By Brian Dolan October 28, 2009
Living a quantified life -- tracking vital signs, recording exercise routines, monitoring caloric intake and counting steps -- is a large and growing trend important to wireless health and fitness. Figuring out where that data goes, who analyzes it and whether it should become part of a health record, whether consumer-facing, clinician-facing or both, is an ongoing struggle. Are we in danger of...