wireless health

By Brian Dolan October 16, 2009
According to a report in the Washington Post, a bill recently passed by the Senate Finance and Health Committees, includes a provision that more than doubles the potential rewards and penalties that employers can use to incentivize or motivate employees to lose weight, lower cholesterol, stop smoking or lower their BMI. "A single employee whose annual premiums cost him and his employer the...
By Brian Dolan October 15, 2009
More than three-quarters (78 percent) of the U.S. population is "interested" in wireless health services, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, Insignia Health and CTIA that was shared at CTIA IT & E in San Diego last week. While the survey's top line results are encouraging, the story behind the headline is far more helpful for the industry. Of that 78 percent interested in...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
Last week at the CTIA Wireless IT & E event in San Diego, close to 30 wireless health companies exhibited their wares on the show floor. For those readers who were not in attendance and for those looking for a round-up of the companies on-site, we put together a slide show describing each of the companies exhibiting. The companies range in size from established tech companies to wireless...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
Last week Microsoft launched a beta version of My Health Info, an online health information management service that pulls data from HealthVault but also offers users widgets that help them upload and organize their HealthVault data. As you may expect, the widgets include connections with personal health devices like heart-rate monitors and pedometers. My Health Info is part of MSN. MSN positions...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
At the Body Computing Conference last week in Los Angeles, the Food and Drug Association's Brian Fitzgerald weighed in on a big question: Who owns your health data? According to a report in Fast Company, the typical answer most consumers would provide is "my body, my data." Fitzgerald, however, had an insightful and perhaps troubling reply. It made for a true regulatory monkey wrench: "These are...
By Brian Dolan October 13, 2009
The Brookings Institute just published a very worthwhile read: Customer-Driven Medicine: How To Create A New Health Care System, by Darrell West that aims to imagine a different healthcare system where the patient is in charge of their own health with help from EMRs, mobile phones, personalized care and more. In this fictitious world, people monitor their own weight, blood pressure, pulse, sugar...
By Brian Dolan October 13, 2009
During the West Wireless Health Institute open house event earlier last week, presenters noted that by 2020, the U.S. won't have enough physicians -- it will be about 200,000 physicians short, and there are far too few medical schools to make up the difference in the meantime: “Physicians need to be more productive with hours,” Gary West, chairman of the institute told attendees, according to a...
By Brian Dolan October 12, 2009
According to a recent report from Pike & Fischer, the market for telemedicine devices and services will climb to $3.6 billion in annual revenue over the next five years largely thanks for a push from wireless technologies, data compression and smartphones. Telemedicine will be dominated by wireless technologies during that time period: More than 70 percent of telemedicine will be wireless...
By Brian Dolan October 12, 2009
"With the FDA recently saying too many [medical] devices are getting approved too easily and some other things they are articulating, it's frustrating," Montage Systems CEO Eric Collins said during a panel session at the CTIA Wireless IT & E event last week. Montage is still awaiting FDA approval of its Wireless Healthphone, which is meant to send patient data wirelessly to doctors and other...
By Brian Dolan October 7, 2009
Grocery store chain Safeway gives employees discounts on their health insurance for having certain body mass indexes, quitting smoking, controlling hypertension or lowering their cholesterol, according to a report from National Public Radio this week. Safeway CEO Steve Burd told the radio network that his company's employees receive a discount on their health insurance if they have a body mass...