May 25, 2010
Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York is working with Proteus Biomedical to pilot the "intelligent medicine" company's edible sensor for certain mental illnesses, according to a report from Scientific American.
"We're interested in determining patients' sleep patterns," John Kane, head of schizophrenia research at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. Kane. "For certain mental...
May 18, 2010
Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo just announced a new health and wellness service, called i-Bodymo, that is set to launch on its network next week. Docomo describes i-Bodymo as a mobile health support service that includes a full suite of wellness applications.
i-Bodymo enables users to monitor their daily physical activity and food intake, which is used to provide health tips and advice to...
May 17, 2010
Wireless-enabled blood glucose meter developer Telcare has raised $2.5 million of a targeted $4 million equity offering, according to a regulatory filing. Telcare plans to offer its blood glucose meter offering (pending FDA clearance) to its customers at the same pricepoint of "disconnected" devices that are already on the market.
According to the company: "[The] Telcare blood glucose meter...
May 13, 2010
Tuesday, around 3 in the morning, San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer used his iPhone to self-diagnose (correctly!) his appendicitis. While Stauffer was upstate in San Francisco for an away game, the MobiHealthNews team was down in San Diego for the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event.
On the first day, the WLSA Investors' Summit, TripleTree and the alliance awarded three companies I Awards:...
May 12, 2010
The Gary and Mary West Foundation granted the West Wireless Health Institute an additional $20 million to support biomedical engineering research. The foundation created the West Wireless Health Institute in March of last year after an initial grant of $45 million. West Wireless Health Institute CEO Don Casey is set to discuss the new funding in his keynote speech this morning at the Wireless...
May 10, 2010
Was the first quarter of 2010 an important one for mobile health?
When the number of deals tracked for a given industry during one quarter comes close to the total number for the previous year, it’s clear that industry is ramping up. Mobile health is that industry. In our 2009 year-end report, MobiHealthNews chronicled just over 70 deals and partnerships that took place between industry partners...
April 8, 2010
A new feature story in the Economist takes the pulse of wireless healthcare with an article titled: "Wireless health care: When your carpet calls your doctor." The reference is to the sensors-laced "magic carpet" that Intel has invested in for fall prevention among the elderly population. The article launches into the subject with an interesting lead:
"Pundits have long predicted that advances in...
April 7, 2010
Will the health reform law affect the emerging wireless health industry? Yes, of course. There are at least 21 specific provisions that will have an effect on the connected health and personal health industry. With help from the policy wonks over at the Continua Health Alliance, we have assembled the following 21 provisions that are relevant to connected health.
(We broke them into separate...
April 7, 2010
Last summer we reported on GE Healthcare's proposal to the FCC that the agency dedicate about 40 MHz of spectrum for medical body area networks (MBANs). The FCC recently put out a call for comments on the proposal and received an interesting one from Philips, according to a report from ZDNet.
Philips suggests that the FCC consider allocating spectrum to enable MBANs to use the spectrum inside a...
April 5, 2010
The West Wireless Health Institute has added another former Johnson & Johnson executive to its ranks: Dr. Joseph Smith has joined the WWHI as its new Chief Medical Officer. Smith was the vice president of emerging technologies for Johnson and Johnson in the Corporate Office of Science and Technology. Dr. Eric Topol, the Institute's first Chief Medical Officer will now serve as Institute's...