February 17, 2010
Wireless health services aim to improve care, but they also seek to reduce overall healthcare spending, which a recent study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports is increasing. The study shows that healthcare spending increased by 5.7 percent in 2009 and projects that this decade may bring about an average annual growth rate of 6.1 percent in healthcare spending. By...
January 14, 2010
By Bradley Merrill Thompson, MBA, JD
(I would like to thank Dr. Deepak Ayyagari of Sharp Laboratories of America and Dane Stout of the Anson Group for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to the commenter’s.)
At the risk of insulting my new friends in Silicon Valley, I submit that traditionally-unregulated IT companies...
January 14, 2010
For many years I avoided the Consumer Electronics Show. Too big, I was told. Too much noise -- not enough news. With my focus on the wireless industry at the time, this advice was mostly true -- for many years CES was not an event where companies made wireless-related news. Then -- seemingly suddenly -- CES became one of the most popular places to launch mobile phones, announce new mobile...
January 5, 2010
The wireless association CTIA put together a series of video interviews and presentations focused on wireless health for their Wonder of Wireless (WoW) series. The wireless health focused segment includes an interview with MedApps, an interview with CTIA President Steve Largent about wireless trends for 2010, a presentation on carriers' needs for additional spectrum because of wireless health,...
December 29, 2009
According to MobiHealthNews' year-end report, there were 15 venture capital investments announced during 2009 and 11 of them were for wireless remote patient monitoring start-ups. The remainder included a start-up working on a converged platform for physicians-patient communications, a smartphone app developer focused on fitness games, a call-in physician consultation service, and a tablet-based...
December 21, 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers has published a report over the weekend that examines ways by which the healthcare industry might "squeeze" more cost savings our of the system. As you might imagine connected health solutions are a consistent theme throughout much of the report. Here's how it breaks down:
Telecommunications service providers: PwC notes that big telecom companies including Verizon, AT&T...
December 17, 2009
MobiHealthNews had the opportunity to interview George MacGinnis with the Assistive Technology Programme at the NHS Connecting for Health in the UK at the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London earlier this month. MacGinnis explained the differences between telecare and telehealth, how the UK enjoys a lead on the US and other countries when it comes to some telemedicine penetration rates,...
December 10, 2009
"The current U.S. market for wireless, home-based health care applications is $304 million," CTIA, the Wireless Association, wrote in an official comment to the FCC, which is mulling over the health care delivery elements of a national broadband plan. "That market is expected to grow to $4 billion in 2013, with estimated annual growth rates of 96 percent in 2010, 126 percent in 2011, 95 percent...
December 9, 2009
Today's nurses are indeed mobile, as one hospital system recently learned the hard way:
SSM Health Care, a St. Louis-based hospital system has agreed to pay $1.7 million in back pay to nurses who had time deducted from their pay during meals despite whether or not they worked via their mobile phones, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The U.S. Department of Labor found that the...
December 7, 2009
"These days, everybody is talking about medical care: Who gets it? Who pays for it? Who decides?" Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T, told the Star Ledger in a recent interview. Miller is a veteran of the wireless carrier's research labs. "But few people are working on a technology solution that would lower costs and make medical care better at the same time."...