March 28, 2012
Vocera Communications, maker of wireless communications systems for healthcare, went public this week by listing its shares on the NYSE with the symbol "VCRA". Vocera's systems are installed in more than 800 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the globe. The offering included more than 5.8 million shares priced at $16.
Vocera first filed for its IPO last August when it noted that the...
August 12, 2010
ABI Research recently noted that the healthcare industry's adoption of WiFi has grown 60 percent in the past year: Well, Sunnyvale, California-based Ruckus Wireless can testify to that. Ruckus announced 15 new medical facilities had recently deployed its Smart WiFi technology.
Ruckus says its customers are using Smart WiFi to transmit electronic medical records, handle IP-based video applications...
March 4, 2010
In Atlanta this week wireless really was everywhere. The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2010 offered free WiFi service to all its attendees and it worked (almost) everywhere. Nearly every major electronic health records (EHR) vendor had a smartphone strategy announcement or at least one in their back pocket. Thanks to the smartphone buzz, applications that were once...
March 3, 2010
"HIMSS has been working for decades to get the healthcare industry out of the 1970s and into the 21st century," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse pointed out during his keynote at the HIMSS event in Atlanta this week. "That's why I'm here," Hesse said, "to help facilitate that change."
We have a historic opportunity in healthcare right now to use wireless technologies to boost efficiencies, reduce costs all...
February 19, 2010
Dr. Ted Eytan, the Medical Director for Delivery Systems Operations Improvement for the Permanente Federation, has penned an important post that offers up six distinctions between mobile health and eHealth -- Eytan emphasized that these are not reasons that mHealth is better than eHealth, just differences worth noting. Here's a quick redux (to understand the nuances, and there are many, be sure...
January 19, 2010
Juniper Research analyst Anthony Cox writes that a forthcoming report from the research firm predicts that the number of machine-to-machine and embedded devices worldwide will increase to nearly 412 million by 2014. Cox writes that number "represents the tip of the iceberg of its future potential." The analyst's blog post wonders if M2M will drive the next 5 billion wireless connections. While...
December 16, 2009
According to industry consulting firm Wireless Healthcare's principal analyst Peter Kruger, there are more than 30 million people in the US that are caregivers for a family member, typically an older family member. Wireless Healthcare believes that providing this "hidden army" of healthcare workers with the right tools could help reduce the costs of healthcare expenditures.
Wireless Healthcare is...
December 1, 2009
The increasing number of aging Baby Boomers, also known as the "Silver Tsunami" could produce a "short, sharp shock" for the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS), according to Wireless Healthcare's Principal Analyst Peter Kruger, who shared his perspective at Informa's Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London this week.
"In the face of such a perfect storm, it makes one wonder why...
October 9, 2009
Wireless industry association CTIA teamed up with Harris Interactive to conduct a nationwide survey that found 78 percent of the U.S. is interested in mobile health solutions and 15 percent of the U.S. is extremely or very interested in learning more about mHealth. About 19 percent of the people surveyed said that they would upgrade their current mobile phone plan to gain access to mHealth...
October 7, 2009
Voalte announced this week a collaboration agreement with Sarasota Memorial Hospital that sees the care facility's nurses using Voalte's iPhone-based voice, alarm and text offering. Trey Lauderdale, Vice President of Innovation at Voaltė explained to MobiHealthNews in a recent interview that the service allows Sarasota Memorial's nurses to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and...