wireless healthcare

By Brian Dolan 06:43 am September 22, 2009
The Hispanic Institute and Mobile Future recently published a study of Hispanic Americans' adoption of mobile technology, and the Huffington Post's Jonathan Spalter concludes that the healthcare industry needs to reach out to the Hispanic population via the mobile platform based on the group's staggering adoption rates of mobile technologies. To wit: More than 50 percent of the U.S. Hispanic...
By Brian Dolan 10:37 am September 21, 2009
As part of awareness initiatives for World Alzheimer's Day today, Alzheimer's Disease International released a report that estimates that "over the next 20 years, the numbers of people with dementia are anticipated to increase by 40 percent in Europe, 63 percent in North America, 77 percent in the southern Latin America ... and 89 percent in the developed Asia Pacific countries." By next year...
By Brian Dolan 06:32 am September 21, 2009
"The time for connected health really is now," The Center for Connected Health's Founder and Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar told attendees during a presentation at MassMEDIC last week. Make the case for technology Kvedar said that connected health technology companies have to make the case to providers that their solutions work better and save more money than a medical home solution that uses little...
By Brian Dolan 05:39 am September 18, 2009
Seventy-five percent of healthcare providers, patients, payers and technology enablers surveyed by Cambridge Consultants said that connected health preventative practice could cut healthcare expenses by 40 percent. Cambridge Consultants conducted the survey in conjunction with the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). The two groups define a "Connected Health" approach like...
By Brian Dolan 12:54 pm September 17, 2009
Apple recently updated its iTunes App Store to include a list of the top 200 highest grossing applications in the entire store. While the App Store does not include a list for the biggest revenue generating apps by category, eight medical, health or fitness iPhone applications are among the top 200 highest grossing apps overall. The only way to rank apps in the past was by popularity, which seems...
By Brian Dolan 01:37 am September 17, 2009
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s Fraser Edward made a poignant comment this week to a Canadian newspaper: “Right now information is a bit fragmented and not quite synchronized, but in time it will all be seamless. Then smartphones will truly break the barriers between hospitals and home care. The next couple of years will be about gluing it all together.” If smartphones or wireless sensors...
By Brian Dolan 06:33 am September 15, 2009
Canada's Globe and Mail has a feature on BlackBerry devices and applications driving innovation in healthcare both for healthcare workers and consumers alike. The feature includes a number of wireless health related predictions from Kevin Talbot, the co-managing partner for BlackBerry Partners Fund, a VC fund based in Toronto. “Smart sensors and smart bandages will monitor patient health and...
By Brian Dolan 02:45 am September 10, 2009
"You can enable ubiquitous [wireless health] sensing, but without a services and disease management workflow system in place, who is this data going to?" Duke University Adjunct Associate Professor Gopal Chopra explained to Mobihealthnews in a recent interview. "Who will interpret it? If there are algorithms involved with telling users what to do, well, who is overseeing that? There's risk in...
By Brian Dolan 01:07 am September 10, 2009
The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) just published a must-read report called Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, by health economist and management consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. "Many of the entrants into this market are from outside traditional health organizations," Sarasohn-Kahn writes in her conclusion. "Health Providers, institutions...
By Brian Dolan 08:48 am September 9, 2009
The largest mobile operator by subscribers, NTT DoCoMo, might bring its brand to the U.S. and offer DoCoMo wireless service over T-Mobile USA's or AT&T's network, according to reports in Japan Today and Japan Times. The reports claim that the carrier is interested in launching its advanced mobile Internet services for the U.S. market. The news broke just a few days after NTT DoCoMo announced...