September 8, 2009
The Aging Workforce: How to Fight the Risks, is the title of a recent article over at CFO Magazine. It highlights some of the findings of a World Economic Forum report that urges the enterprise to take a proactive approach to its employees' health. CFO Magazine is clearly focused on the bottom line, so it's an interesting lens to look through when debating the proper role for enterprise in the...
September 5, 2009
At the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society event in Minneapolis this week, Qualcomm presented a new algorithm that it says lowers the power of body area networks (BANs). According to a report from EETimes, the presentation attracted the attention of implantable device maker Medtronic's representatives who were in attendance at the event.
"The sensing of vital signs is still an open...
September 2, 2009
"We took all the necessary precautions. Like, we really did. It wasn't like I was licking the handlebars of the bus or anything," she said. "I was hand sanitizing. I was being very careful. I don't know how this happened."
Such were the sentiments of one frustrated college freshman after she contracted H1N1 during her first few days of being a student at the University of Kansas. As of this past...
August 31, 2009
Ed Zander, the former CEO and chairman of Motorola, has joined healthcare-focused real-time location systems (RTLS) company Awarepoint as a member of its board of directors. Awarepoint's RTLS solution is ZigBee-based.
Zander was the CEO and chairman at Motorola for about four years before resigning in late 2007 to spend more time with his family. Upon resigning from Motorola, Zander remarked that...
August 28, 2009
The West Wireless Health Institute's Dr. Eric Topol and Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs were just featured on CNBC in a clip about Internet users increasingly accessing the Web from mobile devices. Of course, the conversation quickly changed gears to focus on wireless healthcare:
"I liken it to the fact that when you have your cell phone with you all the time you feel connected to your friends and...
August 28, 2009
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced a plan to examine the mobile phone industry in an effort to determine ways that the agency can spur innovation and competition in the industry. The FCC highlighted four key markets ripe for wireless innovation: health care, energy, education and public safety and is seeking comments on how it can best go about facilitating innovation...
August 25, 2009
"The single fastest growing medical device we have in this country is probably the iPhone," Jon Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association told Mobihealthnews. "I have discussions about the iPhone every single day."
Linkous also explained how the telemedicine industry has grown from "white labeled" (literally) corporate video conferencing solutions to the rapidly growing wireless...
August 24, 2009
If your smartphone has a compass built-in, a camera and GPS, then it may soon offer "augmented reality" applications, which overlay information onto the phone's screen while the camera is being pointed at a particular object or location. A Wikipedia article may pop up if the phone is pointed at the Washington Monument. A link to a person's Facebook page may appear when the phone's camera is...
August 19, 2009
Wireless devices that monitor patients' conditions and report the data to healthcare providers will show a 77 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that will create global revenues of $950 million by 2014, according to a recent report from ABI Research.
"Hospitals and other healthcare providers are being economically squeezed," ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt said in a statement. "...
August 17, 2009
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a great post over at Health Populi on a recent survey conducted by IBM that uncovers some stats about patients' relationships and attitudes toward primary care doctors, proactive healthcare and its associated costs.
IBM's survey found that the number one reason why Americans deter proactive health care is cost and that goes for the insured, uninsured, employed and...