August 13, 2009
As summer draws to a close the once budding wireless health industry now has a substantial crop of statistics to pick through thanks to a number of recent surveys and research reports just published by various firms. Here's a look at wireless health by the numbers:
Wearable wireless sensors are set to grow to more than 400 million devices by 2014, according to ABI Research.
A recent survey from...
August 7, 2009
"If we have learned one thing, it's that we need to leverage existing devices," Aetna's head of eHealth Product Management, Dan Greden said during his presentation at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Aetna has more than 19 million customers for its medical insurance plans.
"A very good example is the iPhone as exercise tracker," Greden explained. "Someone...
August 4, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's innovation centers: The Sacramento Bee has a feature on Kaiser Permanente's various innovation centers, which test a number of wireless health technologies. The San Leandro center, for example, is outfitted with patient rooms, mock-ups of workstations, operating rooms, and a "living room" that includes demonstrations of home health products.
"By 2015, the home will become the...
July 31, 2009
At the recent Qualcomm Smart Services Leadership Summit, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs confirmed our recent report that the company's healthcare focused MVNO LifeComm had become irrelevant. Mobihealthnews broke the news that LifeComm was shutting down two weeks ago.
"After working for a few years to get the venture capital lined up, we were hit with the economic downturn. In the meantime,...
July 10, 2009
The revenue from worldwide sales of WiFi-enabled healthcare products will reach nearly $5 billion in 2014, according to a recent report from ABI Research. The figure represents an increase of almost 70 percent over today's market.
"It's a pretty big business," ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt said in a statement. "The strong uptake of WiFi in the health industry is underpinned by its need...
July 8, 2009
Even though Manhattan Research recently published a report that found twice as many physicians are using iPhones this year than last year, the most popular smartphones in use by physicians today are BlackBerrys. mobihealthnews recently had the chance to discuss wireless healthcare trends with BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's Fraser Edward who heads the company's Healthcare Marketing Group....
June 22, 2009
You know those "Your Speed Limit Is..." signs on the side of the road? Turns out they are very effective. Michael Barrett, managing partner at Critical Mass Consulting, wondered whether the healthcare industry could learn a thing or two from those simple, roadside sentinels. Barrett made the case this morning during a presentation at the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Washington....
March 23, 2009
"You need a more reliable wireless connection for a CAT scan than you for watching a cat do backflips on Youtube," FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein joked at an event that took place this morning in the Senate. The session, The Wireless Future of Health IT, was jointly organized by the the wireless industry association, CTIA, and the New America Foundation.
Adelstein began his remarks by noting...