December 8, 2009
WellAware Systems, which develops wellness monitoring solutions for senior care providers, secured $7.5 million in venture capital from Valhalla Partners and .406 Ventures.
WellAware's monitoring system consists of an array of wireless sensors placed throughout the senior's home -- these sensors capture data that is then communicated wirelessly through the cloud to the WellAware database....
December 7, 2009
Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) held a meeting this year to establish projections for the arrival of various technologies, including wireless health devices. Here's what the group predicted:
In five years, a variety of wearable devices should interface wirelessly with assistive robots.
In 10 years, smaller-scale and lighter-weight...
November 16, 2009
San Diego, California-based start-up Triage Wireless has changed its name to Sotera Wireless as part of an agreement with Inverness Medical Innovations, which markets products under the Triage brand.
Triage Wireless, now Sotera Wireless, has close ties to Qualcomm and is developing continuous, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring technology with arterial-line accuracy and without the need for...
November 5, 2009
Two years from now mobile devices may look a lot like the touchscreen smartphones of today, according to a report in The New York Times, however, they will be as powerful as today's PC (personal computer) -- only much more personal. The Times interviewed esearchers from Nokia, MIT and Siri to get a sketch of what mobile devices will be capable of two years from now: Super sensors, tactile touch...
November 2, 2009
UK-based wireless body area monitoring company Toumaz has begun a clinical trial of its peel-and-stick body monitoring system, Sensium, at London's St. Mary's Hospital. The trial is sponsored by Toumaz's U.S. partner CareFusion.
Toumaz's Sensium wireless band-aids continuously monitor patients' vital signs, including skin temperature, heart rate and respiration.
Toumaz founder Chris Toumazou...
October 2, 2009
Larry Smarr, Institute Director at Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) has big ideas for the digital transformation of healthcare over the next decade and he plans to leverage Calit2's resources to push the trend forward, according to a report from Xconomy. Smarr said he's pushing the digital transformation of healthcare along with similar...
September 23, 2009
Ed Zander's 15 years at Sun Microsystems culminated in 1999 when he became the company's President. In 2004 Zander joined Motorola as that company's CEO and Chairman until he stepped down early in 2008. Now, a year later, Zander has surfaced as a board member at ZigBee-enabled wireless asset tracking start-up Awarepoint, which focuses on healthcare facilities. With his attention turned to...
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...
September 21, 2009
Paolo Bonato holds many titles: Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School; chair of the 2008 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems. Bonato's work focuses on technology like wearable...
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...