July 28, 2009
Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm announced a joint venture to provide advanced machine-to-machine (M2M) services, including wireless healthcare applications, devices and services. The as yet unnamed joint venture will be led by Steve Pazol, Qualcomm's VP of Global Smart Services.
M2M is broadly defined as the market for devices that connect through wireless markets to each other, wireless sensors...
July 23, 2009
According to a recent report from ABI Research, wearable wireless sensors are set to grow to more than 400 million devices by 2014. The research firm believes demand will come from professional healthcare, home healthcare and sports and fitness markets, but each market will develop at different speeds and support different applications.
ABI estimates that the sports and fitness market represents...
July 21, 2009
The California Healthcare Foundation's iHealthBeat recently conducted a podcast interview with Shankar Sastry, dean of engineering at the University of California-Berkeley and Monica Levy, senior director of research at Manhattan Research. Both Sastry and Levy discuss the state and promise of wireless-enabled healthcare tools. Sastry notes that continuous wireless monitoring will be challenging...
July 9, 2009
Global wireless sensor networking services, including home health initiatives and smart grids, will be a $6 billion market worldwide by 2012, according research firm ON World.
"Two years ago home owners were installing wood floors and pools but today they are installing in-home energy management and health systems," says Mareca Hatler, ON World research director. "This trend is being driven by...
July 1, 2009
Wireless sensor-powered remote monitoring company WellAWARE recently inked deals with two large faith-based nursing charities just weeks after the company launched, according to a report over at ZDNet Healthcare. The deals come after five years of development and pilots. A total of 60 facilities currently have WellAWARE installed.
When a resident's movement and activities differ from the norm,...
June 29, 2009
U. of House works on wireless sensors: University of Houston and the Abramson Center for the Future of Health are designing an in-home health system for vital sign monitoring and location tracking. For about $1,000 an entire house could be outfitted with the system, which could then alert caregivers via their smartphones when a patient is in need. For movement tracking, patients will have to wear...
May 27, 2009
According to a recent ABI report, the U.S. stimulus bill, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contains "potential goldmines" worth up to $6.8 billion for wireless equipment vendors, infrastructure providers and wireless service providers. According to ABI, healthcare is one of the key verticals that will benefit from ARRA's spending on wireless.
"The ARRA represents a windfall for...
April 13, 2009
Investor's Business Daily posted an interview with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs to discuss the last 25 years of wireless technology innovation and what lies ahead -- of course, mHealth figures in prominently to Jacobs' vision:
"We're in the early stages. We're only now getting to these high-speed networks. The price of chips is low enough that we can have consumer electronics and computational...
April 8, 2009
I love the smell of tradeshows in the morning.
Brian Dolan, Editor, mobihealthnews
Good thing, too, because the mobihealthnews team has spent the last two weeks at three of them: CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas (sunny/mild), BodyNets in Los Angeles (sunny/warm), and HIMSS in Chicago (snowy/cold then sunny/warm). The city of HIMSS clearly produced superior beer selections (Chicago's Goose Island 312...
April 8, 2009
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs told reporters during a trip to South Korea that his firm was looking at wireless and healthcare companies in the country for venture capital investment opportunities. Qualcomm's interest coincides with a government investment promotion program in South Korea.
Qualcomm has a track record of investing in and supporting the development of wireless health companies,...