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By Brian Dolan February 16, 2009
"Mobile health by definition will become a necessary component of all healthcare," Microsoft's Director of Development for Consumer Health Solutions Oren Rosenbloom said last week at Carnegie Mellon's CyLab Mobility Research Center (MRC) in Silicon Valley. "Technology has created the expectation that you can take your office with you where ever you go and you can communicate with anyone anywhere...
By Brian Dolan February 13, 2009
Maybe it's because of the new billing codes for cardiac telemetry devices, but the newscycle is brimming with announcements from wireless implantable cardiac monitoring devices this week. We just wrote about Medtronic's Reveal XT, now the FDA announced approval for Transoma Medical's Sleuth AT, which is also an implantable wireless cardiac monitor that communicates with a personal device the...
By Brian Dolan February 13, 2009
Medtronic's Reveal XT subcutaneous cardiac monitor is now commercially available in the U.S. The company introduced Reveal XT in Europe in July of 2007. The device helps physicians diagnose heart arrhythmias by monitoring the remotely and also captures an electrocardiogram (ECG) during asymptomatic episodes to better diagnose difficult cases. The Reveal XT communicates wirelessly with a pager-...
By Brian Dolan February 12, 2009
The prospect of wireless-enabled implants that ensure timely and correct dosages of medicine for those unable to care for themselves is fast approaching clinical reality but according to some researchers, the safety and security of these remote intelligent drug delivery systems (RIDDS) still need to be worked out. YanYan Wang and Carey Thaldorf at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando,...
By Brian Dolan February 12, 2009
One of the last and liveliest sessions at TEPR+ last week was a presentation and Q&A with Don Witters from the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Witters repeated multiple times that he attended the show in order to begin a dialog with the mHealth industry to establish clear pathways and regulations that ensure wireless quality of service, coexistence with other medical systems,...
By Brian Dolan February 11, 2009
If the rumors are to believed, the TEPR+ 2009 event last week in Palm Springs, CA could have been the final Toward an Electronic Patient Record event put on by the Medical Records Institute. While the for-profit MRI has already announced the formation of a non-profit mHealth Initiative (mHI) and an associated mHealth event this December in Boston, MA, the group has not formally announced the...
By Brian Dolan February 11, 2009
LoJack is not just for cars anymore. The wireless device maker that is known for helping cops find stolen cars announced today the launch of LoJack SafetyNet, a tracking system aimed at the more than 5.2 million American Alzheimer's patients who may wander off and have trouble finding their way back home again. SafetyNet leverages LoJack's Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, which is already deployed...
By Brian Dolan February 11, 2009
AllOne Mobile is perhaps the biggest partner Microsoft HealthVault has in mHealth. The Wilkes-Barre, PA-based company has close ties to security solutions provider Diversinet, in which it is a significant investor. AllOne Mobile's HealthVault plaform, steeped in security, has become an attractive mobile PHR solution for a number of Blue Crosses as well as the U.S. Army. mobihealthnews had a...
By Brian Dolan February 10, 2009
With a 61-37 vote, the U.S. Senate passed its $838B version of the economic stimulus bill, which included more than $20 billion for health IT spending. Now the joint House-Senate conference committee needs to resolve the differences between the Senate and House bills, which each call for different funding levels to accelerate adoption of health IT and different language in the IT policy and...
By Brian Dolan February 10, 2009
A report from Manhattan Research has found that 10 million adults in the U.S. have used their mobile phones to look up health information in the last year. The report, penned by Manhattan Research VP Meredith Abreu Ressi is called "The Future of Mobile Health: Mobile Adoption, mHealth and Mobile Marketing."  Ressi notes that The Food Network, WebMD, Johnson & Johnson, the National Health...

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