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By MHN Staff July 21, 2009
Ascension Health, CA and Qualcomm Aid the Advancement of Continua BEAVERTON, Ore.– Continua Health Alliance, the non-profit, open industry alliance of more than 200 leading healthcare and technology organizations, today announced that it has elected representatives of Ascension Health, CA, Inc. and Qualcomm to its Board of Directors. Also represented on Continua’s Board of Directors are Cisco...
By MHN Staff July 21, 2009
Telehealth, Shared Doctor Visits, Online Consultation Seen as Cures for Capacity Constraints NEW YORK, July 21, 2009 — In a recent survey of 1,000 American consumers, more than half (55%) believe that if universal health insurance coverage is passed by Congress it will not ensure equal access to care because of capacity constraints, particularly in hospital emergency rooms, according to a report...
By Brian Dolan 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...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance has added three companies to its board of directors: Qualcomm, Ascension Health and CA. The industry alliance of now more than 200 healthcare and technology companies works to ensure global interoperability between personal telehealth solutions. Continua's board of directors already includes representation from Cisco, Intel, Medtronic, Kaiser Permanente, Panasonic,...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
We reported their plans back in May, now it's here: WebMD Health has launched a Medscape CME iPhone app for physicians. Medscape Mobile is a free iPhone and iPod Touch app that includes information for more than 6,000 generic and brand-name drugs, herbals, supplements and antidotes, a drug interaction checker, clinical reference tools, medical news and continuing medical education (CME). The app...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
Last month, Dr. Dan Fletcher, who is an adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology shared the Obama administration's views on the emerging wireless health opportunity. Fletcher's remarks included challenges for the industry as well as ways it can best engage the federal government. Fletcher's presentation was part of a summit in Washington D.C. organized by CTIA, the wireless...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
CareGroup Health System CIO John Halamka recently wrote about the strategy his facility, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is pursuing to comply with new Massachusetts Data Protection regulations. The new regs require organizations to take extra precautions to secure information, including data on mobile devices at the work place. (If you are not familiar with Halamka, he holds a number of...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
While The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced plans to suspend a number of its health IT projects, reports of one mobile phone-based EKG trial illustrated the kind of innovations the VA has been incubating. One of Sprint's and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion's key healthcare partners, mVisum is working with the VA to test a system that aims to get critical medical information to...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
A recent survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 73 percent of consumers would use biometric electronic remote monitoring services to track their condition and vital signs -- a key metric for determining interest in many wireless health services. The PwC report had a number of other interesting metrics: "More than half of people who went to a hospital emergency department in the past year...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2009
FDA OKs St. Jude wireless implant: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted St. Jude Medical approval for its its Accent RF pacemaker and Anthem RF CRT-P, which feature secure, wireless transmission of data that the clinician or a home monitor can track. St. Jude claims its system is unique as an "integrated system of pacing devices with wireless telemetry from implant through...

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