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By Brian Dolan February 2, 2010
Working toward "m-Africa": One mobile health leader has three tenets for a successful launch in a developing market: Price innovation, product reengineering and process innovation and realignment are the "three Ps" for creating a model where global technology can be "made or incubated in a developing country, as well as supporting and stimulating local innovations in and sustainable technology...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring for patients with heart conditions is fast becoming a crowded space for wireless health companies -- CardioNet, the only pureplay wireless health company to have gone public and LifeWatch, a Switzerland-based company are just two of the big players in this ever popular field. Last month we noted that Corventis had received FDA approval for its MCOT system, which put it...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2010
A group of telehealth companies has come together to donate remote monitoring services and devices to care workers in Haiti following the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country last month. A&D Engineering, Advanced Warning Systems, Digicel, MedApps and Nonin have agreed to jointly donate equipment and infratructure toward the relief efforts. The group's "telehealth...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2010
CARLSBAD, CA, February 2, 2010 - A&D Engineering, Advanced Warning Systems, Digicel, MedApps and Nonin announced today that they are banding together as partners in a telehealth eco-system in order to donate medical health monitoring equipment and infrastructure solutions towards Haitian relief efforts. The companies plan to launch this program after rescue and recovery has been completed and...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2010
Data tsunami to overwhelm: According to a survey sponsored by Dell and conducted by HIMSS, small and medium sized hospitals in the US, Europe and China are not ready for the "wave of data" that is set to "inundate" their systems over the next couple of years. More Another entrant in the person locator service for Alzheimer's patients and others: "Aerotel Medical Systems of Holon, Israel has...
By Brian Dolan January 28, 2010
We have been tracking the soft launch of the White House's free mobile health service for expectant mothers, Text4baby, since early last year. While the service was planned to launch in the fall of 2009, a recent presentation from the Text4Baby team explains that the service launched this month and plans to begin marketing through partners in February. The service appears to have soft launched in...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
As expected, Apple unveiled its new tablet device, the iPad, and it dominated the news cycle this week. Apple positioned the device as a new platform positioned at the intersection of the "liberal arts and technology" -- a clear indication that the healthcare industry was not its top of mind use case. Despite recent news that Apple has been pursuing a mobile EHR pilot with Epic Systems, the iPad...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
mHealth Alliance award application process draws to a close: The mHealth Alliance announced the last call for its $50,000 prize for revolutionary wireless technology applications for global health. More HealthNewsDigest imagines how the healthcare system will look if much of the technology demonstrated and talked about today becomes implemented: "The technology required to make the benefits in...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
Ireland's national Food Safety Authority recently launched an email and text messaging service that aims to inform food allergy sufferers about foods that have not appropriately labeled their products for the presence of common allergens. Warnings like "may contain nuts" or "manufactured on a line that also uses nuts" are not useful for allergy sufferers, according to the agency. Once the...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2010
The iPad definitely helps bridge some of the gaps currently present in the mobile [device continuum]. Workflow is the key to adoption and utilization in healthcare. I think the iPad will be a catalyst. - Tom Herzog, VP IT and Medical Device Technologies, Cerner I think [the iPad is big news for healthcare providers and patients]. Despite its lack of a camera, the iPad will push healthcare away...

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