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By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
"The hottest company in the electronic medical records industry is a secretive Wisconsin outfit called Epic Systems," a recent Forbes article explained. "It does little marketing or advertising, shuns acquisitions, never issues press releases and tries to stay out of the headlines." An EMR company with a penchant for the secretive? No wonder Apple has teamed up with Epic Systems to increase its...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
Last week at the CTIA Wireless IT & E event in San Diego, close to 30 wireless health companies exhibited their wares on the show floor. For those readers who were not in attendance and for those looking for a round-up of the companies on-site, we put together a slide show describing each of the companies exhibiting. The companies range in size from established tech companies to wireless...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
Last week Microsoft launched a beta version of My Health Info, an online health information management service that pulls data from HealthVault but also offers users widgets that help them upload and organize their HealthVault data. As you may expect, the widgets include connections with personal health devices like heart-rate monitors and pedometers. My Health Info is part of MSN. MSN positions...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
At the Body Computing Conference last week in Los Angeles, the Food and Drug Association's Brian Fitzgerald weighed in on a big question: Who owns your health data? According to a report in Fast Company, the typical answer most consumers would provide is "my body, my data." Fitzgerald, however, had an insightful and perhaps troubling reply. It made for a true regulatory monkey wrench: "These are...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
At the Body Computing Conference last week in Los Angeles, wireless health company Corventis demonstrated a concept iPhone app called Beating Heart, which the company created with the event's organizers. The app is a game that leverages Corventis' wireless "band-aid" sensor to transmit the players heart rate to the iPhone, which then can broadcast the heart rate over Twitter and Facebook or via...
By Brian Dolan October 14, 2009
AirWatch-Homecare: AirWatch, which offers enterprise mobile device management software inked a deal with Homecare Homebase to offer the home healthcare company's workers AirWatch's Device Link technology to track, monitor and manage point-of-care mobile devices.  Device Link is already used on 2,500 home healthcare professionals' mobile devices in the U.S. More Google Wave-Google Health: We have...
By Brian Dolan October 13, 2009
The Brookings Institute just published a very worthwhile read: Customer-Driven Medicine: How To Create A New Health Care System, by Darrell West that aims to imagine a different healthcare system where the patient is in charge of their own health with help from EMRs, mobile phones, personalized care and more. In this fictitious world, people monitor their own weight, blood pressure, pulse, sugar...
By Brian Dolan October 13, 2009
During the West Wireless Health Institute open house event earlier last week, presenters noted that by 2020, the U.S. won't have enough physicians -- it will be about 200,000 physicians short, and there are far too few medical schools to make up the difference in the meantime: “Physicians need to be more productive with hours,” Gary West, chairman of the institute told attendees, according to a...
By Brian Dolan October 12, 2009
According to a recent report from Pike & Fischer, the market for telemedicine devices and services will climb to $3.6 billion in annual revenue over the next five years largely thanks for a push from wireless technologies, data compression and smartphones. Telemedicine will be dominated by wireless technologies during that time period: More than 70 percent of telemedicine will be wireless...
By Brian Dolan October 12, 2009
LVER SPRING, MD -- 10/06/09 -- The market for telemedicine devices and services will generate nearly $3.6 billion in annual revenue within the next five years, with mobile-services companies taking a sizeable chunk of that business, market research firm Pike & Fischer projects in a new report. The need to control costs, along with the development and expansion of faster wireless broadband...

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