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By Brian Dolan April 27, 2010
Last week the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled “Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home.” The hearing focused on the  benefits of remote patient monitoring, the need for more broadband, the special health care needs of the senior population and the obstacles presented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...
By Brian Dolan March 18, 2010
One federal agency suggesting ways that another federal agency might better do its job is commonplace in Washington D.C., but it's of particular interest for this editor when the topic is mobile health. Within the FCC's 360 page National Broadband Plan, which it unveiled earlier this week, there is a full chapter and some two dozen pages about healthcare. The FCC calls connected health "eCare"...
By Brian Dolan February 17, 2010
Wireless health services aim to improve care, but they also seek to reduce overall healthcare spending, which a recent study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports is increasing. The study shows that healthcare spending increased by 5.7 percent in 2009 and projects that this decade may bring about an average annual growth rate of 6.1 percent in healthcare spending. By...
By Brian Dolan February 3, 2010
Last year Washington DC-based George Washington Medical Center teamed up with WellDoc and Medicaid PPO clinic, Chartered Health Family Clinic to determine the efficacy of an intensive mobile phone based program for Medicaid patients with diabetes. The program is currently underway. "I was told if we could get this to work with this population, we could probably do it anywhere," Dr. Richard Katz...
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 January 19, 2010
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis' Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. -- Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system -- last April. According to the company...
By Brian Dolan November 6, 2009
Should hospitals who use telemedicine technologies be compensated for revenues lost because of reduced admissions and ED visits? That's the proposition set forth in a column over at iHealthBeat by Protima Advani, Practice Manager for the IT Insights program at the Advisory Board Company: "Needless to say, more than just federal grants are needed to drive growth in telemedicine programs. Changes...
By Brian Dolan September 2, 2009
There has been a highly speculative and questionable rumor floating around that Philips is interested in buying wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet. The company has had a string of bad news lately as Highmark Medicare Services officially reduced reimbursement for the company's services starting yesterday. CardioNet is also facing class action lawsuits related to the reimbursement cut....
By Brian Dolan September 1, 2009
Highmark Medicare Services (HMS) confirmed with remote monitoring service provider CardioNet that the reduced reimbursement rate for mobile cardiovascular technology will become effective today, September 1, 2009. The new rate is $754 per service and that represents a 33 percent reduction from the $1,123 reimbursement rate the service has retained all year. "We are very disappointed at HMS'...
By Brian Dolan August 4, 2009
"People are now texting more than they are speaking on their mobile phones and this has to tell us something in the healthcare industry." said Frank Avignone, Senior Director, AllOne Mobile at the World Healthcare Congress' Wireless Health event in Boston last week. Avignone noted that wireless only households (homes with no landline phones) now make up more than 18 percent of U.S. households. (...