Tags: heart rate monitoring | iPhone fitness apps | mobile fitness apps | Nike Plus | Nike SportsBand | Nike+ | PAN | personal area networks | Polar WearLink |
Polar has inked a deal with Nike to connect a wireless-enabled heart rate monitor, called WearLink, to Nike+, one of the most high profile connected fitness products on the market. Users strap the WearLink accessory around their chest and it transmits the user’s heart rate wirelessly to their Nike+ iPod Sport Kit or Nike SportBand.
The new accessory enables users to monitor their beats per minute while they run with their Nike+ SportBand, or hear spoken feedback of their BPM during their Nike+ iPod workout. Following the workout, users can track how long they ran in their target heart rate zone and track heart rate trends over time.
Nike+ has long been referred to as the quintessential example of a personal area network (PAN) product. A sensor in the user’s Nike shoe wirelessly interacts with the user’s iPod, iPhone or Nike SportsBand. The Nike+ system tracks elapsed time of the workout, the distance traveled, pace and calories burned. With the new Polar accessory, heart rate can be added to the list.
According to the companies’ press release: “The soft textile chest strap seamlessly adapts to the user’s body shape, bringing full freedom of movement to the training session. The comfortable textile strap is also machine-washable and with its hook mechanism, the transmitter is just as quick to put on as it is to take off. A user replaceable battery also increases the ease-of-use.” Keep reading>>
Tags: Android health apps | CHDI | Community Health Data Initiative | DHHS | Health 2.0 | HHS | mobile health | ONCHIT | ScanAvert | smartphone health apps |
By Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
The Health 2.0 Conference convened its first meeting in Washington, DC, today, with public sector health leaders and private sector innovators coming together in a Great Big Kumbayah. This conference featured two prominent and key players absent from previous Health 2.0 Conferences: patients on every panel, and the Federal government punctuating the start, the middle, and the end of the day’s agenda.
The over-arching message: Data Liberación! says Todd Park, the DHHS Technology Officer. This follows last week’s launch by DHHS of the Community Health Data Initiative (which Park wants to rename with your help here). [More about the CHDI here from Health Populi] The point of freeing the data, which has been virtually locked in Federal and State government silos, is for people, providers and researchers to mash-it-up, learn, and apply to improve health outcomes. In this regard, Linda Harris, lead of the Health Communication and eHealth Team at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in DHHS, pointed to the Healthy People 2020 goals. When data liquidity comes to health care, all Americans have the prospect of better health status in 2020 than we do have in 2010.
Will Yu, innovations guru in the Office of the National Center for Health IT (ONCHIT, SHARP team) kicked off the day with an inspiring mantra on the need for innovation in health. This was followed by a number of innovative application demos, always a key feature at Health 2.0 conferences. Among them, I’m especially intrigued by ScanAvert which helps users “Shop Healthier, Be Healthier” with a mobile scan technology linking barcodes to food safety recall data and ingredient substitute information for dietary restrictions and allergies. This mobile application fits into the new health paradigm of participatory health for engaged people who want to make smart microdecisions throughout the day — recognizing that health is a 24×7 pursuit, largely happening outside of the doctor’s office and health system.
Read more from Jane’s post over at Health Populi
Tags: BlackBerry | CellTrak | home health | mobile health | mobile health Canada | nurses | Research In Motion | Saint Elizabeth Health Care |
Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a not-for-profit home health care organization with more than 4,000 nurses, rehab therapists and personal support workers on staff, has inked a deal with CellTrak to deploy its Blackberry-based software to its workers. CellTrak integrates the care group’s scheduling software to allow increased efficiency and capabilities to respond to client and system requirements more effectively.
Saint Elizabeth Health Care said it will use Procura’s clinical management system to send patient-visit schedules directly to the mobiles of front line staff, which it believes will decrease scheduling issues and increase flexibility to respond to new appointments or changes in a client’s condition. The ability to geographically optimize daily patient visits and routes should bring about cost savings, the care provider said in a press release.
“This mobile solution provides additional safety for our front line professionals and greater reliability for our clients with its GPS functionality,” Saint Elizabeth’s press release stated. “As home care providers often work alone, the increase in connectivity is invaluable. For clients, fast and accurate schedule adjustments make it easier to get assistance when they need it.”
Saint Elizabeth noted that its more than 4,000 care workers deliver 3.8 million health care visits annually.
For more on the Saint Elizabeth deal with CellTrak, see the press release here
Tags: Apple | barcodes | BlackBerry | Chilmark Research | Epocrates | iPhone | iPod Touch | Linea-Pro | Microsoft HealthVault | Palm | physicians smartphone adoption | Telus | VA telehealth |
Halamka impressed by Linea-Pro barcode scanner accessory: After a four week study of their facility’s mobile device strategy, Dr. John Halamka’s team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was impressed with Linea-Pro couple with an iPod Touch: “One of the devices we considered was the iPod Touch with an integrated Barcode Scanner/Magstrip reader from Linea-Pro. We have many varied use cases for laboratory and medication management workflow. All involve scanning patient wrist bands, scanning medications/tubes of blood and scanning/swiping employee badges. Having a development platform with a graphic user interface, long battery life and WiFi capability gives us significant flexibility without investing in an expensive, limited dedicated device. The iPod Touch is easy to purchase, support, and use. It’s a consumer friendly device. Adding a laser scanning bar code reader makes it an impressive clinical tool.” More
Mobile device preferences among physicians: According to the survey Epocrates conducted right after the iPad was announced, a good number of physicians planned on buying the device. Healthcare Informatics revisits the study and notes the mobile device breakdown for the survey’s respondents: “As of February, 50.26 percent of survey respondents had an iPhone or iPod touch; 23.21 percent were using a handheld device with the Palm operating system (such as TX, E2, or Treo); 17.09 percent were using a Blackberry; and 3.32 percent were using a device with the Palm web OS (Palm Pre, Palm Pixi); meanwhile, a smattering of respondents were using some other form of mobile device.” More Keep reading>>
Tags: Apple CEO Steve Jobs | Apple video calls | FaceTime | iPhone 4 | iPhone video calling | telecare | telehealth |
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new video calling service called FaceTime for the company’s new iPhone 4, during the World Wide Developers Conference in Cupertino, California today.
The new iPhone 4 is 24 percent slimmer than the iPhone 3GS, according to Jobs, but its most striking hardware upgrade is an additional camera — one on the front and one on the back. Both cameras can be used for FaceTime calls.
For now, FaceTime only works over WiFi networks and between two iPhone 4 devices. Jobs said the WiFi situation will likely stay the same through 2010, but that Apple needs to “work with” the carriers to change the WiFi-only situation in the coming year.
During a demo video, Jobs showed various use cases for FaceTime, including one that showed two people using sign language to communicate via a video call. Keep reading>>
Tags: CTIA Wireless | Everywhere Healthcare | machine-to-machine | Zeo |
By Ben Rubin, CTO, Zeo
Earlier this year, I spoke at MobiHealthNews’ Everywhere Healthcare event at CTIA. One discussion at the event, called “Wireless Operators Eye Healthcare” was fascinating – and I asked an interesting question of the carriers, which I re-state below:
Many devices in my life want to be connected. There are easily 10x and maybe 100x additional connection to be made. The ‘wireless hub’ model where local radios communicate with a hub (or mobile phone as a hub) is currently a customer experience nightmare and standards/ubiquity is a major problem. Are you planning to develop technology and pricing structures that can allow these 10-100x devices that need only a few K a day or month to connect directly and magically to the cell network? I have previously asked this question of technology enablers in the cell space – and was told to ‘not hold my breath’.
When asked, the responses from the mobile carriers were fascinating. They all realized the magnitude of the opportunity and the importance of the question. But they (ATT, Vodafone, Verizon, Jitterbug) were visibly at a loss for how to solve the problem and capture the opportunity. They admitted that their current business model with phone that cost $100-600 and plans that cost $40-100/month was limiting them. Steve from Verizon was hopeful that new usability and technology in the local radio space would allow for an easy connection to a home/mobile gateway to be made.
Here is my take. Tons of devices want and need to be connected. There are major consumer, device manufacturer, and carrier advantages for working out the business model to make this happen. A neat example was mentioned by Don Jones of Qualcomm during a keynote at the Burrill Consumer Digital Health Meeting earlier this week – a Gillette razor that was connected could have a re-order button for blades. Press the button and a few days later a truck drops a package off with your new purchase. Easy and convenient for the consumer, skips the middle-man for the manufacturer, and more bits move and get charged for the carrier. There are two ways to connect a device like a razor (or an alarm clock, washer, picture frame, mirror, etc.) – local radio to a gateway or direct cellular connection. I’ll discuss each and where I see things headed below. Keep reading>>