Tags: American Medical Alert | Hughes Telematics | LifeComm | mobile personal emergency response system | MPERS | Qualcomm |
Qualcomm’s Lifecomm is back and it has taken the form of a mobile personal emergency response offering.
Hughes Telematics, Qualcomm, and American Medical Alert announced a joint venture to deliver mobile health services called Lifecomm. Lifecomm, an entity formed with cash and in-kind contributions by the parties, will operate as a majority-owned subsidiary of HTI and plans to launch a mobile Personal Emergency Response Service (PERS) focused on seniors and their caregivers in the United States in 2011. MobiHealthNews broke the story that Qualcomm’s plans for Lifecomm had been shuttered in July of last year. The announcement today that Hughes Telematics and the American Medical Alert Corporation planned to fund Lifecomm along with Qualcomm has resurrected the brand for the one-time MVNO.
So what’s new about the mPERS device the new Lifecomm is offering? Unlike legacy devices, the Lifecomm mobile PERS device will work whether the user is inside or far away from their home since it connects to a cellular network. Keep reading>>
Tags: BlackBerry | consumer health devices | iPhone | NeuroVigil | personal sleep coach | smartphone health apps | TEDMED | wireless sleep monitoring | Zeo |
The more you know, the better you sleep. That’s the idea behind Zeo, a personal sleep coach device and service offered by a startup by the same name. While Zeo’s setup currently includes a wireless-enabled, sensor-equipped headband and bedside display/alarm clock, in the future that may change, Zeo’s President and CEO, Dave Dickinson said during a presentation at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event in La Jolla this week.
The company’s iPhone app, which Zeo announced at MobiHealthNews’ Everywhere Healthcare event in March, and other future Zeo mobile applications may someday include some of the functionality of the company’s bedside display device.
“Eventually [sleep data] will transmit directly from your headband to your phone,” Dickinson said during his presentation.
Another sleep-focused company that is more clinically-focused than Zeo, called NeuroVigil, which also analyzes EEG signals through wireless headband sensors, already transmits its sleep data directly to BlackBerry mobile devices, according to a presentation NeuroVigil’s CEO and Founder gave at TEDMED last year. Keep reading>>
Tags: Apple patents | iPhone health apps | iPhone medical apps | mhealth | smartphones | wireless health patents |
Sure, the latest patent application that Apple filed for an embedded heart rate sensor received a ton of largely unwarranted hype, but Apple has busily applied for and received (some) patents related to wireless health, biometrics and fitness. Here are five Apple patents we have tracked during the past year, including the much-talked-about heart rate authentication one:
Smart garment, April 15, 2010: A sensor authenticated to a garment transfers information, either wirelessly or wired, to an external data processing device. Such information includes location information, physiometric data of the individual wearing the garment, garment performance and wear data (when the garment is an athletic shoe, for example). The external data processing device can be portable digital media players that are, in turn, in wireless communication with a server computer or other wireless devices. More
Activity monitoring systems and methods, March 31, 2009: An activity monitor, comprises housing for attachment to a person; at least one accelerometer disposed within the housing; and a processor disposed within the housing, for processing signals from the accelerometer to assess activity of the person. A method assesses activity of a person, including: sensing acceleration at a first location on the person; processing the acceleration, over time, to assess activity of the person; and wirelessly communicating information indicative of the activity to a second location. More Keep reading>>
Tags: biometric sensors | Center for Connected Health | EMC | iMetrikus | pedometers | self-insured employers | wellness programs | Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance |
“Healthy behavior. Everyone. Everyday. Everyway.” That’s the ambitious mantra that the Center for Connected Health’s spinout, HopSkipConnect has adopted as its company’s mandate, according to CEO Rick Lee during a presentation here at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance event in La Jolla, California.
While the startup is still in a stealth mode of sorts, Lee sketched out some of the company’s plans as well as its vision for connected health.
HopSkipConnect is a device agnostic connected health company that uses personal health devices (glucometer, blood pressure cuffs, pedometers, etc.) from more than 50 partner companies to move biometric information into their analytics engine. HopSkipConnect runs the data through their “black box” and applies decision rules, clinical rules engines, pattern recognition and other tools to crunch the data and report it back to end users via text message, smartphone apps, Facebook, Twitter — or whever the user wants it, according to Lee.
One of the pedometer-based offerings Lee presented was a virtual race to see which user could “walk faster” to Los Angeles or New York City. In other words, who could log the same amount of steps that it would take to reach those destinations in the shortest amount of time. Keep reading>>
Tags: CMS Innovation Center | Dr. Mohit Kaushal | FCC | Medicaid | Medicare | mHealth reimbursement | wireless health reimbursement |
We are holding Senate hearings to address reimbursement barriers for eCare and wireless health services, Dr. Mohit Kaushal, the director of healthcare at the FCC said during a presentation at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance here in La Jolla, CA.
The federal government is going to focus on cost cutting, Kaushal said, as it might has allocated $10 billion through 2019 for the creation of a CMS Innovation Center. Kaushal said there will be more news on the Center come January of next year. Kaushal said that while CMS has conducted pilots in the past, it is very hard for pilots to get implemented at the “macro level,” he said. The CMS Innovation Center will conduct pilots that reward value instead of volume, Kaushal said.
The CMS Innovation Center will be the most important piece for changing CMS reimbursement for wireless health services, Kaushal said. Keep reading>>
Tags: 3G mHealth | American Telemedicine Association | Apple iPad | ATA | eDevice | Honeywell HomMed | LifeWatch AF TeleClinic | mHealth Alliance | telemedicine | Voalte |
1 million iPads sold: Apple sold its one millionth iPad last Friday, which marks just 28 days after its commercial availability on April 3. Apple said that iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store. More
$12B wasted: According to a new report from Voalte, researchers estimate that U.S. hospitals waste $12 billion annually due to poor communication. For a typical 500 bed, acute-care hospital, communication problems between physicians and nurses creates an annual $4 million economic burden. Read more from Voalte’s report: “Smart Hospitals: Embracing Smartphones at the Point of Care.” More
3G powered mHealth: China-based IVT Corp. plans to demo three 3G-enabled mobile health services for hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes at the ATA 2010 event in San Antonio, TX next week. (We’ll be there, too.) More
Gaps and Barriers: The mHealth Alliance and the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University recently published a dense but very worthwhile report on mobile health in so-called developing markets: “Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries.” More (PDF) Keep reading>>