Tags: blood glucose monitor | hypertension | St. Jude Medical | wireless pacemaker |
A patient at St. Francis Hospital in Rosyln, New York, Carol Kasyjanski, 61, has become the first recipient of St. Jude Medical’s wireless-enabled pacemaker, which the FDA approved in July. Kasyjanksi’s routine check-ups are significantly shorter now because the doctor can finish about 90 percent of the work before she arrives thanks to the data transmitted from the pacemaker to its online portal.
Dr. Steven Greenberg, the director of St. Francis’ Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Center, said the new technology would likely become the gold standard for pacemakers. The remote monitoring device connects to the server “at least” once a day to upload data or any alerts.
“In the future, these pacemakers may be placed not just for people with slow heartbeats. We may be monitoring high blood pressure, we may be measuring glucose, we may be monitoring heart failure,” Greenberg said. ”There are literally dozens of physiological parameters that now, with this wireless technology, we can leverage for the future of monitoring. So it is not just a rhythm monitor but a disease monitor.”
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Tags: Asthma Journal | Dossia | Google Health | iPhone | Microsoft HealthVault | Ringful |
Application developer company Ringful announced that its newest application, Asthma Journal, is now available for the iPhone platform. The company also claims it’s the first app to integrate with the Google Health personal health record. The application is free.
Asthma Journal enables uses to track and report whether they are wheezing, coughing or tight in the chest. The user also tracks the severity of its their symptoms. The app then sends the entries to the user’s Google Health account so the patients, caregivers and/or physicians can review the data in aggregate.
Next steps for the app? Microsoft HealthVault integration should come with the app’s next update, according to CEO Michael Yuan. The CEO also wants to provide integration with Dossia, which is a consortium of large employers that aim to provide their employees and other dependents with an “independent, lifelong health record.”
Is this the first of many Google Health integrated apps?
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Tags: health & fitness iPhone apps | mhealth | SparkPeople | Weight Watchers |
David Kirchhoff, Weight Watchers’ president and CEO announced yesterday that Weight Watchers will soon submit an iPhone application to Apple in an effort to provide “convenience and information on demand to further [members'] weight-loss success and to further modernize the Weight Watchers’ brand.”
Weight Watchers is one of the most recognizable brands in the consumer health industry, but do they need an iPhone app? As you might expect, nearly all of the most downloaded applications in the Health & Fitness category in the AppStore are nutrition, exercise and/or weight loss-related. The WW app would have to compete with the many free or cheap apps already popular among iPhone users. The Weight Watchers app will be a free offering, but only for current Weight Watchers members, which begs the question: How many Weight Watchers members have iPhones?
Since Weight Watchers’ aim seems to be to provide a mobile offering for its existing members, as opposed to using an iPhone app as a means to attract new members (a free or cheap app available to any iPhone user would be the strategy there), the company would do well to consider a more horizontal approach to its mobile offering so all of its mobile phone-equipped members can take advantage of it. Why not offer a text message based service whereby members can text in the number of points they are consuming to their online database? Members could also text in their weight each time they step on the scale. Weight Watchers could, in turn, provide encouragement or reminders via text message to all its members. Keep reading>>