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>>
Tags: CES | GE Healthcare | handheld ultrasound | Intel Health Guide | Morsel | Vscan | West Wireless Health Institute | wireless medical sensors | WWHI |
The West Wireless Health Institute announced a partnership today with GE Healthcare to jointly work on a variety of educational, technical and research initiatives related to wireless health. The WWHI noted that its technology and education partnerships are based on the mutual exchange of ideas, technical assistance and expertise — but do not include the exchange of funds. Therefore, assumedly, the partnership included no financial deal.
The WWHI’s co-founder Dr. Eric Topol has long been a fan of GE Healthcare’s portable, handheld ultrasound device, Vscan. While Vscan currently has no wireless networking capability, Topol often pointed to the device, which is about the size of a large mobile phone, as the future for personal medical devices. Topol also gave the very first live demo of GE’s Vscan on-stage during his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. (Revisit that here.)
While the Vscan received no mention in the WWHI-GE partnership press release, the WWHI did refer to GE as having demonstrated leadership in the emerging wireless health industry. In the past some of the wireless health-related GE we have covered includes GE’s partnership with Intel for the Health Guide; GE’s wireless sensor initiatives for premature infants; and GE’s recently launched wellness smartphone app, Morsel. Keep reading>>
Tags: Gary and Mary West Foundation | Gary West | investment | Sotera Wireless | West Wireless Health Institute | wireless health | WWHI |
The Gary and Mary West Foundation granted the West Wireless Health Institute an additional $20 million to support biomedical engineering research. The foundation created the West Wireless Health Institute in March of last year after an initial grant of $45 million. West Wireless Health Institute CEO Don Casey is set to discuss the new funding in his keynote speech this morning at the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting here in La Jolla, CA.
WWHI describes itself as a medical research organization that is dedicated to cutting the cost of health care by innovating, validating, advocating for and investing in the use of wireless technologies to transform medicine. The nonprofit is headquartered in San Diego, California.
In addition to funding internal research and development, the grant will also support the Institute’s recently launched Postdoctoral Program, which is training the first generation of leaders in the emerging field of wireless health. The Institute’s Engineering department is led by Dr. Mehran Mehregany, its executive vice president of engineering and chief of engineering research: Keep reading>>
Tags: CareAlert | CareLink | M-Link | Medtronic | wireless implantable devices | wireless remote monitoring |
Medtronic recently announced a new cellular accessory for its M-Link, which provides cardiac device patients the ability to send information stored in their implanted devices to their clinics via the CareLink Network. The new accessory would enable that transmission to take place over a cellular network instead of through the user’s landline phone connection.
“The M-Link cellular accessory is making remote monitoring accessible to a greater number of eligible patients,” Pat Mackin, president of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business and senior vice president at Medtronic stated in a company release. “Now patients without a telephone landline have a convenient option to access the CareLink Network and take advantage of the benefits that come with remote monitoring, including fewer in-clinic visits and peace of mind from knowing their device data can be transmitted using cellular technology, without the need for a landline.” Keep reading>>