Tags: CES | CTIA | HIMSS | mobile health | mobile health industry research | Mobile World Congress | wireless health | wireless health research |
Was the first quarter of 2010 an important one for mobile health?
When the number of deals tracked for a given industry during one quarter comes close to the total number for the previous year, it’s clear that industry is ramping up. Mobile health is that industry. In our 2009 year-end report, MobiHealthNews chronicled just over 70 deals and partnerships that took place between industry partners. In this MobiHealthNews Q1 2010 report, we track more than 50 deals that took place during the three-month period. While the number of (announced) venture capital investments was low (just a handful), overall activity in the space is up and up.
The US government in particular has been busy these past three months. Care providers, wireless operators, payers, pharma companies and consumer health companies each had a busy quarter. The Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, HIMSS and CTIA events each produced a number of important discussions and developments for the budding mobile health industry. What’s clear from this Q1 2010 round-up: The mobile health industry is now firing on all cylinders.
This MobiHealthNews quarterly report is the first of four planned reports that will cover each three-month period of 2010.
Looking to catch up on the most important recent developments in mobile health? Then this MobiHealthNews State of the Industry report is a must-read. In 40+ pages, we have pulled together the most important events in mHealth that occurred between January and March 2010, including more than 50 deals, top-line results from a half dozen research reports, a handful of venture capital investments, and much, much more. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Tags: CardioMEMS | chronic heart failure | HF sensor | venture capital | wireless medical implantable devices | wireless medical sensor |
CardioMEMS, which develops wireless, implantable medical sensors, announced a new $37.9 million round of venture capital investment. That brings the company’s total raised capital amount to about $145 million. Previous investors include Arcapita Ventures, Boston Millennia Partners, Medtronic, Easton Capital Partners, Foundation Medical Partners, Arboretum Ventures, Deerfield Capital Management, Vision Capital Advisors, Aperture Venture Partners and Rockport Venture Securities.
CardioMEMS said it would use the capital to complete its CHAMPION clinical trial, which it launched in 2007 and plans to complete in the coming months. It hopes to complete the trial by this summer. The CHAMPION trial is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of CardioMEMS’ heart failure (HF) pressure measurement system in 550 patients in the U.S. at more than 65 heart centers.
The CardioMEMS wireless HF sensor is a miniature device that is implanted into the patient’s pulmonary artery using a simple, catheter-based procedure, according to the company. The pulmonary artery pressure is then measured and displayed using the CardioMEMS proprietary electronic monitoring system. Following the procedure, patients perform wireless measurements of their pulmonary artery pressure from home. The pressure data is then transmitted to a secure database and is available for review by the implanting physician on the CardioMEMS proprietary website. Keep reading>>
Tags: implantable cardiac monitoring devices | implantable medical devices | Merlin at home | Merlin@home | St. Jude Medical | wireless implantable devices |
St. Jude Medical launched a wireless USB adaptor for its Merlin@home transmitter for patients with implantable cardiac devices. The new adaptor allows important patient data from the patient’s implantable cardiac device to be wirelessly downloaded and securely transmitted via cellular networks to a physician for review. Previously Merlin@home required a landline telephone line.
“For patients who either prefer to use cellular technology or do not have access to a standard phone line, this product provides an alternative solution for secure data transmission,” Dr. David Sandler, director of electrophysiology at the Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa, OK stated in a St. Jude press release. “The Wireless USB Adaptor offers a reliable, portable remote monitoring option for patients who frequently travel.”
According to report from the CDC published this past Janurary, preliminary results from the January-June 2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicated that the number of American homes that only use mobile phones (no landlines) continues to increase. Some 22.7 percent of U.S. homes only used mobile phones during the first six months of 2009. That marks an increase of 2.5 percent over the same period in 2008. St. Jude’s new offering makes the connected implantable device easier for those patients living in landline-less homes to use. Keep reading>>
Tags: Beacon Grants | biometric sensors | Bluetooth | Intel | nurses | Sharp | UCSD Medical Center | Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance | WLSA |
Some Beacon grant money goes to SMS alerts: At least a part of the $220 million in grant monies that make up the Beacon Community program will fund mobile technologies in healthcare. A consortium in California headed up by UCSD Medical Center received some $15.3 million in grant monies to improve its EMR systems so doctors could more easily share information. According to a report from Sign On San Diego, some of the funds will enable patients to have greater access to their medical records online and enable care providers to send patients text messages about laboratory results, medication reminders and alerts regarding checkups that are due. The consortium also includes Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, the San Diego VA Healthcare System, San Diego Naval Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital, the San Diego Council of Community Clinics, the county office of Emergency Medical Services and the San Diego County Medical Society. More
Hospital websites go mobile: Geonetric announced that it has created mobile phone optimized websites for three care provider groups: Southern Regional Health System, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, and Genesis Health System. More Keep reading>>
Tags: ATA | BlackBerry | eCare | FCC | Manhattan Research | mhealth | Oprah iPhone app | Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance |
This week in mobile health news comes a punchy one-liner from an industry thoughtleader: mHealth, think of it as “personal health reform.” That’s the MobiHealthNews quote of the week from health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn.
72 percent: Manhattan Research also disclosed a new industry metric that’s sure to be kicked around for the next year: 72 percent of US physicians currently use smartphones. That’s up from 64 percent last year and 50 percent three years ago. Manhattan said the adoption rate is still set to hit 81 percent come 2012. More here.
Getting goofy: Back to memorable quotes of the week: BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s Director of Healthcare Sheldon Hebert said that BlackBerry wasn’t interested in “goofy” health apps. More thoughts from Hebert on BlackBerry’s mobile health proclivities, including an interesting pitch for a new SIM-optional BlackBerry device. Might compete with the market for Apple iTouch devices in hospitals? More here.
100 Most Influential People: Time Magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential people includes an mHealth pioneer. More. Keep reading>>
Tags: CMS | Connected Health | eCare | eHealth | FCC | Medicaid | Medicare | mhealth | mobile health | Senate | telehealth | telemedicine |
Following the publication of the FCC National Broadband Plan a new term entered the mobile health and connected health industries’ lexicon: “eCare.” The FCC adopted this term to serve as an umbrella concept for “the electronic exchange of information — data, images and video — to aid in the practice of medicine and advanced analytics. Encompasses technologies that enable video consultation, remote monitoring and image transmission (‘store-and-forward’) over fixed or mobile networks.”
Here’s how the FCC defined eCare and related terms:
Of course, the FCC’s use of “eCare” was not an isolated incident. Last week, the Senate held a hearing on aging independently services and technologies and described these devices and services as “eCare” technologies:
“I am of the view that eCare could be a huge step forward in improving the care for older people and lowering costs to Medicare as a government program,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) said. “At the same time… I want to make clear that I am not of the view that everyone ought to be able to run up with a gadget and say, OK, let’s now make this eligible for Medicare reimbursement.” Keep reading>>