Tags: Ben Rubin | personal sleep coach | sleep coach | sleep therapy | Zeo |
In the fall of 2003, during an introductory psychology class at Brown University, a group of students learned that when an alarm clocks wakes you up during the wrong sleep stage, you wake up feeling groggy. If the alarm clock happens to wake you during the right sleep stage, however, you awake feeling refreshed.
“It is a very powerful idea,” Zeo co-founder and chief technology officer Ben Rubin told MobiHealthNews during a recent interview. “College students wake up feeling horrible everyday and the opportunity of waking up feeling refreshed everyday is one that has a lot of appeal to it from a consumer perspective. So, after that class a group of us got together around a kitchen table wondering how we could make this work.”
Zeo co-founders Jason Donahue, Ben Rubin and Eric Shashoua and half a dozen others brainstormed ways to find a way to wake someone up feeling refreshed. The group first wondered whether they could predict which sleep stage the sleeper was in based on a timer — based on what time they fell asleep. After consulting the research, however, they quickly realized that the alarm clock would have to know which sleep phase the person’s brain was in and they set about interviewing sleep scientists at Brown and Harvard to see if it was possible. Keep reading>>
Tags: clinical trials | Don Casey | FCC | FDA | mhealth | reimbursement | West Wireless Health Institute | wireless health | wireless health regulation |
This week MobiHealthNews had a chance to discuss wireless health trends and activities at the West Wireless Health Institute with the Institute’s new CEO Don Casey. We asked Casey to list five things the WWHI will accomplish in 2010, to point to some of the key challenges facing the wireless health industry and more.
MobiHealthNews: Name five things the WWHI will accomplish this year.
Casey: 1) We now have our management staff in place following my recent hire and Mitul Shah, but also in a few weeks will be announcing a really exciting new addition to the team around the Chief Medical Officer. A real world class hire.
2) You have heard about our Corventis clinical trial, but we will also complete a number of other clinicals over the course of this year.
3) By the end of this year we will announce 10 new partnership agreements with major players in this space. Obviously, I can’t name names but think about the large medical device makers and telecoms interested in mHealth. We can serve them in a unique role as a not-for-profit. We can put them in a position where they can look at collaboration in a different way. We are pushing very hard on these collaborative agreements. Keep reading>>
Tags: CDC | CTIA | maternal health | SMS | text messaging | Text4Baby | Voxiva | White House |
Newly launched mHealth service Text4Baby just announced that they now have more than 22,000 registered users for the service, which White House CTO Aneesh Chopra officially launched last month: “We are excited to report that we now have 22,327 text4baby registrants, and a total of 537,087 messages have been sent to text4baby users!”
Text4Baby is a free public health service that aims to provide timely and expert health information through SMS text messages to pregnant women and new moms through their babies’ first year.
Text4Baby, which was launched by a consortium of the White House, CDC, Voxiva, Johnson & Johnson, MTV, CTIA, Healthy Mothers Health Babies Coalition and many more, has also added new partners at a fast clip since its launch. Just this past week the service added the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, San Diego Coalition (co-chaired by San Diego Medical Society Foundation and Alliance Healthcare Foundation), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Vanguard Health Systems to its growing roster of partner organizations.
Text4Baby also provided a state-by-state breakdown of its registered users, which we have posted below: Keep reading>>
Tags: asthma iPhone apps | AsthmaMD | FCC | iPhone medical app | National Broadband Plan | UCSF Medical School |
While few mobile health companies or services are specifically named within the FCC’s 360-page National Broadband Plan, which it published this morning, one “newly released” smartphone application received high praise from the agency as a “glimpse” of the potential equipping consumers with health data can have on health outcomes.
According to AsthmaMD’s website, medical doctor and researcher Sam Pejham, a clinical faculty member at UCSF Medical School and Director of Tri-Valley Pediatrics, created the free iPhone app, which launched earlier this year. Users can also opt-in to share their data with doctors and researchers anonymously so that the medical community may better understand the disease. Here’s the FCC’s take on AsthmaMD:
AsthmaMD: A Case Study in the Power of Consumer Health Data
A newly released smartphone application offers a glimpse of the potential when consumers enter even a small amount of data. AsthmaMD helps patients manage their asthma by inputting a number of parameters, including current medications, and attack timing and severity. Users can opt to share their data anonymously with the service. The data are aggregated and analyzed with the aim of better understanding the disease, as well as providing specific personalized solutions for the consumer. For example, the application can help users better understand the effectiveness of different medications for asthma management and offer insights into specific triggers for that individual’s attacks (e.g., pollen, dust, exercise). The application also can track the consumer’s precise location and the timing of their asthma activity, which can be correlated with local pollutant count, adverse weather changes and different types of pollutants. In addition, it can alert users with higher risks of an attack in real time if it detects users with a similar asthma history reporting asthma issues. Ultimately it could send live Twitter streams showing geographic areas with asthma flare-ups in real time.
Visit the FCC’s site for more from the healthcare chapter in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan (PDF)
Tags: FCC | FDA | iPhone medical apps | national broadband policy | regulation | smartphone medical apps | wireless health | wireless sensors |
Within the healthcare chapter of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which the agency published this morning, the FCC recommended that it work together with the FDA to clarify regulatory requirements and the approval processes for converged communications and health care devices. The FCC specifically pointed to mobile health apps, smartphone remote monitoring apps, point of care diagnostic smartphone apps and wearable, wireless biometric sensors as examples of the products in need of regulatory clarification.
The FCC noted that while it has solely regulated general purpose devices like smartphones, videoconferencing equipment and wireless routers, the FDA has had sole regulation over life-critical wireless devices like remotely controlled drug release mechanisms. The FCC wrote that the two agencies should work together because emerging connected health devices pose a challenge to the legacy regulatory structure.
Read on for the relevant excerpt from the FCC’s National Broadband Policy: Keep reading>>