Tags: Adam Bosworth | Apple | Google Health | iPhone | Keas | smartphone health apps |
At the mHI event in Washington D.C. last week, Keas CEO and former Google Health head Adam Bosworth gave attendees an update on his startup’s progress and hinted that more mobile functionality will be added to the online care plan service as soon as this week. Bosworth said he decided to present at the event last minute and that he was really in town to meet with the HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to discuss the strategy behind and distribution of federal stimulus money for the heathcare industry.
Keas, which launched last October, offers various personalized care plans for consumers interested in leveraging their personal health data to make healthier decisions. Keas takes the Apple AppStore approach: People with medical expertise create care plans for Keas which then makes them available to consumers. When consumers buy a care plan, Keas takes a 30 percent cut of the revenue and passes the rest onto the plan’s designers. (Interestingly, Keas is not currently allowing licensed medial practitioners to create care plans.)
Bosworth said that Keas users will be able to track their health behaviors, biometrics and receive updates and reminders by using text messages (SMS) in the coming week. While the company has developed an iPhone application for Keas in-house, Bosworth said he’s not impressed enough to launch it. The prototype app sounds more like an icon on the iPhone user’s screen that links to Keas’ website.
“We have a little web-based app that I have been playing around with on my iPhone,” Bosworth said. “I am not in love with it… We need to rethink [Keas] in this form factor. Plus, [the iPhone is] very elitist.”
Bosworth admitted that he’s not sure he wants to interact with Keas on the web via a mobile devices, and that’s one reason Keas will create a native app and include an open API so developers can build connections and create a better mobile experience for users.
“If someone came along and built [a Keas iPhone app] we would be delighted,” Bosworth said. “It may not be us.” Keep reading>>
Tags: Apple | Epocrates | iPads | iPhone | iPhone medical applications | physicians |
Epocrates, one of the top selling medical smartphone applications, recently published results from a survey of its physician users that found about 20 percent of them, or one in five plan to buy an Apple iPad when the device hits store shelves. Epocrates also announced it will create a special version of its app for the iPad.
The survey found that 9 percent of survey respondents plan to buy the iPad when it was immediately available; another 13 percent plan to buy it within the year; 38 percent of respondents are interested in the iPad but want more information about it before they commit to a decision.
Epocrates noted in a press release that of its more than 900,000 clinician users some 275,000 clinicians use Epocrates (Correction: This includes online users, too) or on their smartphones, including iPhone, BlackBerry and Palm devices. Read more from the release here.
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Tags: Anson Group | Bradley Merrill Thomson | EpsteinBeckerGreen | FDA | medical devices | MedTech | mHealth regulation | wireless health regulation |
Strategies for mHealth Companies Wishing to Avoid FDA Regulation
By Bradley Merrill Thompson
(I would like to thank Leah Kendall of EpsteinBeckerGreen and Dane Stout of the Anson Group for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to anyone else.)
Most people know the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance is the lawful planning of such things as charitable contributions to minimize taxes, while tax evasion is the unlawful and usually deceitful actions taken to hide income. In this article, I will share some tips for the avoidance of FDA regulation, not the evasion of FDA regulation.
This article is the fifth in a series of seven planned articles. The first three articles dealt with understanding the scope and nature of FDA regulation for mHealth, and the fourth article advanced the notion that IT companies wanting to make money in health ought to consider entering the FDA-regulated zone. Nonetheless, subjecting your company to FDA regulation is not for everyone, so this article is designed to help those who have decided to stay out of the production of FDA-regulated finished medical devices. In particular, I explain four ways to connect to health markets, and the pluses and minuses of each such approach.
The Binary Misunderstanding Keep reading>>
Tags: blood pressure | chronic disease management | Google Nexus One | IMEC | iPhone | Philips | Philometron | sleep apnea | SunCrest Healthcare | telehealth | Verizon Wireless | West Wireless Health Institute | wireless sensors |
Wireless sensors for sleep apnea, caloric intake: At a recent event in San Diego, The West Wireless Health Institute’s Mehran Mehregany told attendees that soon smartphones like the iPhone or Google’s Nexus One would record snoring to detect sleep apnea, use barcodes on food packages to track calories, and use inertial sensors to track activity and caloric expenditure. Philometron CEO Darrel Drinan demo’d two wireless sensors for attendees: One that detects atrial fibrillation and another that measures caloric intake and expenditure. More
CNN rounds up “tattle tale” medication reminder devices and services. More
Newsweek asked four leading cardiologists to weigh in on how best to combat heart disease: Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Medical Officer at the West Wireless Health Institute: “I think the point has been well made that there’s been progress. But I think it’s worth emphasizing that heart disease is still the leading cause of death and disability. Beyond the things that have already been cited, part of the problem is we’re not able to characterize things very well for prevention. For example, [high] blood pressure, which is notoriously underdiagnosed and inadequately managed—we rely on spot blood-pressure checks rather than continuous assessment, which is now possible in the era of wireless medicine. That’s something we can do a much better job on.” More Keep reading>>
Tags: Center for Connected Health | Google Health | HealthVault | mHealth adoption | Microsoft | physicians | wireless health adoption |
It’s a simple question: Do mobile health tools require a doctor’s prescription? Or will the main driver for mHealth services bubble up from consumers and patients largely without care providers weighing in?
Throughout the keynote sessions at the mHealth Initiative’s event in Washington D.C. this week, the focus was squarely on care providers’ adoption of mobile technologies, their integration to EMRs and the opportunity that subsequently created for patients and consumers. While yesterday’s morning keynote presentations mentioned patients’ self-directed interest in mHealth, it was more in passing, as an after thought or as a consequence of physicians’ adoption.
Rob Havasy, an mHI event attendee and business analyst at the Center for Connected Health in Boston reacted to the focus on providers with a succinct message to his Twitter followers: “When providers adopt consumers will engage.” That message was also apparent in his recent blog post on the larger mHealth opportunity a few weeks ago (revisit it here).
During lunch another attendee agreed that it needs to start with care providers — the lackluster adoption of PHRs, like those offered by Google Health and Microsoft’s HealthVault, demonstrate that most consumers aren’t likely to quickly adopt connected health solutions. These online platforms are most useful when used in conjunction with connected health devices that can populate them with personal health information. Care providers need to educate patients about these devices and services. Keep reading>>