Tags: AT&T | deals | GlowCaps | medication adherence | pharmaceutical companies | Vitality |
Vitality, developer of medication adherence device GlowCap, announced during a 2009 company wrap-up video that “four of the top pharmaceuticals companies have committed to distribute their medications for hypertension, transplants and diabetes in GlowCaps.”
Vitality’s GlowCap offering is a medication reminder and compliance service: GlowCaps fit the standard pill container top as a lid that uses short-range wireless technology to monitor when a pillbox is open and when it isn’t. It uses a close-range wireless signal to connect to a gateway hub, which looks like and functions as a nightlight but includes the guts of a mobile phone. That repackaged mobile phone technology runs on AT&T’s network.
Vitality noted that during 2009 it ran clinical trials with both Duke University and Harvard University in order to gather data on how well GlowCaps works. The studies showed that GlowCaps users were compliant to their medication regimens more than 90 percent of the time, according to the company.
In 2009 the company also filed a couple of patents, including one for a button underneath the GlowCaps lid that calls the patient’s pharmacy when pushed. The video’s narrator described the button as “OnStar for your pills.”
Be sure to watch the full 2009 update from Vitality in the video clip below: Keep reading>>
Tags: body temperature | Japan | Nikkei | WIN Human Recorder | wireless body area networks | wireless ECG | wireless medical sensors |
Wearable Information Networks (WIN) Human Recorder, a Japanese startup, just brought a wireless ECG sensor service to market, according to a report in Japanese news portal Nikkei. WIN’s Human Recorder system collects data from a lightweight wireless sensor attached to the user’s chest that transmits data wirelessly to a mobile phone or PC.
The Human Recorder system is capable of measuring ECG signals, heart rate, brain waves, accelerated velocity, body temperature, respiration, pulse wave and more.
For its first product however, WIN Human Recorder released a device called HRS-I, which tracks electrocardiographic signals, body surface temperature and activity levels (three axis accelerometer).
The company says the device can run for three to four days with a simple button battery. HRS-I is intended for use by health monitoring service providers. The startup said the service fee will be around $111 a month and the device itself will cost about $333 to purchase.
For more, read this report from DVICE
Tags: Haiti earthquake | iPhone | iPhone medical apps | wound care management |
An NBC affiliate in Miami, Florida has a report about an American film producer, Dan Woolley, who was trapped in the ruins of a hotel in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti during last week’s earthquake. Woolley used the light from his digital camera to examine his broken foot and head wound. He then used a medical application on his iPhone to look up how to dress his wounds, which included a broken foot and a head wound, according to the report. Woolley said that during the 65 hours that he spent in the ruined hotel’s elevator shaft, he also looked up symptoms for shock using his iPhone medical app. Woolley told his story to NBC in the video clip below: Keep reading>>
Tags: BlackBerry | Center for Connected Health | ChangeWave Research | eMarketer | iPhone | iPhone health apps | iPhone medical apps | Partners Healthcare |
Rob Havasy, a business analyst at the Boston-based Center for Connected Health, which is a part of the Partners Healthcare group, penned a thoughtful column on the state of the mHealth market. Havasy’s central point is that mobile health solutions need to be “meaningful” and “available” to all patients. That’s certainly an ideal wireless health service providers should be working towards.
Havasy argues that while devices are in the market and services are on the way, mobile health technology has yet to achieve an ease of use that opens it up to the majority of users. He points to a statistic that states less than 3 percent of the U.S.’s 276 million wireless subscribers use iPhones. What Havasy fails to mention, though, is that the iPhone is not the only smartphone available or in use in the US today. It’s certainly not the only smartphone platform offering health or medical apps. According to one research company’s longitudinal surveys, about 42 percent of Americans owned smartphones in December 2009. That stat comes from a recently released ChangeWave Research study that is based on more than 4,000 surveys conducted in early December of last year. Keep reading>>
Tags: CardioBip | ECG | Mayo Clinic | NewCardio | pedometers | VARs | wireless remote monitoring |
BBC covers text message reminders for epilepsy patients: The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), has begun offering a new service to help patients remember to take their meds through text message reminders. More
Patent for handheld ECG: NewCardio secured a U.S. patent for 12-lead handheld ECG monitoring device, CardioBip: “Patients can carry the CardioBip with them and use it to generate and transmit synthesized, accurate 12-lead ECGs at physician prescribed intervals of time, during ordinary daily activity or when symptoms develop. What makes CardioBip unique is its extreme ease of use, combined with the ability to generate recordings substantially equivalent in quality with standard 12-lead ECGs. The CardioBip works without any cables, cumbersome leads, wires or inconvenient skin electrodes, as the device’s electrodes are integrated, offering potential compatibility with popular hand-held PDA platforms.” More
Mayo Clinic to remotely monitor “medical miracle” runner: This from an article in the New York Times: About 12 years ago, Diane Van Deren underwent brain surgery to find relief from debilitating epileptic seizures. Following the surgery, however, Van Deren has become one of the world’s top endurance runners. Mayo Clinic plans to remotely monitor Van Deren on an upcoming endurance challenge down a mountain in South America to see how her body and mind can accomplish such feats in records times. More Keep reading>>
Tags: AccuWeather | allergies | arthritis | asthma | iPhone health apps | migraines | sinus problems | WeatherMD |
Here’s an interesting twist for a smartphone application offering from a big brand: AccuWeather announced today the release of an iPhone application called WeatherMD, which helps users predict when symptoms their various medical conditions might be at their worst during the day because of weather. The app targets users with arthritis, asthma, migraines, allergies and sinus problems. WeatherMD, however, is not just intended for use by those with top of mind medical ailments, however, it also provides fitness enthusiasts with suggestions for different kinds of exercise based on the week’s weather conditions.
WeatherMD is also GPS-enabled so it displays “highly visual” weather maps, according to the company, based on where the user is currently located. The maps can display concentrations of pollen from grass, weed, tree and other allergens for the next two days. It costs $3.99 in the iTunes AppStore.