Tags: arrhythmia | CardioNet | CMS | Corventis | FDA | LifeWatch | MCOT | mobile cardiac telemetry | reimbursement | West Wireless Health Institute | wireless sensors |
Big news for the first startup shepherded by the West Wireless Health Institute: The FDA has greenlit Corventis’ Nuvant system, a mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. — Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor (pictured), which is a part of the Nuvant system — last April. According to the company, it has also secured approval from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) for its monitoring facility and is now able to bill for services provided to patients with Medicare.
The Nuvant services look to fall under the same billing code for mobile cardiac telemetry as CardioNet’s MCOT system and LifeWatch’s MCOT system. Reimbursement for mobile cardiac telemetry services took a blow last year when CMS decreased the reimbursement rate for the services by about 33 percent: From $1123 to $754.
The most obvious difference between the solutions listed above is device form factor: Keep reading>>
Tags: 2010 predictions | FDA | iPhone health apps | iPhone medical apps | Johnson & Johnson | LifeScan | wireless health regulation |
Chilmark Research’s John Moore set about reading the tea leaves on 2010 a few weeks into this already busy year, and came up with a list of top ten trends to for healthcare IT. Smartphone medical and health apps made it onto the trend list at number five:
“Second Gen mHealth Apps Enter Market – Melding of Smartphones and Devices Remains Nascent: With literally thousands of mHealth apps now available, most of them crappy one dimensional apps, we will begin seeing more sophisticated mHealth apps enter the market. These apps will also command a price, but their value will easily justify the purchase for many consumers. In 2009 there was also a lot of buzz around the melding of med devices and smartphones, (remember the iPhone 3GS intro with J&J onstage demo’ing Lifescan). That buzz faded rapidly when FDA showed up to inquire about compliance. FDA approval requirements/process (and aforementioned strengthening of enforcement by this administration) will limit introduction and thus proliferation of new innovative devices hinged to a smartphone.” Keep reading>>
Tags: Alcon | intelligent medicine | medication adherence | Novartis | pharmaceutical | Proteus Biomedical | venture capital |
According to a report in the Economist, pharmaceuticals company Novartis’ $24 million investment in intelligent medicine startup Proteus Biomedical may be just as important in the long run as Novartis’ $50 billion takeover of eye-care firm, Alcon. Proteus Biomedical’s venture capital round actually brought in $25.4 million, which makes us wonder if the difference came from an additional pharmaceuticals company investor. In April we noted that two major drug companies were set to trial Proteus Biomedical’s technology.
(While note precisely related to the Proteus-Novartis deal, the Economist report also includes a metric from research from Kalorama, which predicts that sales of wireless health services will leap from $4.3 billion last year to $9.6 billion by 2012.) Keep reading>>
Tags: Emergin | Huntington Hospital | iPhone | iPhone medical apps | Sarasota Memorial Hospital | text messaging | Voalte |
Huntingon Hospital has inked a deal with Sarasota, Florida-based startup Voalte, to equip its nurses and other point of care workers with iPhones that leverage Voalte’s voice, alarm, text message communication platform. Voalté (its name comes from Voice, Alarm, Text) enables healthcare workers to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and receive critical care alarms all through their iPhones, which the company says helps to provide faster response times to patients’ needs.
“Our nurses were carrying hospital provided pagers, wireless phones, separate pagers designed to alert them of critical patient alarms,” Ron Rutherford RN, Huntington’s director of informatics stated in a press release. ”There were too many bells and beeps requiring attention, not to mention their pockets were literally overflowing with electronic devices.”
The deal is the first Voalte has announced since completing a pilot program for the communications platform at Sarasota Memorial hospital. Keep reading>>
Tags: Allscripts Remote Access | Care360 Mobile | Epic Systems | iPhone | iPhone medical apps | iSupra EMR | mobile EHR apps | mobile EMR | Quest Diagnostics | SmartEMR |
MobiHealthNews broke the news last week that the mobile EHR product that came out of Apple’s pilot with EMR vendor Epic Systems was an iPhone app called Haiku, but Haiku was not the first EMR to grant iPhone and iPod touch users remote access. Epic aside, a number of EMR vendors launched iPhone apps for their clinicians during the past year — what follows is a list of 11 EMR systems that have gone mobile for the iPhone.
A note on the apps’ descriptions: The content is from the company that made the app — this is how they describe their offering. Also, the pricetag was pulled from Apple’s AppStore, but most of the “Free” apps are actually only free to those users who already have accounts with the EMR vendor. Many of the “free” offerings actually require monthly subscriptions for the ongoing service.
As one might expect, the applications’ in the following slideshow have a wide range in quality of design and seriousness: One systems vendor featured the character Hans Solo (played by Harrison Ford) from the Star Wars movies as the example patient. Other apps look more like experiments judging by their lack of design. There were a few standouts, however, and those should be obvious to any one who scrolls through the screen shots and descriptions of the iPhone EMR apps in the slideshow to follow. Keep reading>>