Tags: George Scriban | Google Health | HealthVault | Microsoft | PHR |
Late last week, Microsoft’s HealthVault platform and personal health data repository, which the company loathes to call a personal health record (PHR), exited from “beta” status. ZDNet broke the news and received an explanation from Microsoft for the removal of the beta tag:
“In order to make the migration out of Beta, Microsoft products need to meet a series of internal compliance requirements across the areas of Accessibility, Interoperability, Security, Privacy, Software Integrity, Geopolitical and Intellectual Property,” Microsoft told ZDNet in an email. “HealthVault made a number of updates, most notably in the area of Accessibility, where the team has placed a tremendous amount of focus over the last two releases, enabling new scenarios in low vision, vision impaired, color blindness, mobility and hearing.”
The company noted, however, that even though HealthVault was out of beta as of August 26th, Microsoft plans to continue to add more features through regularly released new updates. It is a platform after all.
In a recent interview with MobiHealthNews, Microsoft’s Senior Global Strategist for HealthVault, George Scriban explained that connecting wireless health devices to HealthVault was a key strategy for the platform: Keep reading>>
Tags: AT&T | DataSmart | M2M | nPhase | Qualcomm | Sprint | Verizon Wireless | Yankee Group |
“It’s not just about phones anymore,” declared a recent Sprint press release about accelerating healthcare devices and other M2M devices to market. Sprint isn’t the only carrier to see beyond the phone in recent weeks: Verizon Wireless and AT&T have both made similar moves.
A few weeks after Verizon Wireless announced a machine-to-machine (M2M) joint venture with Qualcomm, AT&T opened a device certification lab that will accelerate the entry of “netbooks, eReaders, portable navigation devices, utility products, and healthcare-related tracking devices” into the market.
Yesterday, Sprint announced a multi-year agreement with M2M company DataSmart to help embedded device makers to bring their products to market sooner. As part of the announcement the carrier quoted Yankee Group’s Vice President of Research Steve Hilton: ”The demand for sophisticated M2M applications that provide data transmission is growing. Specifically, the rapid growth in M2M healthcare, energy and fleet services is fueling the need for faster and easier deployment models.” Keep reading>>
Tags: H1N1 | IBM | iPhone | swine flu | wireless healthcare |
“We took all the necessary precautions. Like, we really did. It wasn’t like I was licking the handlebars of the bus or anything,” she said. “I was hand sanitizing. I was being very careful. I don’t know how this happened.”
Such were the sentiments of one frustrated college freshman after she contracted H1N1 during her first few days of being a student at the University of Kansas. As of this past Monday, about 340 students at the school were believed to have H1N1. That’s about 1 percent of the student body. While vaccines for H1N1 are expected to be available on campus by late October, they take about five weeks to become effective. So the school’s strategy in the meantime has been to distribute face masks and a sheet of health tips from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) to students.
Back in April at the American Telemedicine Association’s conference in Las Vegas, IBM’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Bakalar said that a potential swine flu pandemic would be better managed through home health telemonitoring systems. Bakalar said that the management of swine flu is a perfect example of why we need to de-centralize healthcare in some situations. Care needs to be extended beyond the four walls of the hospital or doctor’s office and find a place in the patient’s home, too. Keep reading>>
Tags: CardioNet | CMS | Continua Health Alliance | Diabetes | hypertension | Philips | reimbursement | sleep apnea | wireless remote monitoring |
There has been a highly speculative and questionable rumor floating around that Philips is interested in buying wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet. The company has had a string of bad news lately as Highmark Medicare Services officially reduced reimbursement for the company’s services starting yesterday. CardioNet is also facing class action lawsuits related to the reimbursement cut.
According to Briefing.com (via MSN Money): “Medical supplier CardioNet has seen early strength after chatter that Philips could be interested in the [company] made the rounds.” The site prefaces the rumor with: “While many rumors circulate during the day, and the validity of the source of these rumors can be questionable, the speculation may increase volatility in the stocks in the near term.”
Right now this rumor is about as far-fetched as they come, but we do wonder what kind of an effect an acquisition like this one would have on the larger wireless health industry. CardioNet has announced longterm plans to leverage its existing platform and offer chronic disease management or diagnostic tools for diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and more.
Philips is also quietly driving a lot of innovation in wireless healthcare. For example, the company sits on the board of directors of the Continua Health Alliance. During an interview with Mobihealthnews, Scott Smith, principal at the consulting firm Changeist recently pegged Philips as a key leader in the emerging wireless healthcare industry: Keep reading>>
Tags: GlowCaps | grant | Harvard Pilgrim | medication adherence | MedMinder | Novartis | The Center for Technology and Aging | Vitality |
The Center for Technology and Aging announced a $500,000 grant program for medication optimization, which includes adherence and related issues. The center is offering up to six one-year grants to organizations that propose programs that benefit older adults in California. One or two grants will be made available to those groups with programs in other areas, the center said.
“Programs eligible for grants must use technologies that are ready to be used more broadly. Grantees will be expected to have prior experience with medication optimization technologies and will need to demonstrate a positive and measurable impact in the near term, including reducing the likelihood that older adults will be moved to more intensive, high-cost care settings,” according to the Center’s release. “Most importantly, programs receiving grants will need to propose a strategy for successfully integrating their technology into the fabric of state and national health care delivery and reimbursement systems.”
Medication adherence has been a hot topic for a number of wireless health start-ups and health providers this past year and the two most recent announcements highlight the interest: Keep reading>>
Tags: arrhythmia | CardioNet | eCardio | remote monitoring | wireless health |
Inc. Magazine recognized at least one wireless health-focused company as among the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by revenue. eCardio Diagnostics was ranked the 117th fastest growing company in the U.S. with $21.4 million in revenue for 2008 and three year sales growth of 1,424 percent. eCardio was the 11th fastest growing health-focused company in the country, according to the magazine. eCardio creates technology solutions for the “diagnosis, monitoring and subsequent clinical management of cardiac arrhythmias, predominantly in an ambulatory setting.”
eCardio, which was founded in 2004, sent out a press release with more details of the company’s quick growth: “From 2005 to 2006, eCardio doubled the size of the staff, from 19 to 44 employees and between 2006 and 2007, the company’s ranks doubled again, growing to 99 staff members. Since the beginning of 2009, eCardio has continued this growth trend and currently employs over 300 technicians, customer service representatives, billing and reimbursement specialists, inventory support staff and corporate managers.” Keep reading>>