Mobiles dirtier than toilets, more mHealth news

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 9, 2010        

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Apple iPads for all Stanford med students: The Stanford University School of Medicine plans to distribute iPads to the forthcoming class of 91 first-year medical school and master’s of medicine students as part of a trial program to integrate the mobile device into academic life. Stanford

Analysis of recent FDA/FCC meeting: Two issues that will have to be resolved here … are distinguishing real medical devices from health related toys, and where an integrated and regulated medical device ends and a less regulated general purpose communications or computer network begins. The commercial health toy arena has a strong element of regulatory avoidance, which might be acceptable with clear and honest marketing, and some way to exclude date from such devices from being confused with actual medical device data. It should also be clear that a medical device performing a critical function cannot operate at the whims of smart phone and internet performance when we have ample demonstration that these systems are not in fact reliable. Medical Connectivity

Survey says: Some mobile phones carry 18 times the bacteria than a public toilet. Time for a washable device? 3G Doctor

Prescription histories via HealthVault: SureScripts and Microsoft are making HealthVault users’ prescription histories available for them to view online. Healthcare IT News

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Wow, that’s a lot of mobile health events

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 5, 2010        

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Brian Dolan, Editor, MobiHealthNewsMore than a few of you may have heard me say this in-person lately, but I think it may be true: The most lucrative sector in mobile health today just might be the events business. Events are literally on top of each other this fall. Here are the ones MobiHealthNews will be attending as well as a few other events of note.

FNIH mHealth Summit: Washington, DC. Given the announcement this week that William Henry “Bill” Gates III will be keynoting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health’s mHealth Summit in November, it’s worth discussing this one upfront. Gates joins media mogul and UN Foundation financier Ted Turner as a keynote speaker of the increasingly prestigious event. MobiHealthNews is proud to be the official media sponsor of the event — we’re also running a concurrent session track. Be sure to let us know if you’re interested. Register here

HIMSS Health Insurers Innovation Forum: Dubai, UAE. This week MobiHealthNews interviewed a true mover and shaker in the mobile health industry, Kenneth Seymens. Seymens is putting together an event in Dubai focused on the Middle East region’s adoption of HIT technology, including mobile health. It happens to be the same day as the FNIH mHealth Summit: November 8. Register here

mHealth Conference & Expo: Dubai, UAE. Speaking of Dubai, MobiHealthNews will be making the trip out in September to attend Clarion Event’s mHealth Conference, which features a number of international mobile operators and care providers. I’ll be chairing part of the event. Register here

2nd Annual International Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit: London, UK. Shortly after the Dubai event, we’ll be heading to London to speak at Informa’s mobile health event, which had a strong UK and European focus last year. The UK’s NHS was well-represented last year and we expect the event to broader its speaker roster for its second annual. Register here

Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance – Wireless Health 2010: San Diego, CA. As many in the wireless health industry know, the WLSA puts on a good event. Their Wireless Health 2010 looks to continue that tradition with an academic and research focused stable of speakers for their October event. Register here

MobiHealthNews Presents: Everywhere Healthcare: San Francisco, CA. We will be once again producing a one-day event at the CTIA Enterprise & Apps conference this fall. Unfortunately, our event falls on the same day as the WLSA conference. Silicon Valley healthcare locals and other wireless industry execs will be joining us for a compelling afternoon of panel discussions and presentation focused on a variety of pressing mHealth issues. Register here (ALL CTIA attendees are welcome to Everywhere Healthcare)

Partners HealthCare’s 2010 Connected Health Symposium: Boston, MA: There’s no place like home for the MobiHealthNews team and Partners HealthCare has always done a fantastic job of bringing the connected health industry to Boston. I’m excited to moderate a panel for the first time at this must-attend event. If you’ll be in town for the event, be sure to drop me a note. Register here

While seemingly exhaustive, this list is just the beginning. I enjoyed speaking at and attending the Healthcare Unbound event in San Diego a few weeks ago and also participating in the World Congress Mobile Health event in Boston last week. There’s still many more upcoming get togethers: Check out our events list to your right for other mobile health-related events this year.

In all likelihood: See you soon.

For mobile health, what’s old is new again

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 5, 2010        

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Kenneth SeymensBack in the 1990s, Kenneth Seymens was the senior manager of Apple’s Medical Informatics Group. Seymens directed an initiative at Apple that developed native Macintosh clients for health IT systems. His team partnered with 120 medical schools to develop the medical apps for Macs, but they soon migrated their efforts over to Apple’s first handheld device, the ill-fated Newton, a personal digital assistant that held great promise for point of care applications.

“Of course, Apple eventually stepped back from the Newton,” Seymens told MobiHealthNews in an interview. “Honestly, it was premature at that time. What we were doing was very disruptive for physician workflow. Compare that to today: Smartphone adoption among healthcare practitioners, including Apple’s iPhone, is extremely strong.”

At Apple, one of Seymens projects included distributing Newtons to public health workers in India — similar to some of the work NGOs are doing in developing markets today. The healthworkers drove around on Vespas to various villages to record health information, Seymens said. That was almost 20 years ago.

“Really, this [mobile health space] hasn’t fundamentally changed all that much,” Seymens said. “Sure, the technology is better and faster. Yes, wireless is going to move it all forward, especially in the developing world because many of those markets don’t have existing infrastructure. No one is laying cable in the desert, for example.” Keep reading>>

Handheld Hospital and more mHealth news

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 4, 2010        

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Examining the Handheld Hospital: Consulting group PSFK penned a report called the Future of Health Report that details 15 trends that will impact health and wellness around the world, including one called “Handheld Hospital,” which examines how handheld devices are transforming the point of care. “It is our hope that this report will inspire your thinking and lead to services, applications and technologies which will allow for more available, quality healthcare,” PSFK explained. More

Tablets in the waiting room: Patients at Duke University Hospital’s cancer clinics can now use tablets to fill out surveys about their health situation. More Competition for Phreesia?

Event coverage: “There’s a bleak future that’s in front of us unless something changes,” Dr. Joe Smith of the West Wireless Health Institute told attendees at the World Congress mHealth event last week. More

iPad adoption: Australian politician invests $500,000 in iPads for hospitals. More

Diabetes management service files 510(k): ALR Technologies (ALRT) filed for a 510(k) clearance with the FDA for its eHealth diabetes management platform. Release

Apple iPads help build hospitals now? More

Only 4% move medical device data to mobiles

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 4, 2010        

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Parks' DM ChartDuring a panel session I moderated last week, Parks Associates Director of Mobile & Health Research Harry Wang shared a number of metrics and industry trends with attendees at the second annual World Congress Mobile Health Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wang began by breaking down the wireless health industry into three specific categories based on the type of wireless technology used: Body Area Networks (BANs), Personal Area Networks (PANs), Local/Wide Area Networks (WANs/PANs). Body Area Network mobile health apps and services make use of short-range wireless technologies and include CardioMEMS, IsisBiopolymer, Toumaz, and MicroCHIPS, according to Wang. Mobile health companies that work in the PAN realms of devices include InRange, Voluntis, Diabetech, LifeWatch and CardioNet, Wang said. Epocrates, iTriage, ADAM, and AllOne Health (no longer in existence), are all examples of companies that leverage LAN or WAN networks, which include mobile operator networks as well as WiFi networks, for mobile health services.

Perhaps the most interesting revelation from Wang’s survey of consumers was the percentage of people who already use medical devices like pulse oximeters or blood glucose meters who actually transfer the device data to their mobile phones. Only 4 percent of the 972 survey respondents said they moved the data to their cell phone.

Wang shared some top-line results from a recent survey that Parks Associates published: 21 percent of smartphone owners polled said they had downloaded a fitness or workout related smartphone app. The survey polled 387 smartphone owners. Here’s how the other apps stacked up in terms of downloads: Keep reading>>

Bill Gates talks mHealth; More mHealth news

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 3, 2010        

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Bill GatesGates to discuss mHealth: Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has agreed to keynote the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health’s second annual mHealth Summit taking place in Washington D.C. this November. Gates will discuss the mobile health opportunity in developing markets. He joins media mogul Ted Turner as a keynote speaker at this increasingly prestigious event. (MobiHealthNews is excited to be the official media sponsor of the mHealth Summit.) Press Release

Continua tells FCC, FDA to include CMS: Continua Health Alliance responds to the FCC – FDA meeting that took place in Washington D.C. last week: Continua executive director Chuck Parker called for the FCC and FDA to expand the inter-agency cooperation to include CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Let’s hope they do. Press Release

Diversinet posts strong Q2: Diversinet, a mobile health-focused company that focuses specifically on secure health applications, announced net income for its second quarter was $5.3 million, up from $1.1 million during the same period last year. Press Release

GlySens eyes human trials: California-based medical device company GlySens and the University of California-San Diego have developed an implantable wireless sensor that they want to begin piloting with humans. Looking for FDA approval. More

In case you missed it: Atul Gawande has a worthwhile piece in the New Yorker Magazine focused on hospice care. New Yorker