GE, Intel and Mayo team up on home monitoring

By: Brian Dolan | Feb 24, 2010        

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Three major consumer and health industry brand names are coming together to launch a telehealth home monitoring project: GE, Intel and the Mayo Clinic. Each organization has a deep bench and history in the health vertical, covering different segments of the market.

2/3 Americans Interested in Home MonitoringWith this project, three industry leaders partner to learn about home health monitoring’s challenges and opportunities in real-life, with real people. The project goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of daily in-home monitoring technology measured in 2 ways: reduced hospital admissions and reduced visits to the emergency room.

For the project, Intel brings its Health Guide into the mix; GE offers a comprehensive portfolio of medical, digital, and bio/clinical products; and, Mayo brings its clinical expertise and, most importantly, patients who are managing chronic diseases. These will be 200 high-risk Mayo Clinic patients served by the Rochester, MN, provider. These patients will monitor vital signs on a daily basis through the Health Guide technology. The platform allows for videoconferencing between the patient at home and the care team back at Mayo to permit patient-provider connectivity.

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TEDMED Video: Medicine’s wireless future

By: Brian Dolan | Feb 24, 2010        

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We attended the TEDMED event this past October in San Diego, because it included a number of speakers discussing wireless health innovations: West Wireless Health Institute’s Dr. Eric Topol, NeuroVigil’s Dr. Phillip Low, Proteus Biomedical’s Andrew Thompson as well as speakers from Intel, Qualcomm and more.

TEDMED’s organizers recently posted a video documenting Dr. Topol’s presentation at the event: Keep reading>>

Current global mHealth opportunity is $50B

By: Brian Dolan | Feb 24, 2010        

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According to recent report from McKinsey & Company, “opportunities” in the global mobile healthcare market are worth about $50 billion in 2010. The consulting firm pegs the US mHealth opportunity at $20 billion, or nearly half the global market. McKinsey estimated the market opportunities after conducting a survey of 3,000 consumers — 500 from each of the following countries: Brazil, USA, Germany, South Africa, India and China.

“A large proportion of the nearly four billion people using mobile phones struggle to gain access to good quality and affordable healthcare, both in emerging markets and more developed societies,” according to the firm’s release. “Mobile healthcare as a sector aims to bridge this divide, by utilizing mobile phone technologies to deliver healthcare (voice, SMS, images, video, connected devices).”

McKinsey had a creative way of determining the market opportunity: It ask the survey respondents questions about four mythical but on the whole feasible mHealth services: Keep reading>>

@HIMSS: Vocera integrates with AirStrip, Epocrates

By: Brian Dolan | Feb 24, 2010        

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Vocera SmartphoneVocera, which offers specially designed smartphones, communications pendants (or badges) and accompanying software for the healthcare industry, announced plans to unveil a “proof of concept” smartphone application for BlackBerry users at the HIMSS event in Atlanta, GA next week. Vocera also notes that its devices and client applications integrate with a number of other mobile health solutions including:

> AeroScout for real-time location-based services
> AirStrip for FDA approved telemetry waveforms
> Epocrates for physician drug guides
> PatientKeeper for physician workflow

Vocera said it will be previewing its proof of concept app for BlackBerry devices at its booth as well as BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion’s booth at the event. We wonder whether RIM’s go-to smartphone pager application partner, Wallace Wireless will also be demoing at the RIM booth — sounds like Vocera’s proof of concept app might be a competitive offering. Keep reading>>

Orange Healthcare joins the mHealth Alliance

By: Elizabeth Ryan | Feb 24, 2010        

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Orange Healthcare Joins mHealth Alliance

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Last week at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on the one-year anniversary of the formation of the mHealth Alliance, Orange Healthcare announced that it had joined the mHealth Alliance. Orange plans to leverage the Alliance’s resources and partners to bring sustainable mobile health projects to scale in West Africa.

A year ago this month the Rockefeller Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation launched the mHealth Alliance. The Vodafone and UN Partnership, in conjunction with groups like the World Health Organization and other NGOs, had been running mHealth programs on the ground in Africa for at least three years prior to founding the mHealth Alliance.

According to the UN Foundation, “The Alliance acts as an umbrella organization to complement, draw together, and expand upon the mHealth initiatives of multiple organizations around the world by creating research, filling gaps, making connections, and forging public-private partnerships in support of innovation and projects that address global health needs.” Today the Alliance also includes the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the GSM Association, and—its newest member— Orange Healthcare, the healthcare division within France Telecom.

Orange offers wireless service in several African countries where it also works with NGOs and health partners to implement innovative mobile health projects such as Mobinil and Orange Botswana. Keep reading>>

Today’s Top 10 Paid iPhone Medical Apps

By: Elizabeth Ryan | Feb 23, 2010        

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Here’s today’s snapshot of the currently most popular, top selling apps in the AppStore’s “medical category” of apps. This list is, for the most part, targeting healthcare professionals much more so than the apps in our last round up. Interesting to note that these are paid apps, while the last one was free, which might provide one explanation. The majority of these apps seem to have been designed with the clinician or medical student in mind — these are apps that can be used as a quick medical reference for health professionals or as a teaching tool for care provider discussing health issues with patients.

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