Apple iPad: The device healthcare has waited for? Apple unveiled a tablet device, which looks like a giant iPhone, called the iPad. While Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team of presenters at Apple’s iPad launch event did’t mention the healthcare vertical as a key market for the iPad, it looks to be just that. The device holds promise as a new point-of-care tool for healthcare workers and as a personal health device for patients…
Four pharma companies test GlowCaps 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.”
FDA greenlights MediSens body area monitoring The FDA approved MediSens Wireless’ wireless body monitoring system, which assesses muscle and neuromotor functions in the upper extremities, for its first round of clinical trials. MediSens’ Clinical Movement Assessment System (CMAS) could be used by health care professionals working in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, orthopedics and physical and occupational therapy.
Startups launch and rumors swirl ahead of CES The International 2010 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week with a flurry of news, but come Saturday a portion of the CE industry’s attention will be focused on connected health devices and services at the Digital Health Summit co-located at the event. Wireless health companies have already begun making news in the New Year, including Wellcore, the Mayo Clinic, GE Healthcare and Intel and Apple.
CardioNet hires financial advisor, mulls sale CardioNet hired Lazard Freres & Co. of New York to evaluate its options, CEO Randy Thurman told investors on a conference call. Analysts believe the move means CardioNet may seriously consider a sale. CardioNet previously hinted it would consider a sale, according to the Wall Street Journal; Jefferies & Co. analyst Joshua Jennings told the newspaper that CardioNet’s move to hire Lazard shows that the previous talk wasn’t just hype.
It’s no secret that wireless technology is in a growth spurt. From WiFi cars on commuter trains to the omnipresent Bluetooth and iPhone devices, as the saying goes, “There’s an app for that.”
The medical industry is no exception. Wireless medical devices are becoming more and more common, with innovations like pacemakers that can send data directly to physicians. GE Healthcare is looking to push the envelope even further, with a vision for wireless medical monitoring systems that would eliminate the rat’s nest of cables that spring up around hospital patients.
Wireless health killed the stethoscope “Medicine is going to be vastly different,” West Wireless Health Institute CMO Eric Topol told attendees at the TEDMED event in San Diego this week. “As a cardiologist for the past 25 years, I can tell you that the stethoscope is dead.” The stethoscope, which was created in 1816, won’t be used by doctors in 2016, Topol said.
Boston Scientific’s Latitude goes mobile Boston Scientific’s concept iPhone app, Latitude Connected, aims to take its Latitude patient monitoring portal mobile.
Cambridge Consultants wants to make sure your glucose monitor and pulse oximeter are on speaking terms.
The Boston-based design and engineering shop introduced its VenaHub device portal, a small, Bluetooth-enabled device that resembles a USB thumb drive, designed to capture data from wireless medical devices and integrate it into a customizable, online portal that can run on almost any computer.
Medtronic seeks wireless health partners Medtronic group president for diabetes and other device franchises Christopher O’Connell sees “potential” in partnering with other companies for wireless health and is already in discussions with a number of undisclosed firms.
In my last post, I reported on the recent inaugural Medical Device Connectivity Conference and Exhibition. While I mentioned the IEC and ISO efforts at creating connectivity standards, it seems that I left out another group that is working on this as well: ASTM.