HHS: $15 million for health IT “iTunes” project: HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology awarded Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital a $15 million grant for a four-year research project to "investigate, evaluate, and prototype approaches to achieving an ‘iPhone-like’ health information technology platform model." The grant came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as part of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program, which was set up to address "key challenges in adoption and meaningful use of health IT." The Boston researchers were one of four groups to receive a $15 million SHARP grant.
Verizon Wireless health platform: BL Healthcare: Verizon Wireless announced an “initiative” with BL Healthcare, a number of customers and third-party providers to jointly trial next-generation solutions for the delivery of remote healthcare applications and services to patients. The trial aims to provide a unique approach for addressing issues associated with access to quality healthcare and rising healthcare costs. The wireless carrier notes that BL Healthcare will become an “ecosystem developer” for Verizon Wireless.
Bayer, Nintendo bring glucose meter integration to the U.S.: Bayer is bringing the Nintendo DS-enabled blood glucose meter, Didget, to the U.S. next month, according to a report in BusinessWeek. Inventor and entrepreneur Paul Wessel wanted his diabetic 4-year-old son, Luke, to stop hiding his glucose meter, so he found a way to pair one of Luke’s treasured possessions, his Nintendo DS, with his least favorite. German healthcare company Bayer purchased Wessel’s idea for a Nintendo DS game paired with a glucose meter and branded it Didget last year.
mHealth: The mass customization of healthcare: The Economist takes the pulse of wireless healthcare with an article titled “Wireless health care: When your carpet calls your doctor.” (The reference is to the sensor-laced “magic carpet” that Intel invested in for fall prevention among the elderly.) “Pundits have long predicted that advances in genetics will usher in a golden age of individually tailored therapies. But in fact it is much lower-tech wireless devices and internet-based health software that are precipitating the mass customization of health care, and creating entirely new business models in the process. … Doctors and nurses are not always on hand to encourage healthy behaviour, but mobile phones and other wireless gadgets can be. That is something that even personalized genetic therapies could not offer.”
Brian Dolan is editor of MobiHealthNews, the emerging wireless health industry’s daily monitor.