AirStrip iPhone app lands U.S. Food & Drug Administration clearance for remote patient monitoring: AirStrip Technologies of San Antonio, Texas received 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market company’s ‘Remote Patient Monitoring’ solutions, including AirStrip RPM Critical Care and AirStrip RPM Cardiology. The RPM products allow virtual real-time monitoring of vital signs, critical waveform data and other clinical parameters, according to the company (PDF). Currently, the mobile applications are available for the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad, and Airstrip is working to develop solutions for other mobile platforms. Hospitals with an HIS/CIS system in place may purchase the AirStrip interface, AirStrip server and individual AirStrip subscriptions, which then allow physicians remote access to patient data via their mobile device.
MedGadget‘s contributors are glad that AirStrip is building a nice portfolio of products for smart phones and other mobile devices. The company is a clear leader in its field, having secured not only the first ever FDA approval for any mobile phone software when it introduced AirStrip Obstetrics for the iPhone, but now the company also holds a host of FDA approvals for other applications.
Bluetooth hearing aid connects to cell phones… and the stereo: Bloomington, Minn.-based ReSound announced the launch of its new ReSound Alera wireless hearing aid, which uses Bluetooth to receive audio from a user’s electronic devices. The company’s Unite accessories connect to sources such as computers, cellphones, or even TVs, and wirelessly transmit audio from these sources to the hearing aid, according to the company.
Digital pen, Blackberry and coded paper combine for clinical data entry: At the U.K.-based Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, clinicians are test-driving a digital Bluetooth-enabled pen system for midwives that works with Blackberry smartphones to record and transmit data entered on specialty paper. This technology looks suspiciously similar to the digital pen system of a company called Shareable Ink that MedGadget covered at last year’s TEDMED.
WellDoc’s mHealth diabetes monitoring system wins FDA clearance: Baltimore, Md.-based WellDoc won FDA clearance for its DiabetesManager system to be used by adults with Type II diabetes in conjunction with their healthcare providers. The system aims to aid patients in adhering to proper diet and lifestyle in between visits to the doctor’s office. The software-based mHealth suite “supports patients and enables healthcare professionals to configure specific parameters and extend their care beyond traditional office visits by utilizing mobile phones and the Internet,” the company said.
A weekly roundup of new developments in wireless medical technology and mHealth, by MedGadget.com.