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…
Nine reasons the iPad falls short for acute care …However, just as the iPhone originally had no clear agenda for the medical community, the iPad may very well factor into medical application developers’ plans. Healthcare providers, analysts, EHR vendors and developers gave MobiHealthNews their first impressions of the iPad’s healthcare opportunity for the acute care environment, home health care and self-care market. Their first impressions are mostly positive, but they did note a number of shortcomings. Here are nine.
FDA clears Corventis for mobile cardiac monitoring The Food & Drug Administration gave West Wireless Health Institute start-up Corventis the green light for its Nuvant mobile cardiac telemetry system. The 510(k) clearance for Nuvant enables Corventis to begin marketing the service in the U.S. (Corventis secured FDA clearance for its PiiX sensor, part of the Nuvant system, last April.) According to the company, it has also secured approval from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for its monitoring facility and is now able to bill for services provided to patients with Medicare.
Diversinet: AllOne offers $3 million break-up fee Diversinet, a developer of secure mobile application platforms, announced that its mobile health partner, AllOne Mobile, filed a legal proceeding that would end the companies’ 2008 licensing agreement. AllOne requested to pay Diversinet $3 million to officially terminate the deal, but Diversinet believes it’s owed a substantially greater amount than that. Diversinet is discussing its options with its legal team, the company said.
Brian Dolan is editor of MobiHealthNews, the emerging wireless health industry’s daily monitor.