Health reform’s fleeting mHealth mention A proposal for states to support the use of wireless health technology for chronic disease management didn’t make it through the reconciliation process and into the healthcare reform act: “A proposal for use of health information technology in providing health home services under this section and improving service delivery and coordination across the care continuum (including the use of wireless patient technology to improve coordination and management of care and patient adherence to recommendations made by their provider).”
Vitality taps Telit for GlowCap connectivity Although Vitality, the maker of GlowCaps, announced this week that it had inked a deal with AT&T to provide cellular connectivity for its medication adherence service, the real news is that Vitality tapped Telit for its embedded wireless module. The prescription pill bottles illuminate, play a melody and even ring a home phone to remind patients to take their medications. GlowCaps are also able to send weekly emails to remote caregivers, create accountability with doctors through an adherence report, and automatically refill prescriptions.
Zeo unveils iPhone app Personal sleep coach device maker Zeo unveils its first iPhone app, myZeo, slated to go live on the iPhone AppStore later this year. The app will allow users to create a personal “score” analyzing their sleep patterns and create graphs and reports denoting changes to their sleep states during the night.
Ericsson: mHealth needs interoperability to scale Open standards and interoperability are key to mobile health offerings scaling in developing markets, according to Ericsson’s head of sustainability and corporate responsibility, Elaine Weidman.
Brian Dolan is editor of MobiHealthNews, the emerging wireless health industry’s daily monitor.