How sleep startup Zeo started counting Zs: When an alarm clocks wakes you up during the wrong sleep stage, you wake up feeling groggy. If the alarm clock happens to wake you during the right sleep stage, however, you awake feeling refreshed. Zeo co-founder and chief technology officer Ben Rubin cites that “powerful idea” as the genesis of Zeo’s “smart alarm clock,” which monitors sleep patterns and helps users wake up at optimal times.
Report: mHealth posted $1.5 billion in 2009 revenues: CSMG estimates that the mHealth market posted $1.5 billion in revenue for 2009, including "fixed telemedicine solutions," and is on track to reach the $4.6 billion mark by 2014. CSMG believes mHealth will grow at a 25 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years, but if certain healthcare reforms — such as pay-for-performance — become standard, mHealth adoption could accelerate beyond that.
FCC to CMS: Reimburse for mHealth: The Federal Communication Commission has a few suggestions for how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Servicescan help mHealth services get to market quicker. The mHealth business model is one of the biggest hang-ups for wireless health, especially because reimbursement has been slow to come for many wireless health services. The FCC’s 360-page National Broadband Plan has a few ideas about that.
Sneak peek: West Wireless Health’s 2010 plans: Five things the West Wireless Health Institute will look to accomplish in 2010 and the top challenges for wireless health, according to WWHI’s new head honcho Don Casey.
Brian Dolan is editor of MobiHealthNews, the emerging wireless health industry’s daily monitor.