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The future of medicine is wireless

A couple of weeks ago, the (then interim, now full-fledged) president and CEO of CardioNet, Randy Thurman, declared that the company is

leading what we believe is a revolution in healthcare - wireless medicine. . . . In summary, the convergence of healthcare and information technology is resulting in one of the most important trends for the next twenty years - wireless medicine - and CardioNet is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity over the long term.

(These statements were made in the context of fourth quarter and year-end results--the company reported 65% revenue growth in 2008.)

Is your iPhone a Medical Device? Who knew?!

I came across an interesting item about a recent presentation given by Don Witters from the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), but before I could write about it, I had to answer several questions for myself.  First, I had to figure out what TEPR+ (the name of the event Witters was attending) stood for.  Turns out that TEPR is the acronym for "Toward an Electronic Patient Record" Conference, sponsored by the Medical Records Institute (MRI) (though I learned that here, not from the MRI website). 

More on the smartphone as a mobile health tool

A special report recently released by iHealthBeat states that physicians are adopting smart phone technology faster than other U.S. consumers. "According to Manhattan Research, 54% of U.S.

Mobile Health Conference, Day 2 (Part 1)

My disclaimer of the moment is that I am not very comfortable with live blogging.  But I am going to take a stab at it right now.  The conference's afternoon session is underway, and Mani Pande has just provided us with an overview of innovations in mobile health in the global south.  Paul Meyer, co-founder and president of Voxiva, is talking about how his company approaches the delivery of health information solutions, including data collection and analysis. 

Mobile Health Conference, Day 1

Wow!  With the disclaimer that this may be a biased opinion, I have to say that the first day of our conference on "Reinventing Health Care in a Mobile World" was a great success.  My colleagues, Rachel Maguire and Anthony Townsend, set the context for thinking about how mobility and technology are coming together to form the basis for the future of mobile health.  Miriam Lueck and Jason Tester explained how we created and executed HealthRaising, our month-long immersive experience that used text messaging to promote health-related goals and raise our collective health score.  They then welcomed Eric Holmen (Smart Reply) and Kara Chanasyk (Stanford's Persuasive Technology Lab) to the stage for a discussion about how people respond to this type of mobile persuasion. 

Yet more on mobile health

Okay, okay.  I confess that I have mobile health on my brain.  But I swear I didn't seek out this item.  I was simply visiting one of my regular blog sources--"Technology, Health & Development: Finding global health solutions through innovation and technology"--and came across this entry about new mobile phone medical apps.  One is a low-cost (less than $100) electrocardiogram (ECG) machine that would use cell phones to transmit data to a computer where it can be analyzed and reviewed by a doctor.  Another is a tumor-imaging application.

Mobile Health is a hot topic in the press (and at IFTF!)

Last month, IFTF Research Affiliate Richard Adler blogged here about a Wall Street Journal article that discussed tools that help patients interact with doctors.  Richard specifically mentioned a mobile device called Zuri; the article also discussed an in-home device from Intel called Health Guide.  According to Intel, Health Guide, which has received FDA market clearance,

can connect to specific models of wired and wireless medical devices, including blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters and weight scales. [It] stores and
displays the collected information on a touch screen and sends to a secure host server, where health care professionals can review the information. Patients using the Health Guide can monitor their health status, communicate with care teams and learn about their medical conditions.

The article also mentions that Microsoft's HealthVault can also integrate data from about 50 devices, such as heart rate monitors and blood pressure machines.

Mobile weight loss pilot in Japan

Yesterday, Rod Falcon and I met with Dr. Atsushi Ito from the KDDI R&D Laboratories (KDDI is the #2 mobile carrier in Japan).  He told us about a pilot that his lab ran designed to support weight loss among company employees.  This is an important application since the Japanese government is requiring companies to work with overweight employees to lose weight (or be fined).  The second version of the pilot will be launched later this year with a larger group of employees.

Wall St Journal: Tools Help Patients Interface With Doctors

[Richard Adler, who posted the following, is an IFTF Research Affiliate. 
His relationship with Zume is completely independent of his work for
IFTF, and this post in no way reflects an endorsement on IFTF's part of
Zume.  We do, however, think that the Zuri is a great example of a new
breed of mobile health products, which we will be discussing at our conference on "Reinventing Health Care in a Mobile World."]

An article in the August 19th Wall Street Journal discusses new devices that remind patients to take their medications and track compliance.

Open Health and a health-related application for the iPhone

The innovation technology lab inSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters) has issued a call to developers willing to volunteer their time to build an SMS GeoChat application for the iPhone that emergency responders and aid workers will be able to communicate their exact location; message recipients will be able to view the sender’s location in Google Earth, Google Maps, Live Earth, etc.

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