Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that mHealthWatch been monitoring in recent days.
In their mid-year report on the state of digital health investments, health IT incubator firm Rock Health reported venture capital investment in digital health companies grew 12% in the first six months of 2013. All told, that’s $849 million in venture capital directed toward a market estimated to be valued at $6.6 billion this year and $20.7 billion by 2018.
Two weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long awaited final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications. As expected, the guidance outlines the FDA’s tailored approach to mobile apps. But the FDA plans to regulate only the apps posing the greatest potential risks to consumers.
According to a weekend report in the Boston Herald, doctors who practice telemedicine in Massachusetts should be licensed by the state. This is particularly pertinent to physicians who diagnose patients who have not been observed in person. The licensing recommendation comes from a lawyer for the Massachusetts Medical Society.
The University of Wisconsin Madison Population Health Sciences Department recently partnered with Survey Analytics to develop a smartphone app for students, faculty and staff that is spreading, shall we say, like the flu itself. The app, fittingly, will be used to track flu activity on campus. This crowdsourcing experiment will allow real-time flu surveillance data to be captured through an app called OutSmart Flu, now available for download through the iTunes and Google Play stores.
Cutting edge mobile technology is doing more than just keeping us entertained and organized. It’s also keep us safe. The team behind Breathometer, Inc., for example, have found success in their commitment to safety. Their innovation is called the Breathometer – the “World’s Smallest Smartphone Breathalyzer.” It’s a portable device that connects to your smartphone and comes with an easy-to-use app that estimates blood alcohol level.
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