Mobile health care both intrigues and frightens. The technology can streamline care and make it easier, for example by allowing remote access to health records and instant communications between patients and care-givers. But it also scares privacy advocates who worry that sensitive information might be displayed for all to see, possibly even be used for identity theft.
At Mobile Health Expo 2010 in Las Vegas last week, winning companies either exemplified the benefits of the technology or addressed critics’ concerns. “We are just starting to see the first phase of how mobile health is impacting the relationships between patient, provider and technology,” Wendy Thomas, founder and CEO of Mobile Health Expo, said in a release. “The Mobile Health Expo 2010 Award winners have made meaningful contributions to help medical providers deliver health care and to help patients manage their health leveraging the latest advancements in mobile health technology.”
Ultimately, though, consumers increasingly want mobile health care, as a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey indicated. Anecdotally, one could say the proof is in our own readership–we got lots of hits, and several inquiries, on our post about a Deloitte brief that explained how mobile could help foment American health care reform.
The Mobile Health Expo 2010 Award winners are as follows.
Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Success of Mobile Health: Dr. Thomas Leighton, a professor at MIT, is co-founder of Akamai Technologies; both have been instrumental in creating technologies that allow for mobile health care content delivery, digital clinical trials, and EMRs.
Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Success of Aging in Place using Mobile Health Technology: GrandCare Systems allows the caregiver to remotely and passively monitor a loved-one without compromising dignity or privacy.
Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Success of Management of the Health Care Industry:
Intelligent InSites provides real-time enterprise visibility and automation solutions for the health care industry.
Best Innovation in Mobile Health Technology for Patient Safety: PatientKeeper provides physician information technology that works with hospitals and physicians to help drive efficient operations and a higher standard of patient care.
Best Contribution to the Growth and Success of Medical Content using Mobile Health Technology: Skyscape, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Interactive Holdings, delivers customizable content by specialty to medical professionals directly at point of care.
Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Success of Nursing and Mobile Health Communications: Voalte provides technology solutions for hospital paging systems, nurse calls systems and wireless patient monitoring to improve hospital communications.
Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Success of Disease Management using Mobile Health Technology: WellDoc is a healthcare company that uses technology to improve disease management outcomes and reduce health care costs.
Best Mobile Healthcare Devices (five winners total):
- FitBit makes the FitBit Tracker, which measures the intensity and duration of physical activities via 3D sensors, and synchs with a fitness and nutrition tracking web site.
- CINTERION and healthimo partnered to bring wireless mobile capability to the GlucoMON device and the diabetes education platform.
- Mobisante is building highly portable, affordable, and connected ultrasound systems that are based on a smart phone.
- Motorola has developed the DS6878-HC, a cordless 2D imager that extends the access of critical information to the point-of-care with the highest levels of reliability and performance.
- Philips Respironics and CINTERION partnered to bring wireless mobile capability to a sleep apnea treatment solution.