Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) News Roundup

Virtualization, EHR-Linked Devices, Mobile to Lead Healthcare IT in 2011 As we move into 2011, the Obama administration’s meaningful-use requirements governing health care IT and EHRs (electronic health records) will continue to influence how health care companies adopt technology to improve patient care. In 2010, companies began to purchase EHR applications, but in the coming …   Read More

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Virtualization, EHR-Linked Devices, Mobile to Lead Healthcare IT in 2011

As we move into 2011, the Obama administration’s meaningful-use requirements governing health care IT and EHRs (electronic health records) will continue to influence how health care companies adopt technology to improve patient care.

In 2010, companies began to purchase EHR applications, but in the coming year health care companies will enter an adoption phase for EHR or EMR (electronic medical record) applications, predicts IDC in an upcoming report.  “While purchasing and selection will continue for many providers, early adopters will begin to struggle with the challenges of implementation and adoption of EMRs in 2011,” wrote IDC analysts Judy Hanover and Lynne A. Dunbrack.

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Three Key Questions for FDA mHealth Regulation

The mHealth Regulatory Coalition (MRC) recently released “A Call for Clarity: Open Questions on the Scope of FDA Regulation of mHealth,” which is a 60-page paper that focuses on two fundamental questions: (1) what mHealth hardware and software will FDA regulate and (2) if a product is regulated, to what degree? The Coalition tackles these questions because, quite simply, the answers are fundamental to the business planning process. Companies as well as investors need answers as soon as possible to continue innovation.

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mHealth: Mobile Technology Bring Healthcare Home

Nativo Mira Esplugues has had knee replacement surgery.  Instead of having to go to the hospital on a daily basis for physiotherapy, he is doing it at home, using a remote monitoring terminal that works using mobile phone technology.  The technology has been developed by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica.

An ageing – and expanding – population is presenting health care providers and governments with a budgetary crisis. In Europe around 7% of GDP is spent on healthcare, and in the US that figure rises to 15%.  Telecoms companies are also facing challenging times, with traditional markets reaching saturation, forcing them to explore other revenue streams. Vodafone, Orange, AT&T Wireless, Turkey’s Avea, and Japan’s NTT DoCoMo are all investing in mobile healthcare.

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mHealth FDA Regulation Popular Theme of Digital Health Summit at CES

Mobile technology has changed the way we live our lives. Going beyond business productivity, mobile devices have become the preferred way for consumers to manage everything from their finances to personal health, with the latter being the fastest growing corner of the category.

The Digital Health Summit at the 2011 International CES will bring together well known mobile players and experts, to explore this as well as other mobile trends in digital health, including state of the wireless health industry, the future of connected wellness, and THE hot topic of the moment, the FDA’s regulation of mobile health (m-health).

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How Smartphones Could Lead the Digital Healthcare Revolution

To start with, mHealth is bio-sensors we’ll wear. Nothing obvious, necessarily. These bio-sensors could be built into stuff you already wear — eye glasses, belt buckles, hats, watches, bras, clothing, shoes, jewelry, whatever.

These bio-sensors will constantly measure and track particular bio-medical conditions such as temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, weight, breathing, blood sugar, brain waves, et al, or perhaps a sensor surgically implanted, such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). There also may be sensors to sense for dangerous conditions such as carbon monoxide or allergens.

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