News & Updates
mDhil, a health care information provider, received the Innovation Karnataka Award from Google. The award recognized companies using the Internet to make a positive difference in addressing a social, economic or community challenge in India.
Electronic device maker Jawbone introduced the Android app for it’s UP fitness bracelet. Previously limited to iOS users only, the wrist-based device measures steps taken and sleep patterns, and inputs the data into an accompanying app.
QPID, an EHR intelligence platform, raised $4M in early financing round. Key investors include Matrix Partners, Partners Innovation Fund, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) and Cardinal Partners.
Withings, a wireless health care product maker, debuted a smart scale called Smart Body Analyzer. This scale is capable of measuring heart rate and air quality, the data is sent to an app which provides a detailed and precise history of past weigh-ins.
Medical software developer, Meditab Software was named Top EHR Vendor Ambulatory Allergy & Immunology for 2013 by Black Book Rankings, one of the largest full-service technology and services market research companies.
Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) announced the launch of the Health eHeart Study, which will use mobile health apps and connected consumer medical devices to attempt to track and monitor 1 million people in real-time. The study will reportedly use AliveCor’s Heart Monitor, Azumio’s Instant Heart Rate app, and iHealth’s Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuff.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD) reintroduced legislation to expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital readmissions in rural and underserved communities. This is the fifth time the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act has been proposed since 2005.
Sensiotec, makers of non-contact vitals signs monitoring, raised $1 million. Sensiotec’s Virtual Medical Assistant technology has received FDA 510(k) Class II premarket clearance and is in market trials.
The European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have agreed on a roadmap to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health information technologies (IT). The collaboration will focus primarily on transnational interoperability and health IT workforce development.
Kalorama Information released a report on remote patient monitoring, stating that the US market increased from $8.9 billion in 2011 to $10.6 billion in 2012, an increase of 19 percent. Kalorama looked at advanced remote patient monitoring, which it defines as technologies that have wireless or remote capabilities and can potentially interact directly with an EHR.