Healthcare providers rate increased access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location as the top benefits of mobile health technology, according to a new survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics.
Funding limitations came top of the list of barriers to the use of mobile health, while many providers indicated they were at an early stage of adopting and implementing the technology.
Some 69% said they used a mobile device to view patient information, for instance, but just 36% used mobile technologies to collect data at the bedside.
Swiss telemedicine player Medgate is to launch a new mobile health service in partnership with telecoms incumbent Swisscom.
The Medgate (Basel, Switzerland) service provides users who download an app with access to medical care at anytime and from any location, offering round-the-clock access to doctors besides tools to assist with health management.
According to Medcare, the app will allow patients to contact their telemedical centre for advice and to send images of affected areas – in the case of skin and eye conditions – to experts for analysis.
Telehealth specialist AliveCor has expanded the availability of its electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis service into the UK and Ireland.
The service allows patients to share ECG recordings with UK-based cardiac physiologists and receive expert reviews via the use of AliveCor’s AliveECG app.
AliveCor (San Francisco, CA, USA) promises that recordings will be analyzed within 24 hours to provide users with a more complete picture of their heart health at any time.
Kore Telematics and B&B Electronics have unveiled a new M2M service that is aimed at allowing customers to develop fully connected industrial M2M applications more quickly and conveniently.
The networking player and MVNO have taken the wraps off an M2M-enabled cellular router that comes prepackaged with GSM or CDMA data connectivity options.
Branded Spectre, the router is being made available through a three-month promotional data plan from Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) and targeted at companies looking for industrial M2M monitoring and control applications.
Telit subsidiary ILS Technology is collaborating with SAP on integrating its M2M applications platform – branded deviceWISE M2M AEP – with HANA, the German software giant’s in-memory platform.
The development is aimed at opening up new opportunities in the area of big data and analytics, allowing companies to make improvements to the operations of their devices and machines.
M2M player Worldline has joined forces with Nokia’s HERE on the development of a new range of cloud-based M2M services for the connected-vehicle and connected-infrastructure markets.
The two companies are to develop fleet-management services allowing customers to track their operations in real-time, and improve their safety measures, through the use of real-time information and business analytics.
They are also teaming up on new connected-car services, including features that will facilitate parking, ease traffic congestion and improve driver safety.
Module maker Novatel Wireless is to support fleet-management applications for Vehicle Tracking Systems and help the telematics player with its migration from GPRS to CDMA technology.
Services developed by Vehicle Tracking Systems already incorporate Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) technology, including an “on-board rules engine” that supports applications like geo-fencing and trip reporting, and so the module maker was a natural choice of partner for the further development of services.
American Industrial Systems says it has launched new human-machine interface (HMI) panels for the building automation industry.
According to the company, the HMI panels – which use power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology – will support automation of “complex” and “tedious” processes and allow customers to gather data that helps them improve productivity and reduce costs.
The panels are said to be ideal for a range of building control system applications, including heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control, access control and interactive security systems.
Carmakers are tapping smartphone technology to spruce up low-cost city cars and try to get an edge in a market that has grown to account for almost 10 percent of new car sales in austerity-scarred Europe.
The Opel Adam Rocks, the new Peugeot 108, the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo will be among the compact city cars on display at the Geneva motor show this month - all available with large multimedia screens that can display music libraries or navigation maps stored on a smartphone.
Illinois utility ComEd has announced plans to speed up its deployment of smart meters in the state, claiming its revised timetable will lead to considerable cost savings for customers.
The utility – the largest in Illinois – appears to have come under pressure from local authorities to complete its installation of more than four million smart meters by 2018, instead of the current deadline of 2021.