FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

Cites mobile health-app study which found that developers collect consumer health data and give it to third-parties


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

iTalk, Cyber Kiosk team up on M2M for alternative medical space

iTalk has announced a distribution agreement with Cyber Kiosk for its CloudTalk product to provide secure connectivity for kiosk manufacturing and distribution in the alternative medical space.

CloudTalk has been developed to provide connectivity for vending machines and credit card processing, while Cyber Kiosk (Coral Springs, FL, USA) addresses a number of business verticals, including digital media, software and mobile applications development, tablet POS systems, payment processing, merchandising and the licensing of various unique products.

GE Healthcare to acquire CHCA in industrial internet push

GE Healthcare is to acquire analytics provider CHCA in a move it claims will lead to better outcomes for patients in operating rooms and further aid the development of its industrial internet strategy.

The company – a subsidiary of industrial giant GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) – did not disclose how much it is to pay for CHCA but said it expected to close the deal in the second quarter of the year.

CloudVisit and I Do App form mobile health partnership

Healthcare IT players CloudVisit Telemedicine and I Do App have formed a new mobile health partnership aimed at developing new “all-in-one” telemedicine and home health devices.

CloudVisit (Cold Spring, NY, USA) provides real-time videoconferencing technology for use by healthcare providers and patients, while I Do App (Manhattan Beach, CA, USA) has developed a range of mobile health monitoring devices allowing patients to track weight, wellness and other key biometrics from their homes.

Ineda secures $17 million in funding for wearable tech development

M2M chipmaker Ineda Systems has secured $17 million in funding from a number of investors, including Walden-Riverwood, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qualcomm and IndusAge Partners.

The company says it will use the money to accelerate the development of its wearable processor unit, which is aimed at devices such as smartwatches and health and fitness trackers.

Philips launches home medical alert service

Dutch tech giant Royal Philips has launched a new medical alert service in the US that will notify emergency services if a user has fallen within his or her home.

The technology is aimed at elderly healthcare patients who may be too incapacitated to push a button on a standard remote-monitoring device, or use a phone, in the event of an accident at home.

It is also designed to eliminate the need for a landline, with more than a quarter of US households having already taken this step, according to data from the latest US Census Bureau.

InfoBionic to commercialize cardiac-monitoring service with new funding

Digital health player InfoBionic says it has raised a total of $17 million in a financing round led by Safeguard Scientifics, which will acquire “20% primary ownership” of InfoBionic as a result of the transaction.

InfoBionic (Lowell, MA, USA) is focused on developing patient monitoring services for chronic disease management and says the financing marks a “significant milestone” in its development, expansion and commercialization.

Humana, Pharos flag remote-monitoring tech trial for diabetics

Healthcare insurance provider Humana has launched a trial of remote-monitoring technology for diabetes patients in partnership with tech player Pharos Innovations.

The trial is to last for a six-month period and involve some 500 Humana Medicare members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

In a statement, Humana (Louisville, KY, USA) said it aimed to improve self-care management and reduce hospital admissions and in-patient costs through use of remote-monitoring technology.

Intel completes takeover of Basis Science

US semiconductor giant Intel says it has completed the takeover of wearable device maker Basis Science.

Basis (San Francisco, CA, USA) specializes in developing wearables for health and wellness applications, including its Basis band health tracker, and the acquisition will provide Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) with immediate exposure to this fast-growing sector.

AirStrip expands into remote monitoring with Sense4Baby buy

Mobile health player AirStrip has acquired Sense4Baby and said it will immediately seek FDA clearance to expand the company’s remote-monitoring service into the home.

Sense4Baby (La Jolla, CA, USA) has developed a wireless fetal monitoring system that can perform non-stress testing for high-risk pregnancies and has already received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission to commercialize its medical device in clinical settings.

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