Telehealth, Telemedicine, eHealth, mHealth

80 million fitness and wellbeing devices will be worn in 2016, says ABI Research

Over the next five years adoption of wireless healthcare sensors will lag behind uptake of consumer-driven sports, fitness and wellness devices according to ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global connectivity and emerging technology.

State grant helps implement telehealth program for Autism Collaborative Center

The Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Mich.) are now able to help people with autism living in rural areas thanks to a $500,000 state grant. The grant will allow the staff to use a live video stream to evaluate and treat clients.

Telehealth on Medicare in Australia

Patients in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas around Australia will benefit from an increase in telehealth services with greater access to Medicare funded medical specialist video consultations available starting July 1, 2011.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon said that under the Gillard Government’s A$620 million ($664 million) telehealth initiative, patients will be able to ‘see’ their specialist close to home without the time and expense of travelling to major cities.

Telehealth in Canada grew by more than 35 percent

With more than 5,700 telehealth systems in at least 1,175 communities across the country, Canada is a global leader in improving access to care by connecting patients and care providers in different, and frequently remote locations, according to a new national study released Monday, announced Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice-President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway.

United Telehealth launches turnkey telehealth programs

United Telehealth Services (Nashville, Tennessee) Thursday announced its company’s launch providing telehealth programs for hospitals and physicians. Founded by Dr. Sami Ismail, Dr. John Wilters and Drew Nord, United Telehealth connects “Hub” hospital and specialists’ expertise to outlying “Spoke” hospitals, clinics and providers. Today, patients in remote or rural areas often unnecessarily travel long distances to seek consultations and opinions from physician specialists.

M2M device detects heart arrhythmia

Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company, and TZ Medical (Portland, Ore.), a manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device. Equipped with the Cinterion MC75i module, the Aera-CT is expected to be commercially available in North America in Q3, 2011 followed by rolling launches throughout the world.

Verizon and Medco unveil first real-time mobile medication app

Verizon Wireless (New York, NY) and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) today announced a mobile application that can instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions. The new Medco Pharmacy mobile app delivers critical information to help Medco members manage their prescription medications.

Saxon Infotech, Inc. developing cloud-based mobile telemedicine app

Saxon Infotech, Inc. (Columbia, MD), a strategic IT services consulting, development and staffing firm, announces today that it is making a significant investment of talent and resources to support and participate in a joint development effort with a major Institute of Technology and Research to develop and bring to market a cloud-based mobile telemedicine application. The company is targeting delivery in the second quarter of 2012.

Nukona and Integer Wireless team up for wireless healthcare

As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – Wednesday announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.

Telehealth receives support of CMS in final rule

ATA lauds CMS's support of telemedicine

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a statement in support of telemedicine by streamlining the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers delivering services to Medicare hospitals. By simplifying how hospitals and non-hospital providers privilege doctors who remotely treat patients, CMS has lowered the administrative burden of delivering telehealth and telemedicine services.

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