iRobot invests $6 Million in telemedicine company

iRobot Corp., a provider of robotic technology-based services, on Tuesday announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a provider of remote presence telemedicine services. The $6 million investment represents a minority position in the company.

The announcement expands upon the joint development and licensing agreement iRobot (Bedford, Mass., USA) announced in July 2011, which was established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms.

Delta Cargo enables GPS for air shipments

Last week, Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on its web site at deltacargo.com.

Edible smart pill monitors medication regiments and health issues

UK community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy and Proteus Biomedical, Inc., a digital health company, have announced a strategic collaboration to commercialize and launch Helius, a digital health product that combines sensor-enabled tablets, a sensor patch for the body, and a mobile health (mHealth) application to monitor complex medication regiments and health issues.

Digi releases next generation Zigbee smart energy gateway

Digi International on Tuesday introduced an enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband and offers additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates of connected Smart Energy devices.

UK Smart-grid project launched to reduce strain electrical networks

On Tuesday, Honeywell announced a smart-grid project that will help British energy company SSE plc connect up to 30 commercial and industrial buildings in the Thames Valley area west of London, and temporarily reduce electricity consumption when overall use spikes.

In 70% of cases teledermatology changes diagnosis

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After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.


Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.

Survey: Smart Grid implementation rises 25% in past year

On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp and OSIsoft LCC, a manufacturer of real-time data infrastructure, released a survey showing a 25% increase in the number of utilities companies that have implemented smart-grid technology compared to last year. The survey also shows that 28% of companies surveyed are in the planning phase, but 24% still have not started adopting any smart-grid technology. However, 63% of participants expect their budgets for these technologies to increase over the next two or three years.

Red tape a major barrier to the use of telemedicine

Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.

Itron releases smart grid analytics software applications

Itron, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has released specialized analytic software applications built on its Active Smart Grid Analytics (ASA) platform. Each application is bundled with Itron's Analytic Accelerators and Extension Toolkits, which help utilities take advantage of smart grid data, says the company

U.S. Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court passed down a unanimous ruling stating that police must obtain a search warrant in order to track a suspected criminal with GPS technology.  The court’s actions in this matter are extremely important because they could affect data privacy for much more than GPS systems, including cell phones and virtually any network device in the U.S.

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