Mobile Health: Alive and Well

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The mHealth Summit taking place in Washington DC this week, brings together leaders in government, the wireless industry industry, health and academia, to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad.

Among the annoucements this week:

Two new social platforms were introduced this week, addressing both Teens and Seniors.

BodiMojo announced it is developing Web and mobile wellness incentives—including self-confidence tools—for 12 to 18-year-olds. Separately, Independa is introducing Artemis – a collection of wireless health, safety and activity sensors. Artemis is a sensor hub. Users won’t need to worry about pairing or matching devices because the sensors will be paired prior to shipment. Artemis converts raw data from dozens of different sensors into an integrated flow, and Independa will aggregate information in the cloud. Artemis is augmented by “Angela,” a social media platform that connects seniors with each other and with their caregivers.

The Artemis platform connects to sensors that monitor vital signs, safety and home conditions via a wireless hub. Care providers, in turn, use the Caregiver Web App to track patients’ well being remotely, or adding “Life Stories” to the Independa portal (a.k.a. Angela).

Angela is a dedicated tablet that lets seniors interact with caregivers and other seniors in a simplified environment. It provides a single touch access to games, puzzles, favorite Web sites, health metrics reporting, a photo album with picture frame capabilities, a calendar planner, and social engagement features from video chat to Facebook to email.

Qualcomm announced a slew of new initiatives designed to help patients and caregivers connect wirelessly through mobile devices, and spur mHealth technology adoption.

Qualcomm announced the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life (formally known as Qualcomm Wireless Health). It provides a cloud-based platform health providers.

“We believe the 2net Platform and the Hub’s promotion of medical device connectivity will enable a sea change in health care, where we observe stressed medical systems burdened by a mounting prevalence of chronic disease,” stated Don Jones, vice president of global strategy and market development for Qualcomm Life.

Qualcomm also announced the establishment a $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund to help spur the adoption of wireless health services and technologies. Qualcomm Ventures, will focus specifically on those technologies that will help accelerate the adoption of Qualcomm’s 2net Platform, along with other wireless health initiatives.

“Today there are 46 million family caregivers in America, 600 million worldwide, with numbers about to explode thanks to aging baby boomers. It’s time we leverage advances in wireless technology and the Internet to give family caregivers previously unavailable capabilities and peace of mind at compelling price points,” said Independa CEO, Kian Saneii.

HealthTap has raised $11.5 million in a first round of funding to expand its expert online physician community, which answers questions that patients pose online or via smartphones. Backers include Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors fund and others.

The Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

Juniper Research predicts by the year 2014, there will be a total of 2.7 million annual mobile health monitoring events globally, generating some $1.9 billion at the end of 2014.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 12:37 pm .

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