Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Connected Health Newsletter: Archives March 2015




Intel calls for more security in connected medical devices

Networked medical devices linked to the IoT hold tremendous promise if security is built in from the outset, according to a report by Intel Security and the Atlantic Council.
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China team up to produce smart running shoes

China's Li Ning is teaming up with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi to produce a new generation of smart running shoes this year, in the sports brand's latest effort to revive its waning fortunes.
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SHL Telemedicine to buy GPH for €7.6m

Israel-based SHL Telemedicine, a provider and developer of personal telemedicine systems, is to acquire GPH (Gesellschaft fur Patientenhilfe), based in Munich, for a cash purchase price of €7.6m. GPH's nationwide German telemedicine programme Cordiva cares for about 10,000 chronic heart failure patients in daily regular care.
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Telemedicine app from Seniors Wireless targets over 55s

Seniors Wireless, a subsidiary of mobile virtual network operator Emveno, has launched what it claims to be the first combined mobile and telemedicine service in the US specifically for the over-55 age group.
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Pennsylvania alliance aims to revolutionise big data for healthcare

Carnegie Mellon, University (CMU), the University of Pittsburg and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have formed an alliance to look at how big data can revolutionise healthcare and wellness. The Pittsburg Health Data Alliance is being funded by UPMC by up to US$20m a year for the next six years with participation from all three institutions.
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Memphis doctor develops telemedicine technology

After nearly eight years of development, a Memphis doctor has launched a proprietary technology that will allow doctors to see patients via video conference on a computer, iPad or Android device.
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Connected health and fitness revenues to grow sixfold by 2019

Annual revenues from connected healthcare and fitness services will approach $2bn by 2019, nearly six times the $320m value estimated for this year, according to a report from Juniper Research.In a separate report, SNS Research estimates that the mhealth market will account for nearly $13bn in 2015 alone.
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Apple launches open source software framework for medical research
Apple has announced an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.
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Telemedicine expanding rapidly, says Altarum Institute
Although recently the subject of vigorous debate and controversy, telemedicine is expanding rapidly in the USA. A review of research on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness related to telemedicine shows promising findings for a range of conditions, even as coverage variations and restrictions continue to pose challenges.
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Botswana pilots TV white space telemedicine project
The first telemedicine service in Africa using TV white spaces is set to bring internet connectivity to hospitals and clinics across rural areas of Botswana.
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Virtual Nurse provides remote monitoring of outpatients
Virtual Nurse, a smartwatch that centralises a patient or user's diagnostic information and sends data over GSM mobile telephone networks, is a joint development by Argentina-based Intraway and Spanish company BioScience Medical.
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$3m grant to boost mhealth services in Kenya
The Accenture Foundation has awarded Amref Health Africa an additional grant of US$3m to help the organisation enhance and scale its mobile health training programme to 3000 community health workers in Kenya.
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Mobile app provides boost for heart monitor
The latest version of AliveCor’s AliveECG app has two FDA-cleared and CE-marked automated detectors that let patients and physicians focus on the ECGs that matter most.
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ATA applauds CMS telehealth decision
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has applauded the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow accountable care organisations (ACOs) to use telehealth services.
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Credit-card sized board for developing wearables and medical devices
Designing wearables and medical devices has been made easier with a credit-card sized development board from California-based Qualcomm Technologies.
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Health sector to benefit from NXP’s $11.8bn purchase of Freescale

Two of the biggest microcontroller companies will be joining forces to produce devices for the healthcare sector following NXP Semiconductors’ US$11.8bn purchase of Freescale Semiconductor to create what should be the market leader in general purpose microcontroller products.
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SK Telecom raises the bar for wearables at MWC

SK Telecom, Korea’s largest telecoms company, unveiled various consumer-centric smart devices under the brand Lifeware at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the aim to create opportunities in the global IoT market.
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Mobile app gives telemedicine access from Abu Dhabi

A mobile application that enables greater interaction between patients and doctors in telemedicine consultations was launched last week by the Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre, a joint venture between Mubadala Development and Switzerland telemedicine provider Medgate.
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Qualcomm Life extends telehealth ecosystem through project in France and UK

Qualcomm Life has grown its member ecosystem through collaborations with the CHU of Limoges in France and TBS in the UK, the California-based company announced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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Infineon pressure sensor improves accuracy for wearables

German semiconductor company Infineon Technologies has launched a ±5cm resolution, miniature mems (micro electro mechanical systems) pressure sensor for use in mobile and wearable gadgets and IoT devices.
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Smartphone app for detecting ebola demonstrated at MWC

Scottish company Novarum DX is demonstrating at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a smartphone app that reads a rapid, point of care ebola test.
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Mhealth about to shift from pilots to implementation, believes Exco InTouch

This year will see a significant shift from piloting mhealth programmes to full scale implementation, believes Nottingham, UK, based Exco InTouch, a provider of digital patient engagement and data capture methods for clinical research and healthcare providers.
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Wearables market could be goldmine for sensor manufacturers

The wearable devices space could be the next goldmine of opportunity for sensor manufacturers as profits shrink in the smartphone and tablet segments, according to a report from market watcher Frost & Sullivan.
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