Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Connected Health Newsletter: Archives October 2015


 
Philips partners Amazon for connected health services

Philips is strengthening its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable an ecosystem for connected and personalised digital health services. AWS IoT, a platform that makes it easy for devices to connect to AWS, will expand the connectivity, capabilities and services of Philips’ Health Suite digital platform.
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Centres use Apple ResearchKit to study autism, epilepsy and melanoma

Apple’s ResearchKit is enabling research studies at Duke Medicine, Johns Hopkins, and Oregon Health & Science University on autism, epilepsy and melanoma.
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Ericsson and Brighter collaborate on connected blood glucose meter

Swedish companies Ericsson and Brighter are working together to bring IoT technology to medical devices. The first connected product from the alliance will be the Brighter One integrated blood glucose meter and injection device for insulin treated diabetics.
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Nato tests telemedicine system in Ukraine

Nato is developing a multinational telemedicine system to improve access to health services and increase survival rates in emergency situations, including in remote areas. The technology was successfully live tested during a field exercise in Ukraine.
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AMA sets up workgroup to integrate telehealth services

The American Medical Association has et up a workgroup charged with facilitating the integration of the latest technological advances in telehealth services into the CPT current procedural terminology code set.
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Smart wearable provides menstrual data

A menstrual cup that can send vital information about the state of a period direct to the user’s smartphone is raising money through crowd-funding on Kickstarter. Called Looncup, the smart menstruation cup tells the user how full it is, and when it’s time to refresh.
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Efficient chips let swimmers track in-water activity

Tiny motion-sensing and data-processing chips from ST Microelectronics have enabled an activity tracker for swimmers with breakthrough positioning accuracy and real-time audio feedback from wearable-tech maker XMetrics.
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Triple W Japan wearable helps incontinence sufferers

A Japanese company has unveiled a device that lets wearers know ahead of time when they need to go to the toilet. Triple W Japan invented Dfree, a device that fits in underwear and tracks bowel movements.
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Californian university lands $9.75m mhealth research grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $9.75m to the University of California San Francisco over the next five years to create a platform that will enable investigators to conduct mobile and wireless health research in a less costly, more streamlined manner.
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Indian state rolls out telemedicine service to 33,000 kiosks

More than 33,000 telemedicine kiosks have been deployed across the length and breadth of the state of Rajasthan in India as part of the government’s eMitra initiative, an e-governance service implemented in all 33 districts.
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Barcoding and Better Day partnership uses RFID to streamline EHRs

Baltimore-based Barcoding has teamed up with New Orleans company Better Day Health to transform clinical documentation.
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Sibeam modules add wireless connectivity to medical monitors

A way to add wireless video support to medical monitors has been introduced by California-based Sibeam, a Lattice Semiconductor company.
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Huawei to develop smart health technologies with Dutch university
Chinese telecoms company Huawei has signed an enhanced cooperation agreement with the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, deepening cooperation in the area of smart healthcare.
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AMS optical heart rate monitor can be integrated into wearables
Austria Microsystems (AMS) has launched an optical heart rate monitor that can be integrated into wearable devices.
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Texas researchers develop tattoo-style patch for monitoring vital signs
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable patches that can continuously monitor the body’s vital signs for human health and performance tracking, potentially outperforming traditional monitoring tools such as cardiac event monitors.
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Denmark funds five telemedicine projects
The Danish government is spending about DKK22m funding five projects aimed at testing telemedicine on new groups of patients in Denmark.
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MedZed start-up raises $3.2m to develop house-call platform
Atlanta, Georgia-based start-up MedZed has raised $3.2m from strategic, accredited investors to develop its technology-enabled house call platform. MedZed uses a combination of in-home caregivers and technology to connect high-risk patients to their medical team.
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Hillcrest software helps manufacturers differentiate wearables
Hillcrest Labs has introduced software to help wearable-device makers create differentiated wearable products across the health, fitness and lifestyle segments.
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Smartphones boost growth of mhealth, says Winter Green Research
Telemedicine, telehealth and mhealth markets at $1.5bn in 2014 are anticipated to reach $45.4bn by 2021, according to a study by Winter Green Research. Mhealth markets related to telemedicine will grow the fastest, leveraging nearly ten billion smartphones and five billion connected tablet devices installed all over the world by 2021.
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