New analysis from Frost & Sullivan indicates that so-called “smart pills” may be the next big thing in health tech.
With each passing year, the increasing need for convenient diagnostic and accurate therapeutic tools is driving innovation in smart pills.
While certain smart pill applications, such as imaging and sensing, have been successfully commercialized, others like drug delivery and surgery are yet to be proven clinically. There is also commercialization preference and focus on wireless capsule endoscopes and ingestible sensors for internal signs monitoring.
Posted in Healthcare, mHealth
On Tuesday at HIMSS14, EvolveMed, a provider of intuitive physician electronic medical records for hospitals and physician practices, announced its integration of Nuance 360 SpeechAnywhere Services.
The move, groundbreaking many ways, underscores the growing relationship between cutting-edge cloud-based solutions with modern healthcare IT.
By leveraging Nuance technology, TalkChart can purportedly enhance the intuitive efficiency of its cloud-based medical records with speech-integrated services.
Posted in Healthcare IT, Technology
Two prominent federal lawmakers are going public in their fight to keep the FDA from fiddling too much in the mHealth space.
Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Angus King (I-Maine) published an unapologetic op-ed in the pages of USA Today this week, urging the creation of a new, less intrusive framework for FDA oversight.
Posted in mHealth
Last week, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register which requires that both device makers and importers document negative event reports for medical devices electronically.
“Upon the effective date of this final rule, manufacturers and importers are required to submit MDRs to the Agency in an electronic format that FDA can process, review, and archive,” the FDA announced.
The new rule formally takes effect August 14th, 2015.
Posted in Regulation
Social media is already used for a wide range of personal and professional purposes, but according to a recent report by eHealth Initiative, it is now an effective treatment for chronic disease, as well.
This is because social media allows individuals living with chronic disease to join online communities where they can socialize, share tips and information, vent frustrations with others who understand, and even connect with medical professionals from around the globe.
There are many reasons why social media is an outstanding addition for those suffering from chronic disease. In America chronic disease accounts for 75% of healthcare spending, and impacts more than 133 million Americans.
Posted in Social Media
With an estimated 5 million Americans struggling with Alzheimer’s today, the disease is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
Not surprisingly, the medical and mobile technology worlds are uniting to put the power of mHealth to work in the testing and treating of this devastating disease.
To that end, brain games developer Acuity Games has just announced the creation of Acuity Games:Total Recall, the 11th game in their line-up of brain health assessment-based brain games.
Posted in mHealth news, Mobile App, Smartphones
While the announcement itself largely flew beneath the radar in recent days, the impact of this development could reverberate well into the future.
Last week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation.”
In this effort, the CEA joins a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade associations and professional societies, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Posted in Mobile App