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mHealth Monitoring Provider BodyMedia Raises $2.7M


It was announced today that BodyMedia, a company providing mobile health monitoring services via an armband device, has raised $2.7M out of an anticipated $10M funding round.

The company’s armband device captures health data from users and measures things like how many steps a person takes throughout the day, sleep patterns and calorie output among other things, and then recommends activity and dietary adjustments based on the data.  Tied to the monitoring solution is the company’s FIT platform which includes an online activity manager and free mobile apps for its users.

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PositiveID’s FDA-Cleared “iGlucose” System Gains AT&T Certification and Access to its Network


It’s been announced that PositiveID, makers of mobile medical devices for diabetes management, has gained AT&T certification for its “iGlucose” system in addition to access to the largest US-based global network for connectivity.

PositiveID’s FDA-cleared iGlucose mHealth system is designed to “simplify diabetes management” for the millions of individuals impacted by the ever-growing disease.  Through its AT&T certification, users of iGlucose now have access to AT&T’s vast data network, allowing for remote data-transfer in real-time.  iGlucose is the first and only pocket-sized mobile health device specifically designed to connect to industry leading glucometers to transmit blood glucose readings anytime, anywhere.

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U.K. Report Praises U.S. Veteran Health Administration’s Telehealth Program, Asks Why Adoption Remains Slow Across U.S.


A new report out of the U.K is praising the telehealth program sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) — which is the largest telehealth project in the world — while also asking the question of why telehealth hasn’t gained more momentum and adoption across the U.S. healthcare system.

The new report, published by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), touts the VHA’s telehealth program as a prime example of how telehealth services should be rolled out on such a large scale.  Patients enrolled in the program — most of whom have chronic conditions such as heart failure, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, and post-traumatic stress disorder — receive free telemonitoring equipment and attention from care coordinators who teach them how to manage their own care.

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Diversinet Receives Patent for Storing Healthcare Data on Mobile Devices


It was announced today that Diversinet, who bills itself as a “leader in connected and protected mobile healthcare communication,” has been awarded a patent for its method for storing sensitive personal health information on mobile devices.

U.S. Patent # 8,051,297, “A Method for Binding a Security Element to a Mobile Device,” covers the security of information on smartphones and tablets, and prevents unauthorized access to sensitive data via an “Anti-Cloning Encryption” method.  This method prevents access to the information if it’s transferred to another mobile device and uses characteristics of a mobile device’s unique identity, such as its serial number, to create the encryption passkey.

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AT&T Has 13M “Emerging Devices” On Its Network, Many of Which Related to mHealth


AT&T says it currently has over 13M so-called “emerging devices” on its wireless network.  While some are related to basic monitoring, vehicle technology and other devices, a vast majority of these devices are healthcare related.

AT&T has long had an interest in mHealth, vowing to make its wireless network and data services available to any medical device or service that needs it.  USA Today recently ran an article detailing two such devices and services that have partnered with AT&T for connectivity.  The first of which is a device called a GlowCap from a company called Vitality.  The devices replaces the top of prescription pill bottles and light up regularly when drugs should be taken.  If a patient forgets to take the medication, a phone call or text message is sent as a reminder using connectivity by AT&T.  “It’s one great example of a simplistic device that will help that whole ecosystem to be more efficient,” says Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s president for emerging devices, national resale and partnerships.

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A Case For EHR: HHS Reports Nearly 7.9M Health Records Exposed in Data Breaches


A new report out by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proves the need for better organization, regulation and security around sensitive patient health records, a problem digital and mobile technology can help solve.

Since early 2009, there have been more than 30,000 data breaches, affecting nearly 7.9 million people who have had their health records exposed, according to the report.   Thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA-compliant organizations must provide notification to individuals, the Secretary, and sometimes even the media (if more than 500 individuals were affected), of breaches in unsecured health information.

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