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FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

December 29, 2016 - Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash carts, medication dispensing carts and other carts used for point-of-care services, barcode scanning and patient monitoring can overheat, produce...


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FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash...

FDA Offers $40K Prize for mHealth App to Stop Opioid Overdoses

by Nathan Boroyan

To combat the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic that has been sweeping the nation, the federal government is setting its sights on the potential of mHealth technology. The Food and Drug Administration has announced the 2016 Naloxone App...

mHealth Platform Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

by Eric Wicklund

A hospital in Scotland is testing a new mHealth platform designed to triage patients via facial recognition and gaming software. The technology, developed at the University of St. Andrews, measures a person’s blood rate and pulse oxygen...

Qualcomm-Philips Deal Looks to Make mHealth Reliable

by Eric Wicklund

Two of the bigger players in the remote patient monitoring sandbox have forged a partnership that might make healthcare providers sit up and take notice. Qualcomm Life has announced that its 2net hub will provide medical-grade device connectivity...

Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke

by Eric Wicklund

Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The year-long...

FDA OK’s mHealth Device for Detecting Concussion Symptoms

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two mHealth devices designed to test adults and children for concussive effects immediately after a head injury. The imPACT and imPACT Pediatric devices won’t enable healthcare providers...

The Message is Clear: mHealth Can Be Motivational

by Eric Wicklund

The text message can be a powerful mHealth motivator. Its use as a population health tool was recently proven in India, where a study that sent twice-weekly text messages to 1 million people found that health and wellness reminders could sway...

mHealth Evolution: IoT Devices Will Reportedly Outnumber Phones by 2018

by Eric Wicklund

A new report says connected devices will outnumber mobile phones in two years, putting added emphasis on the healthcare industry to embrace the Internet of Things. Ericsson’s Mobility Report forecasts an annual growth rate of 23 percent...

Using mHealth to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Improve Care Coordination

by Chris Sullivan of Zebra Technologies

According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 72 percent to 99 percent of clinical alarms are false. One East Coast hospital reported more than 59,000 alarm conditions over a 12-day period.  The...

Philips Launches mHealth Product Line With an Eye on the Clinician

by Eric Wicklund

Philips Healthcare has unveiled a new line of consumer mHealth devices, but don’t expect consumers to snap them up like the latest activity band or smart scale. The devices and an accompanying mHealth app, part of the company’s HealthSuite...

An mHealth Project Focuses on Do-It-Yourself Drugs

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth device being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day allow remote doctors to create their own medicine whenever and wherever needed. The project, financed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans?

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals is turning to consumer-facing wearables to help patients with their care management. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is giving its multiple myeloma patients activity trackers...

mHealth’s Promise: Mobility With Meaning

by Eric Wicklund

In California, a Silicon Valley startup is launching a mobile robot designed to keep seniors connected with their care providers – and in the future offer mHealth services like medication management. In Virginia, a medical instrument company...

Why Isn’t mHealth More Popular?

by Eric Wicklund

A recent survey of Canadian consumers finds they share the same opinion of mHealth as their American neighbors: They want to use the technology to manage their health, but they aren’t. Commissioned by TELUS Health, the May survey of slightly...

mHealth Heads to the Top of the World

by Eric Wicklund

A team of climbers is using wearable mHealth technology to track their health during an ascent of one of the world’s most perilous mountains. The team currently climbing Pakistan’s K2 is wearing Bluetooth-enabled clothing embedded...

Nokia Launches Remote Patient Monitoring Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Nokia is setting its sights on remote patient monitoring. The former Finnish cellphone stalwart, which acquired France-based mHealth device company Withings earlier this year, has announced a partnership with HUS/Helsinki University Hospital...

New Partnership Puts the Mobility into mHeath

by Eric Wicklund

Vodafone is partnering with a San Francisco-based robotics company to give mHealth a whole new meaning to patients with mobility issues. The global telecommunications giant is throwing its support – and its smart-device support platform...

With mHealth Platforms, the Smartphone is Just the Beginning

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems are finding that an enterprise-wide smartphone platform is much more than just a cool way to give everyone a new phone. For Autumn Foy, director of clinical informatics at Onslow Memorial Hospital, putting some 325 iPhones into...

FDA’s mHealth Innovation Program Sees Success in its First Year

by Eric Wicklund

A year-old FDA program designed to help innovative mHealth companies speed their potentially life-saving products to market has so far accepted more than half of its applicants. In all, 17 of 29 applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s...

New mHealth Partnership Opens a Digital Link to the EHR

by Eric Wicklund

A California-based chain of urgent care clinics is integrating data from a digital stethoscope into its electronic health record, giving clinicians instant access to heart and lung sounds. Direct Urgent Care, serving some 30,000 consumers in...

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