Weekly Recap 1/11/13

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The big news in mobile health this week, as we reported Monday when the news was announced, is that athenaHealth is acquiring Epocrates for close to $300 million, a 22 percent premium over the Epocrates share value. Travis outlines the most viable ROI strategies that Athena will likely target after the Epocrates acquisition is finalized.

1-10-2013 4-46-29 PM

CES Week in Review

The CES tradeshow was held this week in Las Vegas. A good number of connected health companies and industry leaders turned out to discuss the changing business climate and demo the newest gadgets and apps marketed directly to consumers. Highlights from the week include:

  • Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs’ keynote address was apparently a ridiculous affair that managed to include Big Bird, an uncomfortably graphic horror scene from the upcoming Blade II, and words of wisdom from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Maroon 5 closed the keynote with an acoustic set.
  • Sanjay Gupta took the main stage as the keynote speaker of the Digital Health Summit.
  • Withings entered the activity tracker market with a small, but functional, clip-on model.
  • Not to be outdone, Fitbit unveiler their new wrist-worn activity tracker, the Fitbit Flex.
  • iHealth Labs demonstrated a new wireless, iOS-enabled glucometer and pulse oximeter.
  • The Pebble smartphone-synched watch announces that shipments will begin going out January 23.
  • Sony unveils a new Android Smartphone, the Zperia Z, that is getting a lot of attention for being the first-ever to offer HDR video. Specs:  5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core S4 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, NFC capabilities, and Android 4.1 Jellybean.

1-8-2013 8-22-34 PM

Qualcomm announces contest guidelines for a $10 million prize which will be awarded to the team that can produce a Star Trek Tricorder-inspired home medical device that can wirelessly monitor vital signs and accurately diagnose any five of the following conditions: anemia, UTI, type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation, stroke, obstructive sleep apnea, tuberculosis, COPD, pneumonia, otitis, leukocytosis, and Hepatitis A.

1-8-2013 6-39-51 PM

Philips Healthcare introduces Lifeline GoSafe, a mobile personal emergency response system that includes fall detection capabilities, locating services, and two-way cellular voice communications.

1-9-2013 4-23-03 PM

Israel-based startup Medisafe claims to have raised medication adherence rates from 50 percent to 81 percent for patients taking medication for chronic illnesses

1-8-2013 8-04-17 PM

Point-of-care technology vendor PatientSafe Solutions closes a $20 million Series C round led by the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund.

Care Thread Raises $250,000 in Seed Funding

Care Thread, a Providence, RI-based provider of HIPAA-compliant mobile messaging solutions, raises $250,000 in seed funding. The primary investor in the deal is the Slater Fund, a state-backed economic development initiative.

1-8-2013 2-32-19 PM

Vocera Communications names M. Bridget Duffy, MD (ExperiaHealth) CMO.

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QuantiaMD names Daniel Malloy (IMS Health) SVP, promotes President Mike Coyne to CEO, and appoints CEO Eric Schultz to executive chairman.

1-8-2013 10-11-17 PM

FCC announces that it will invest $400 million each year to expedite the development of broadband networks supporting telehealth programs and health information exchange networks. The fund will help cover upfront infrastructure costs as well as ongoing network operational costs. Applications will be accepted in the late summer of 2013.
1-5-2013 7-41-43 AM

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