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World’s Only iPhone Powered Cycling Computer, the New Wahoo Fitness RFLKT Bike Computer

Available today, the RFLKT wirelessly receives or “reflects” your cycling App data, heart-rate, speed, cadence, music data and more, all while your iPhone stays safely in your jersey pocket or storage box

Atlanta, Ga. – (February 13, 2013) – Wahoo Fitness, the leader in iPhone™ powered fitness, running and cycling, announces the RFLKT iPhone bike computer, the world’s first and only iPhone powered cycling computer. Using Bluetooth Smart, Wahoo’s newest innovation allows cyclists to transmit their cycling App data from the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, wirelessly to the handlebar-mounted RFLKT. Shipping today, Wahoo Fitness’ RFLKT is available for $129.99 at www.WahooFitness.com.

RFLKT Bike Computer in Action: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

RFLKT Page Link: WahooFitness.com

The RFLKT wirelessly receives all App data and ride info from the iPhone 4S and/or iPhone 5 via Bluetooth Smart. Equipped with control buttons, cyclists can operate their favorite iPhone cycling App, toggle between screens, start/stop intervals and even control iPhone functionality such as music playback all from the RFLKT, while the iPhone remains safely in a jersey pocket or bike mounted compartment. RFLKT’s sleek profile and lowly 2 ounce weight, make it virtually unnoticeable when mounted, while the coin cell operated battery has a life of over one year and requires no charging.

“RFLKT is the perfect solution for App loving, data junkie cyclists that shy away from mounting their pricey iPhone on their handlebars risking drop, crash and weather damages,” says Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “Whether to monitor their ride with a cycling App or just for safety, cyclists and triathletes routinely carry their iPhones during their rides. Instead of the iPhone sitting idle in your back pocket, the RFLKT captures all that data from the iPhone and displays it on your handlebars in real-time. This puts your App info, GPS, music, speed/cadence, heart rate, power and all other cycling data, conveniently within view and reach like a traditional bike computer.”

RFLKT iPhone Bike Computer features include:

• Wirelessly receives data, images and cycling App features from the iPhone 4S and new iPhone 5 via Bluetooth Low Energy
• From the RFLKT cyclists can navigate screens, start/stop timer, control music playback and additional App features, while the iPhone remains securely in your jersey pocket or bike mounted compartment
• Coin cell operated, requires no recharging with a battery life of 1 year
• Weighs 2 ounces and measures 2.4” L x 1.6” W x 0.5” H, making it lightweight and compact like the top bike computers on the market

Available at: http://www.wahoofitness.com/Products/Wahoo-Fitness-Wahoo-RFLKT-iPhone-Powered-Bike-Computer.asp

Wahoo Fitness has fully integrated the iPhone into all aspects of cycling fitness. With Wahoo’s speed & cadence sensor for iPhone, heart rate monitor for iPhone, the recently unveiled KICKR Power Trainer and now the RFLKT iPhone Bike Computer, Wahoo users can track and power their cycling with their iPhone on the road, the trail and the trainer. Wahoo Fitness’ iPhone cycling system allows users to monitor all the vitals including power, speed, cadence, heart rate, pace, distance, location, course and more.

At launch, the RFLKT will be compatible with the Wahoo Fitness App with more scheduled to roll out in the future. To request additional information on the RFLKT, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 374-4404 x119 or by email at bradhobbs@maxborgesagency.com. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.WahooFitness.com and for a complete list of compatible Apps, please visit www.WahooFitness.com/Apps.

About Wahoo Fitness:
Located in Atlanta, GA., Wahoo Fitness connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities – running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.wahoofitness.com.

February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

Doctors can now stay in touch at all times with secure, HIPPA-compliant priority messaging without carrying a traditional pager device

WALTHAM, Mass. -January 22, 2013 —Onset Technology, creator of OnPage™  Priority Messaging, announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. “Using OnPage, this progressive, forward thinking hospital is now bringing the same level of innovation to address its communication needs as it did to medical care for over a century” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology.

Traditional pagers are used for alpha-numeric 240 character-max one way communication. Pages sent to traditional pagers require the physician to call back to retrieve the actual message and acknowledge receipt. The OnPage service officiates the process to save precious time; it sends the actual message in its entirety to the intended smartphone and continuously alerts the physician until the message is acknowledged, and automatically keeps the sender informed as to the status of the message, from receipt to actually being read.

Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device.

“We are delighted to have the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital entrust their priority communications to OnPage,” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, creator of OnPage. “They tested our product against a major competitor over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. Forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are looking for HIPAA-compliant, secure, reliable, and traceable communication. We are proud to be their solution of choice.”

OnPage converts any iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device into a secure, fault-tolerant communication system. Unlike traditional pagers, it guarantees that no messages will ever be missed. With OnPage, a message sent is a message received. You can count on it! And just in case, you also get the audit trail to prove it. For more information about OnPage, visit the OnPage website at http://www.OnPage.com;

ABOUT ONSET TECHNOLOGY

Onset Technology is a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with secure priority communications requirements. The company’s latest solution OnPage™ turns iOS, BlackBerry or Android smartphones into secure digital pagers with additional capabilities such as massage status notification to the sender and secures messaging to individual, groups or escalation group. OnPage is device agnostic and carrier agnostic, supported by an enterprise-grade secure messaging and paging platform. Onset Technology’s OnPage is now used by over 1,000 organizations, including those in healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, the legal profession, and government agencies. For more information about OnPage, visit http://onpage.com/ . For other products by Onset Technology visit http://onsettechnology.com/

 

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance Join Forces to Advance Connected Health Innovations

Coinciding with the annual mHealth Summit, Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) announced today a unique partnership that will help advance awareness for mobile and wireless health technologies in a joint effort to empower consumers with the tools to better manage their health and wellbeing.

Together, Sharecare and the WLSA will collaborate on interactive initiatives and co-develop content and events to elevate the dialogue between, and collaboration among, all players in the healthcare ecosystem. Additionally, the partnership will deepen and broaden their relationships with healthcare technology professionals and connect consumers with key experts to answer their questions about the health innovations of today and in the future.

As Digital Health Leaders Gather at the mHealth Summit, Partnership Advances Awareness of Mobile and Wireless Health Technologies

Atlanta, GA – December 3, 2012 – Aligned in their commitment to improve people’s health locally and globally, Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) today announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on interactive initiatives and co-develop content and events to elevate the dialogue between, and collaboration among, all players in the healthcare ecosystem. The partnership will focus on advancing understanding, development and adoption of wireless and online health technologies and how they are increasingly supporting positive health and lifestyle change.

“Wireless technologies are fast becoming a defining factor in the delivery and management of personal   healthcare on a local and global level by simplifying the way vital patient information is collected and leveraged,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “By aligning Sharecare’s expert social platform with the WLSA’s thought leadership, membership and community, we can help individuals and medical professionals gain a deeper understanding of how wireless technology will advance medical treatments, procedures and care.”

Through the partnership, Sharecare and the WLSA will deepen and broaden their relationships with healthcare technology professionals and connect consumers with key experts to answer their questions about the health innovations of today and in the future. The key goal of the partnership is to empower patients to better manage their own health and wellbeing by using the best new tech-enabled products, applications and services. Additionally, Sharecare and the WLSA will work together to increase consumer access to digital health technologies and provide educational initiatives on how to manage one’s health responsibly with personal data and direct communications to physicians in real-time via wireless, remote care.

“The WLSA bridges the gap between the technology, healthcare and consumer sectors and between industry, academia, government and foundations. While we connect these global communities to accelerate the development of better solutions for health problems, we must also engage and empower individuals to use them. Success in achieving our mission will come from partnering with like-minded people and organizations who believe that managing one’s health and wellness is our personal responsibility,” said Robert McCray, president and CEO of the WLSA. “A grassroots approach can have a global impact, which is why we are proud to partner with Sharecare – a forward thinking, action-oriented organization that is forging a path in personal health and wellness responsibility.”

As one of the many collaborative projects of the partnership, Sharecare and the WLSA will produce a dynamic and innovative video series featuring interviews with today’s foremost luminaries and leaders driving healthcare innovation over the next decade. “HealthMakers 250: Conversations on the Leading Edge” will launch in early 2013 and consist of a robust online repository of more than 2,000 HealthMakers interviews on Sharecare.com’s existing video channel.

About Sharecare

Sharecare is a health and wellness social media platform that connects people with top-ranking experts, ranging from doctors and specialists to hospitals, healthcare companies and health-conscious consumers. The power behind the site’s unique Q&A format is its collective wisdom, providing health-seeking consumers with answers reflecting multiple expert perspectives – greatly simplifying the search for quality information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice – simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.

About Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a trade association dedicated to improving health globally by accelerating the development of connected health solutions.  Its members and affiliates include global companies and start-ups, foundations and providers, scientists, and policy makers. The WLSA is committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health to create value, improve health and wellness for consumers, caregivers and all sectors of the life sciences and technology ecosystem. WLSA members and affiliates are creating wireless and connected health innovations to simplify the management of chronic conditions, preempt disease and improve lives around the world.

December 3, 2012 I Written By

Fovia Adds HDVR® Mobile to Medical and Dental OEM Offering

Customizable App Provides Increased Image Accessibility

Palo Alto, California, November 13, 2012 — Fovia, Inc., the developer of High Definition Volume Rendering® and a world leader in imaging technology, today announced the release of HDVR® Mobile, providing anytime, anywhere access to medical and dental 3D applications.  Following the success of Fovia’s HDVR® Connect, Fovia’s HDVR Mobile allows original equipment manufacturers to easily integrate and distribute advanced visualization applications on mobile devices.

HDVR Mobile’s intuitive interface is ideal for remote viewing by healthcare professionals, while its robust SDK feature set makes it easy for OEMs to customize interfaces for their target markets. Fovia’s scalable, CPU-based, thin-client technology provides critical information “on-the-fly” via the cloud, local networks, or as an integrated component of existing architectures.  With HDVR Mobile’s complete mobile imaging solution, Fovia’s OEM partners can significantly enhance their products by incorporating the advanced visualization “gold standard” into their proprietary workflows.

HDVR Mobile provides unprecedented quality and detail on high-resolution tablets and smartphones.  When combined with increased network performance, HDVR Mobile eliminates many of the constraints currently faced by doctors and dentists.  Fovia, a dedicated leader in imaging technology, remains at the forefront of advanced visualization applications by working with OEMs to develop mobile applications that improve bedside workflows, enhance patient education, supplement operating room decisions, and enable detailed surgical simulations.

Thomas Schiff, D.M.D., Professor Emeritus, and former Chair of the Radiology Department and Director of Clinical Research at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, stated, “The core value proposition of Fovia’s HDVR Mobile is that it enables more rapid and accurate decision-making by healthcare professionals.”  Dr. Schiff, a leading authority on dental volumetric imaging, and an internationally recognized contributor in the fields of dentistry and radiology, continued, “Universal access to High Definition Volume Rendering will significantly enhance medical and dental care by providing advanced visualization when and where it is most urgently needed.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the challenge of data explosion – the exponentially increasing amount of data being acquired by modern imaging modalities.  The firm has developed a CPU-based, High Definition Volume Rendering software solution that leverages and scales with multi-core, multi-processor and multi-threaded generational processor development.  Fovia’s HDVR Connect and HDVR Mobile solutions are more scalable, cost effective, flexible, and easily deployable on an enterprise-wide basis than GPU or other hardware-based approaches.  They can be easily and natively integrated into various original equipment manufacturers’ offerings, thereby enabling OEMs to deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.  More information can be found at www.fovia.com.

November 17, 2012 I Written By

FCC to Act on Key mHealth Task Force Recommendations to Spur Adoption of Wireless Health Technology

FCC CHAIRMAN ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION TO MEET TASK FORCE GOAL: USE OF mHEALTH SHOULD BE ROUTINE MEDICAL BEST PRACTICE WITHIN 5 YEARS

mHEALTH TASK FORCE RELEASES NEW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

On September 24, 2012, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced FCC plans to act on recommendations from a new mHealth Task Force report unveiled at an event hosted at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Chairman Genachowski also announced that the FCC would collaborate with its federal partners and the private sector to meet the mHealth Task Force’s goal that mHealth technology be a routine medical best practice within five years. At the event, the mHealth Task Force released its report outlining recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and to industry, to accelerate the adoption of mHealth technologies for improved health outcomes and reduced costs across the health care system.

  1. The independent mHealth Task Force released its recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and to industry, with the goal of making mHealth a routine medical best practice by 2017.

·         Recommendations include actions to increase interagency collaboration and information sharing, expand on existing programs to encourage mHealth adoption, and build on government and industry efforts to increase capacity, reliability, interoperability, and safety of mHealth technologies. The report can be accessed here: http://www.itif.org/events/recommendations-mhealth-task-force.

  1. Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC would take the following actions based on the mHealth Task Force report:

·        Five year goal: Work with industry and federal partners to reach the mHealth Task Force’s goal that mHealth technology become a routine medical best practice within five years.

·        Wireless health test beds: Consider an Order to streamline the FCC’s experimental licensing rules to promote and encourage the creation of wireless health device “test beds” to permit easier testing of mHealth technologies.

·        Health care broadband networks: Consider an Order to comprehensively reform and modernize the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, to include rules to permit networks of hospital and health care facilities to jointly apply for RHC Program funds to boost broadband capacity and enable electronic health records.

·        Telehealth data: As part of the RHC modernization Order, act to collect richer data on broadband and telehealth applications from RHC Program participants, enabling more targeted support for telemedicine.

·        International MBAN spectrum: The FCC’s International Bureau will work with FCC counterparts in other countries to encourage them to make spectrum available for MBANs and to discuss possible spectrum harmonization efforts to allow for medically safe cross-border patient travel and better economies of scale for device makers.

·        Outreach plan: Develop and execute a health care stakeholder outreach plan to those who may not be aware of FCC opportunities and procedures.

·        Health Care Director: Renew the search for a permanent FCC Health Care Director, to function as the central point of contact to external groups on all health-related issues.

  1. The mHealth Task Force is an independent effort, bringing together academic, industry, and government leaders to make recommendations to overcome barriers to the adoption of wireless health technologies.

·         In June 2012, the FCC held an mHealth Summit convening leaders from the health care technology industry, academia, and government to discuss the opportunities and challenges of mobile and wireless health products.

·         An outcome of this event was the creation of the mHealth Task Force, by participants, to research the barriers to rapid deployment of mHealth technology and develop recommendations to government and industry to address those barriers.

·         Representatives from Qualcomm, TheCarrot.com, and Partners HealthCare/Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) served as Co-chairs for the effort to research the barriers to rapid deployment of mHealth technology and present an industry-led plan to address those barriers.

·         The Task Force included participation from Alfred Mann Foundation, AT&T, CHRISTUS Health, George Washington University School of Medicine, Health Analytic Services, Inc. (The Carrot.com), iMedicalApps, Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), Medtronic, Inc., mHIMSS, Partners HealthCare Systems, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Verizon Communications, WellDoc Inc., and West Health.

  1. The FCC is committed to accelerating the adoption of mHealth technologies to improve health outcomes and lower health care costs.

·         Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs): In 2012, the FCC released an Order to allocate spectrum for Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs), making the U.S. the first country in the world to make spectrum available for this specific usage.[1] MBANs are networks of wireless sensors, often no bigger than a Band-Aid, which can transmit data on a patient’s vital health indicators to their doctor or hospital.

·         Medical Micropower Networks (MMNs): In 2011, the FCC adopted rules to enable a new generation of wireless medical devices that can be used to restore functions to paralyzed limbs.  MMNs are ultra-low power wideband networks consisting of transmitters implanted in the body that take the place of damaged nerves, restoring sensation and mobility.

·         FCC-FDA Memorandum of Understanding: In 2010, the FCC entered into an unprecedented partnership with the Food and Drug Administration, working together to ensure that communications-related medical innovations can swiftly and safely be brought to market.

·         Rural Health Care Reform: The FCC initiated the Rural Health Care (RHC) Pilot program to harness the potential of broadband health care networks to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care in rural areas, and to inform the redesign of its permanent RHC program. The FCC plans to act by the end of the year on permanent reforms to the program.

THE HEALTH CARE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION

  1. Mobile and wireless health technology can increase efficiency and improve care delivery throughout the health care system.

·         Improved quality of care: Continuous monitoring gives physicians a more comprehensive view of a patient’s condition.  Automatic alerts allow physicians to intervene or modify treatment before a patient’s condition becomes life-threatening.

o   Patients who used a mobile phone tracking system received regular, tailored self-care messages and were able to achieve significant reduction in blood sugar levels over a one-year long study.[2]

    • Geisinger Medical Center tested a “medical home” initiative among Medicare patients and found an 8 percent drop in hospital admissions and a 4 percent reduction in overall health costs over the first year.[3] The program utilizes text messaging and other technology to increase patients’ adherence to their treatment regimens.
    • A recent trial found that mobile technology contributed to increased health among participants.[4]  Another recent study found that a diabetes smartphone app, combined with text messaging from a health care provider, significantly improved health indicators for diabetes patients.[5]

·         Increased health care cost savings:

    • mHealth can reduce the costs of medical care among the elderly by 25%, by reducing the number of face to-face consultations needed, and allowing seniors to live independently and spend more time at home, instead of more expensive hospital stays.[6]
    • Accessing health records wirelessly and remotely increases efficiency and avoids duplication, leading to savings of up to 30% in administrative costs.[7]

·         mHealth usage is growing: By 2020, “at least 160 million Americans will be monitored and treated remotely for at least one chronic condition” according to Nerac, a Connecticut research firm.

    • Increased adoption of mHealth could lead to more cost savings.  Only 15 percent of the 560,000 doctors in America used digital technology to order medication for patients, as of 2010.  Moving to electronic prescriptions could save $29 billion over the next decade.[8]
    • Americans want to integrate technology with their health care: 77 percent said they would like to receive email reminders for doctor’s visits, 75 percent would prefer to schedule a doctor’s visit online, and 74 percent would like to be able to email directly with their doctor.[9]
    • Over 11 million Americans use home glucose monitors.[10]

 PREPARED REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI

mHEALTH TASK FORCE EVENT

THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON, D.C.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

This topic – leveraging all our resources to improve medical care – is one I’ve cared about for a long time.  In college I taught CPR, got certified as an EMT, and worked with the Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance team.

To make a little spending money, I also worked for a private ambulance service in New York City.  Now that was something.  One of the drivers I worked with loved nothing more than driving the wrong way up one-way avenues in Manhattan.

I decided that law and business might be a wiser career path for me.  But I’ve always admired the men and women who made health care a career choice.

Since I became Chairman, the FCC has been working to harness the power of modern communications technologies to improve the quality of health care, lower costs, and save lives.

Over the past four years we’ve seen a steady stream of new examples of the ways wireless technology can transform medicine.

Just this month, researchers at Stanford unveiled a tiny new pacemaker so small it could fit on the head of a pin.  Instead of using batteries for power, the pacemaker is charged by a wireless transmitter from outside the body, avoiding the need for battery packs that require surgery to replace.

Earlier this year, those same researchers developed a medical sensor so tiny it could float through a patient’s blood vessels, powered by the patient’s own pulse.  Applications of the technology include everything from diagnostic tests to minimally invasive surgeries.

Just last week, the West Health Institute announced that it is licensing technology to wirelessly monitor high-risk pregnancies in remote clinics.

Technologies like this Sense4Baby system could result in healthier babies and mothers, and result in hundreds of millions in cost savings.

And today, products like a “smart” pill box can send wireless automatic reminders to a patient to take her daily medication, and alert her physician or family members if she skips it.

Wireless remote monitoring increases independence, mobility, and comfort for patients within the hospital or at home—and companies are innovating to create smaller, better, more reliable monitors every day.

The FCC has already taken a number of actions to enable our health care system to seize the opportunities of mHealth, which is shorthand for mobile and wireless health technologies

In 2010, we issued our country’s first National Broadband Plan, which identified health care as an area of enormous promise for broadband-enabled innovation.  The plan includes a chapter of recommendations on health care, which we have worked to implement.

As recommended by the Broadband Plan, we entered into an unprecedented partnership with the Food and Drug Administration to help ensure that communications-related medical innovations can swiftly and safely be brought to market.

Collaboration with other federal agencies is incredibly important. We have a strong ongoing relationship with HHS and I’ve discussed many times with Secretary Sibelius how to harness the opportunity of broadband in health care and I look forward to continuing those discussions.

Last November, the Commission dedicated spectrum for Medical Micropower Networks, which have the potential – literally – to enable paraplegics to stand and to restore sight to the blind.

And just a few months ago, we adopted new rules to become the first country in the world to allocate spectrum for Medical Body Area Network, or MBAN, devices.

MBANs provide a cost-effective way to monitor patients wirelessly, providing more information to physicians and giving patients mobility and greater independence.

Soon after the MBAN announcement in June, I convened an mHealth Summit with senior executives and leaders from the health care technology industry, academia, and government to discuss the new opportunities and challenges of mobile and wireless health products.

The overarching goals of the summit were improving the quality of care, lowering costs, and saving lives though mHealth technology.

We asked the group for specific ideas on how to remove barriers to harnessing this technology for the greater good—interoperability, reliability, connectivity, privacy, and security, just to name a few.

An outcome of this convening was the creation of a Task Force by the participants to develop recommendations to accelerate the adoption of mHealth technology.

Over the summer of 2012, this independent mHealth Task Force set priorities and conducted extensive industry outreach, while adding members along the way.  Throughout this process, the Co-Chairs held numerous meetings, collaborated in an online environment, and met with other experts across the sector.

The result is that today, we take another step forward with the release of the mHealth Task Force’s report.

This report identifies key barriers to broader mHealth adoption and makes recommendations to the FCC, other federal agencies, and industry.

The report also proposes a bold and important national goal, which today I’m challenging public and private sector leaders to work together to achieve: make the use of mHealth technology a routine medical best practice within five years.

Furthermore, I’m proud to announce that the FCC will take the following actions to implement key recommendations in today’s report:

First, the FCC will consider an Order by the end of this year to streamline our experimental licensing rules to promote and encourage the creation of wireless health “test beds” to permit easier testing of mHealth devices.

Second, the FCC will consider an Order by the end of this year to comprehensively reform and modernize the Rural Health Care Program, including to permit networks of hospitals and health care facilities to jointly apply for program funds in order to boost broadband capacity and enable electronic health records.  The Order will also advance the Task Force’s recommendation to collect richer data on broadband and telehealth to enable better targeting of program support.

Third, I will direct the International Bureau to work with FCC counterparts in other countries to encourage them to make spectrum available for MBANs and to discuss possible spectrum harmonization to allow for medically safe cross-border patient travel and better economies of scale for device makers.  This builds on discussions already begun with regulators in Europe and Mexico on these topics.

Fourth, the FCC will develop and execute a health care stakeholder outreach plan to promote greater collaboration between the FCC and the health care sector on policies at the intersection of communications and health.

And finally, we will recruit a permanent FCC Health Care Director, a position that functions as the central point of contact to external groups on all health-related issues.

In addition to these important steps, I’ve asked my staff to review and present a plan for addressing the report’s other recommendations.

I look forward to working with you to put these proposals into practice, to improve the quality of care while cutting health system costs.

Thanks again to all the members of the Task Force for your outstanding work.

September 25, 2012 I Written By

Sprint BYOD Management Now Available for Businesses

Simplifying management and security for companies handling a diverse mix of multicarrier mobile devices; incorporates elements required to manage employee-owned devices used in the workplace

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Aug. 27, 2012 –With the consumerization of mobile devices and services, more businesses are adopting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs and they need a simple approach to manage the security, administration and shared costs associated with this complex challenge.

Sprint (NYSE: S) recently launched a solution, BYOD Management, to address these key challenges of IT organizations and deliver cost savings while allowing employees to use their preferred device for work purposes to be more productive.

This new turnkey solution helps companies deploy and manage elements of a BYOD program, such as:

  • Defining and enforcing compliance of BYOD policies within the workforce.
  • Being able to confidently secure corporate data on employee-owned devices with mobile device management and security (MDM&S) capabilities.
  • Managing the process for employees to be reimbursed for mobile devices and/or services that align with company policies.
  • Detailed reporting/analysis to keep track of BYOD employees and devices.
  • Offering a customized Web portal to make it easy for employees to learn more, opt-in and register their personal device for the program.

“IT management has told us about their challenge to stay focused on key priorities while also securing corporate data and managing a dynamic environment where employees use a variety of mobile devices from multiple carriers. Our new BYOD Management service is a simple, turnkey solution that eliminates this challenge by bringing together key elements from our Device Management and Mobility Management offers and adding the critical features needed to manage a BYOD environment,” said John Dupree, vice president of business sales, Sprint. “Along with our focus on helping businesses solve their mobile security and management needs, they can feel assured about Sprint’s commitment to network innovation, which will help meet the growing mobile data demands of business.”

Sprint is teaming with Vision Wireless, a leading mobile solutions provider, to offer BYOD Management. For more information about this and other mobility solutions, visit www.sprint.com/itsecurity.

Sprint BYOD Management is the latest addition to Sprint Professional Mobility Services. This portfolio of enterprise-grade managed services was designed to meet any business customers’ unique needs, from providing a greater level of security and management of devices and applications via Sprint Device Management to handling the complexity of cross-carrier expenses, deployment, lifecycle, policy management and dedicated support with Sprint Mobility Management.

Teaming with trusted, leading companies to deliver these services, Sprint Professional Mobility Services offers multiple options to help solve the challenges of any type and size of organization across a multicarrier environment.

Sprint Mobile Security and Network leadership

Sprint is committed to comprehensively addressing mobile security for businesses and consumers, and to developing and raising awareness of security and protection solutions. In 2011 Sprint launched the Mobile Security Council  to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Lookout, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Motorola Mobility along with its subsidiary 3LM, and Samsung.

In addition, to ensure that demand for connectivity for mobility solutions will be met, Sprint has embarked on a multiyear network initiative, Network Vision, designed to enhance customers’ network experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects to complete the majority of Network Vision by the end of 2013.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

September 18, 2012 I Written By

Independa, IDEAL LIFE to Provide Plug-and-Play Health Monitoring for Independent Elderly and Their Caregivers

Independa™ is incorporating IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products into its growing set of tools for caring remotely for independent older adults. IDEAL LIFE devices, including scales, glucometers and medication dispensers, as well as its wireless hub, will become part of the Independa Artemis™ solution.

Professional caregivers and the elderly will be able to easily connect the IDEAL LIFE elements with other Artemis components for tracking health, safety and activity. This will come in handy, for instance, when a person returns home from the hospital or moves to an independent living facility. Caregivers won’t have to function as IT integrators; they’ll be free to focus on doing what they do best.

Independa Artemis Solution to Incorporate IDEAL LIFE Glucometers, Medication Dispensers, Other Devices and Wireless Hub

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1, 2012 – Home health, home care and other professional caregivers face a bewildering array of options for monitoring the independent elderly, and they often have to play integrator to make disparate devices work together. A new agreement between Independa™ and IDEAL LIFE will help avoid that hassle, time and expense by providing caregivers and caregiving organizations a suite of solutions that are connected and ready to use right out of the box.

Independa will integrate IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products – including scales, glucometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, medication dispensers and a wireless hub – into the Independa Artemis™ solution.

Caregivers and the independent elderly will simply unpack and power up the devices, which will automatically connect wirelessly to other Artemis elements. This turnkey out-of-the-box experience is ideal for quickly establishing monitoring systems, such as when a person returns home after surgery or moves into an independent living facility.

Artemis, scheduled for general availability this fall, will feature a wide selection of health, safety and activity sensors, with support for a variety of healthcare communications protocols. Artemis will be offered through Independa partners, including home health, home care and senior living providers that want to provide next-generation telecare services.

“Technology is a means to achieve longer and better independent living, more cost-effective care and peace of mind,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Through our relationship with IDEAL LIFE, technology will fade into the background the moment caregivers and the older adults open the box. In the process, our companies are setting the standard for integrated, cloud-based telecare and eliminating a major barrier to adoption.”

“Many IDEAL LIFEand Independa customers were searching for such a complete and plug-and-play solution, urging our companies to work together,” said IDEAL LIFE President Jason Goldberg. “The integration of IDEAL LIFE solutions into Artemis creates an innovative platform that meets this need by providing a turnkey experience allowing caregivers to focus on what they do best.”

For more information about Artemis and the rest of Independa’s telecare portfolio, visit http://independa.com/solutions. For more information about IDEAL LIFE’s health and wellness products, visit www.ideallifeonline.com/products.

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

Web: http://www.independa.com
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About IDEAL LIFE

IDEAL LIFE, the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the IDEAL LIFE program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, IDEAL LIFE provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.

The easy-to-use IDEAL LIFE system utilizes digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant system has, for example, been proven to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.

August 20, 2012 I Written By