AT&T and Emerson have teamed up to develop “smart” mobile workstations that will allow healthcare providers to access treatment information and update patient medical records more easily.
The telecoms giant is working with InterMetro, a subsidiary of manufacturing giant Emerson (St Louis, MO, USA) that specializes in storage and transport products for the food service, commercial and healthcare industries.
The two companies plan to combine AT&T’s (Dallas, TX, USA) M2M services with wirelessly connected mobile workstations developed by InterMetro.
Toshiba Corp plans to spend billions of dollars on mergers and acquisitions to boost annual sales in its healthcare division to 1 trillion yen ($9.78 billion) by March 2018, President Hisao Tanaka said on Thursday.
The Japanese conglomerate sees healthcare as key to its growth. It aims to raise the sector's revenues by 50 percent to 600 billion yen in the business year to March 2016 and wants its operating profit margin to reach over 10 percent within the same period.
Sales of mobile connected health devices – such as blood pressure monitors and personal weighing scales – are taking off in Europe, according to new data from GfK.
The market-research company said sales of mobile-connected blood pressure monitors in Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands were 42% higher last year than in 2012.
Meanwhile, sales of connected personal weighing scales were up by 88%.
Royal Philips is to provide telemonitoring services to Partners HealthCare at Home, a home health provider in Massachusetts, with the aim of reducing readmissions and improving clinical oversight for newly discharged patients.
The technology means that nursing staff from Partners (Waltham, MA, USA) can remotely monitor a patient’s health by tracking vital signs.
Industrial giant GE says it has completed the takeover of API Healthcare it announced it late January.
GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) believes the acquisition of API (Hartford, WI, USA) will help it expand its portfolio of Hospital Operations Management services, which are intended to provide hospitals with real-time access to operational data.
By allow hospitals to better manage the scheduling, flow and availability of staff, patients and assets, real-time monitoring is expected to lead to significant productivity gains.
Apple Inc is looking at cars and medical devices to diversify its sources of revenue as growth from iPhones and iPads slow, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.
Apple's (Cupertino, CA, USA) head of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla Motors Inc (Palo Alto, CA, USA) founder Elon Musk at the company's headquarters last year around the same time analysts suggested that Apple acquire the Model S electric car maker, the newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a source.
Remote cardiac event monitors are becoming an increasingly attractive means of cutting expenditure in cardiology, with spending on cardiovascular disease expected to increase from a figure of $273 billion in 2010, according to IHS Research.
The market-research company says that high healthcare expenditure is rooted in inefficient systems, with medical staff’s time taken by administrative tasks, and that healthcare IT could help to improve efficiency.
Heart-rate and activity monitoring products dominated shipments of wearable wireless devices in 2013, according to a study from ABI Research.
According to the market-research player, heart-rate monitoring remains the post popular device functionality – more than 12 million devices allowing users to monitor their heart rate were shipped in 2013.
Most of these were what ABI Research calls “single function devices” that communicate with nearby hubs, such as smartphones or activity sports watches.
A startup backed by the University of Michigan says it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin selling its patient-monitoring software to hospitals.
AlertWatch (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) – which says its goal is to help anesthesia providers monitor patients in the operating room – has developed software that aggregates data from physiological monitors, anesthesia records, lab results and medical history to produce a real-time display of a patient’s condition.
M2M platform provider Axeda claims to have developed a service that will allow medical product manufacturers to deploy connected products at hospitals and healthcare organizations in the UK in compliance with government rules on machine-data protection.
The M2M company has developed the service in partnership with managed hosting specialist Hytec (Oxford, UK), and says it will reduce the cost and complexity associated with connecting to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) network in a secure way.