Samsung’s SAMI: A promising step for mobile health wearables

The mobile healthcare market faces some enormous challenges including regulation and the development of complex new business models. But Samsung’s SAMI could be a big step in what is sure to be a very long journey to mass-market adoption.

NFC: While payments struggle, other segments will thrive

NFC has seen enormous hype as a vehicle for mobile payments, but the technology has yet to see any real uptake in major global markets. NFC-enabled handsets are beginning to come to market in a big way, though, laying the foundation for other uses.

Priceline for health? PokitDok launches on mobile

One of the latest startups aiming to bring comparison shopping to health, PokitDok this week launched a new mobile app that lets consumers search for local healthcare and wellness providers to find prices that match their budgets.

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InformationWeek reports this morning that the University of Missouri is expanding a program that uses wireless sensors to detect diseases in their early stages. The technology, which the school has used for seven years at a facility in Columbia, uses “environmentally embedded sensors” to measure subtle changes in pulse, respiration and restlessness to warn care-givers of the onset of pneumonia or other illnesses. And while that technology can be invaluable, it’s just the tip of the iceberg: It won’t be long before we’re using similar offerings to monitor our health at home, in the office and on the go.

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Kaiser Permanente made headlines this morning with the release of a smartphone app that enables its 9 million patients to access their own healthcare information on the go. While the news may not be all that surprising in an era where new mobile sites come online everyday, the stakes are higher for Kaiser given the highly sensitive data it is charged with keeping. Enabling users to do things like fill prescriptions and e-mail their doctors from their handsets is a great marketing strategy, and it’s one Kaiser would be wise to advertise aggressively. But as we enter the promising new world of mobile healthcare, those are features that more and more organizations will be rolling out to their users.

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The New York Times has a forward-looking piece this morning examining how Apple, Google and others are pursuing connected devices. Apple, for instance, is reportedly developing a curved-glass iPod designed to be worn on the wrist and communicates to the user’s iPhone via Siri. Indeed, the smartphone “is going to be the hub of our information sharing and gathering,” according to the piece. That makes sense for a wide range of devices, from healthcare monitors to, say, augmented reality headsets. So your dependence on your smartphone is likely to be much bigger than you ever imagined.

How the Eatery app will use its healthy helping of data

Massive Health, the San Francisco startup aimed at tackling health care problems with innovative mobile apps, launched its first iPhone app called Eatery on Tuesday. In the 48 hours since then, the company has been hit with a flood of data about its users’ eating behavior.

TechStars Boston Demo Day highlights health start-ups

TechStars’ Boston class came of age today at their demo day capping off a frenzied three-month program that has produced a strong, business-focused class that was especially memorable for its health component. Here’s a look at a handful of the startups that caught my eye.

Home Health Monitoring is Big Business

Remote health monitoring generated €7.6 billion globally in 2010, an amount destined to grow as this nascent area of healthcare is used more heavily in the future. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiac conditions and asthma are successfully treated wtih home monitoring using mobile technology.