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Wireless Health and mHealth Ecosystem Update – November 27, 2010

November 28, 2010

I sent the following announcement to 4,100 Wireless Health LinkedIn group members on November 27, 2010:

Wireless Health and mHealth Ecosystem Update

From my perspective, these are four of the more noteworthy recent items in the global Wireless Health and mHealth ecosystem. (All links go directly to original news sources.)

1 – Industry thought leaders repudiated the overreaching conclusions expressed in a recently released study of remote patient monitoring, née telemedicine.

Testing Technology vs. Enabling a System of Chronic Care – Results of the NIH Tele-HF Trial
Dr. Randy Williams, CEO at Pharos Innovations,

Remote Cardiac Monitoring: The Debate Begins
Jon Linkous, CEO at American Telemedicine Association

Passive, Telephone-Based Telemedicine is Hardly Common Sense
Neil Versel, Journalist, FierceMobileHealthcare

Why Remote Patient Monitoring Is Overhyped
Dr. Harlan Krumholz, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy) at Yale University
(Note that the original title substituted the term “Telemedicine” for “Remote Patient Monitoring”)

2 – I was delighted to see that Fujitsu and NTT DOCOMO launched the first Continua-certified mobile phones. As Rick Cnossen, President at Continua Health Alliance points out in the associated group discussion: “This is great news and allows connectivity to any of the Continua-certified Bluetooth devices (e.g. weight scale, blood pressure monitor, pedometer). This is a great example of mobile health emerging from demonstrations and trials into real production usages from major industry companies (note: Docomo is the major carrier for Japan). In addition to this, BlueZ Linux is about to incorporate open source building blocks for Continua and Bluetooth capabilities that should accelerate additional solutions like this.”

3 – Nick Hunn attended the Medica health care and medical technology and products industry tradeshow in Düsseldorf and posted a very concise report on the preponderance of Bluetooth wireless solutions on display, the distinct lack of interoperability (most used proprietary protocols, not Bluetooth’s Health Device Profile and IEEE 11073 Device Specializations), and the dearth of solutions utilizing mobile phones.

4 – Also, there’s this neat, bite-sized video “What is mHealth?”, compiled from interviews at the recent mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. It was fun to see so many group members providing snippets on mHealth and its diverse impact across the continuum of clinical healthcare and consumer health.

Lastly, I’m excited and honored to be serving as a consultant on the “Wireless Health Innovation Challenge”, a program administered by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement and sponsored by the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and Qualcomm’s Health & Life Sciences. This is a regional initiative that will provide funding and business mentoring services to selected southern California university and research institute faculty and graduate student researchers who are developing novel technologies and inventions in the field of wireless healthcare.

Best regards,


Paul Sonnier

Founder, Wireless Health group on LinkedIn

Co-Chair, Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego

Managing Director, Wireless Health Strategies

LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog
For additional ecosystem resources, including a listing of Events, Organizations, Articles, Books, Reports, Videos, Funding Opps, and other information, please visit my Wireless Health Strategies website:

P.S. If I’m not already one of your connections on LinkedIn, please send me an invite. My email is, if needed.


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