This Week in Electronics: Waiting for a Highly Successful mHealth App; Implantable User Interfaces for Medical Devices

Why There Hasn't Been a Homerun mHealth App

The mobile health movement has generated huge buzz over the last several years with its promise of bringing better, more personalized care at a cheaper cost to a wider number of engaged consumers. So it’s only natural to wonder if and when mHealth will give birth to its own Instagram. It hasn’t happened yet but it’s “a virtual certainty” that it will, said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life and a 25-year technology veteran.
Medcity News

FDA Needs Tracking System

Right now, the FDA depends mostly on voluntary reports from doctors, patients, manufacturers and hospitals to notify them of problems with devices already on the market. The agency does have some power to require manufacturers to conduct further studies or track a particular device once it is sold. But many devices don't get that level of surveillance.

Medical Device Makers Partner with Wireless Providers

Several companies, including medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, have struck deals with major wireless carriers to support a new generation of products that incorporate sensors, accelerometers, GPS and technologies that use cell towers to help triangulate positions and locate people.
USA Today

Medical Laser Manufacturer Says Device Tax Will Kill Profits

A tax on medical devices approved in 2010 as part of federal health care reform legislation would wipe out all of the profits Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics Corp. expects to make this year when the tax takes effect next year, a top company executive said Friday.
The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Implantable User Interfaces for Devices on the Horizon

Researchers who are testing implanted user interfaces say the appliances will enable people who have implanted medical devices such as pacemakers to recharge and reprogram them without the use of wireless transmissions, which are considered vulnerable to hacking.
Information Week


Jamie Hartford is the associate editor of MED and MD+DI. Follow her on Twitter @readMED.