FDA approves HealthPal – Bluetooth Device that Collects from Other Reporting Devices and Sends Information to PHR – HealthVault
Posted Jun 05 2009 10:43pm
This sounds like a solution for the individual who may only have a very basic cell phone and wants a simple device to collect all the information before being sent off to the server. Yes, we have more Bluetooth here. I guess you could call this the Mother monitor for all the children devices to report to. For those who find a Blackberry, Windows Mobile or iPhone too much to handle, it appears this device could work, or if you don’t want individual devices reporting to a cell phone, the trade off is carrying 2 devices, but it’s all about choice and what you feel works for you.
The PHR connections are here too with HealthVault and Google Health, and actually some of their first devices connected to the PHRs with a cell phone directly. Nice that we have wireless now so everything talks to each other. The only thing missing is an MD portal for the doctor’s side to group all his patient data from various sources together to import into an EHR.
Good study going on at the link above at UCLA with participatory sensing, to put together an intelligent solution and hopefully contribute to meaningful use, as the data reporting medical devices keep emerging on the scene. If not organized and done properly with getting the data at the receiving end, we would be defeating our purpose here as the transmission should be funneled to one location where the patient is still in control and not sent directly to wellness or any insurance carriers without explicit permission given. BD
The FDA announced today that wireless remote monitoring system HealthPAL, which MedApss developed, has received 510(k) clearance, according to an email from the company.
“M2M is cellular technology that enables non-cell phone devises to establish communications using GSM, CDMA or other mobile phone transmission standards. MedApps embeds M2M chips into its products that transmit health monitoring data from remote patients to health care providers - eliminating the need for monitoring equipment to be connected to telephone lines or requiring patients to buy expensive, proprietary cell phones for handling data transmissions.”
HealthPAL is the small, portable dedicated device that MedApps uses to collect data from connected glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and weight scales. The data is then sent over a secure server to an online portal like Microsoft’s HealthVault or Google Health for caregivers, physicians or the patient themselves to view. The video below gives a few more details.