Will wireless and mobile technologies be as transformative to healthcare as the automobile was to transportation a century ago? At least one person close to the geographical epicenter thinks so.
"Wireless health and mobile health [mHealth] solutions are creating a new personalized health paradigm, comprised of self-empowered consumers who are more connected to and in better control of their own health [and their family's] and remotely-linked into our healthcare systems," writes San Diego-based healthcare consultant Paul Sonnier in San Diego Source/The Daily Transcript. "On the provider side, doctors and nurses are receiving targeted information to make better decisions while extending their reach beyond the physical bounds of the hospital. While hard to believe in this world of ever-escalating healthcare costs, wireless health achieves the paradoxical goals of improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes while lowering costs."
Well, sure, FierceMobileHealthcare readers know this. And many probably know Sonnier, who has become a regular at industry events and in some of the reader comments of this newsletter.
What you may not be aware of, however, is that Conshohocken, Pa.-based CardioNet, developer of the CardioNet Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry, the first wireless health device to earn FDA approval, was founded in San Diego. And that Corventis, which gained FDA clearance for its wireless cardiac arrhythmia monitor early this year, grew out of a San Diego-based incubator called PhiloMetron.
According to Sonnier, PhiloMetron is getting ready to spin out another company, one that makes "smart Band-Aids" for weight management and personal fitness. Put some of those into the retail market and you might just have the start of a revolution.
- read Sonnier's commentary in the San Diego Source/The Daily Transcript