Physical by Smartphone

Companies are developing miniature medical devices that tap the power of smartphones so you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s office.

Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading.
Heart OK? Put your fingers in the right spot, and the squiggly rhythm of an EKG appears on the phone’s screen.

Plug in a few more devices and you could have photos of your eardrum and the back of your eye, listen to your heartbeat, chart your lung function, even get a sonogram.

This mobile medicine also might help doctors care for patients in new ways. For more, check out the video below from last month’s TedMed conference in Washington, DC and click through to learn more about how Verizon is using technology to improve healthcare

Introducing Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award

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Last week, Verizon launched its Powerful Answers Award, an effort to discover ideas that deliver the best new solutions in three core areas of focus: education, healthcare and sustainability. The program is intended to spark innovative thinking and problem solving across industries and to generate ideas, solutions and answers for some of the world’s biggest challenges.


Winners, who will be announced in 2014 CES, will be chosen in each core focus area, with the top prize being $1 million and additional prizes of $850,000, $700,000, $500,000 and $285,000. Full details can be found on www.powerfulanswersaward.com or follow the conversation on twitter @VZWNews and use #VZPAA

Infographic: mHealth to Grow Significantly Over the Next Five Years


By 2020, 160 million Americans will be monitored and treated remotely for at least one chronic condition. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), mobile health technology, or “mHealth,” should be fully incorporated into the healthcare industry at every level by 2017. This includes adoption of not only mHealth, solutions, but also technologies that will improve patient care and efficiency throughout the industry. Check out the below infographic for more on “mHealth.”

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Innovations in Wireless Technology Help America’s Senior Citizens

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A recent report by Georgetown University found that 80 percent of senior citizen households surveyed have wireless service. Wireless sensors placed throughout a home can help an older person retain his or her independence, while easing the concerns of families and caregivers. The PERs+ solution from Healthsense uses sensors to detect whether doors are opened or closed or a toilet is flushed to provide information about the resident’s activity.

Another innovative technology that takes advantage of fast wireless networks is the Healthcare Access Tablet. Developed by BL Healthcare, the tablet brings a healthcare professional directly into an senior citizen’s home via video conferencing over 4G LTE. By connecting accessories to the device, the tablet can monitor and report vital signs, including blood pressure and oxygen levels, and reduce the number of visits to the doctor’s office.

Click through to learn more about how 4G LTE technology is helping seniors and keeping families, caregivers and physicians connected.

Verizon Wireless Is Putting Home Health Care On The Network!

Read a fascinating article on the initiatives that connect wireless sensors, smartphones, tablets and computers to  improve care of chronic illnesses.

At the recent mHealth Summit in suburban Washington, D.C., both Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm announced their entry into sensor- and smartphone-based wireless patient care systems.Verizon’s Digital Healthcare Suite connects sensors, which are supplied by a variety companies, in the home or an assisted-living facility.

The information collected by the sensors can be transmitted in near real-time to doctors and health care providers, and to insurance companies or other payers. Two-way communication is carried out by video conference, text, chat or email on smartphones, tablets or PCs. Verizon hopes that the prospect of lower costs through better care management will encourage insurers to support the system.