At ATA, Toronto-based Ideal Life officially introduced its Ideal Life Mobile Pod. They claim this is the first device to provide universal mobile connectivity to transmit telehealth data to cell phones, tablets, PDAs, and PCs. It’s compatible with cell phones, tablets, PDAs, and computers from Apple (including the iPad), AT&T, Cricket, Google, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Virgin Mobile. But as Liz Boehm of Forrester Research points out in Information Week, enhanced connectivity and being part of a ‘full response medical bag’ (World Health Congress) still doesn’t address the greatest limiting factor to growth–reimbursement and mutual responsibility (physician AND patient) for outcomes. Release
Ideal Life’s ‘universal connectivity’
It is interesting- Ideal Life’s 510(k) approval only allows for analog phone lines. Are they in violation of FDA rules- or is it not yet available in US market?
Re: Ideal Life’s universal connectivity
As a current user of Ideal Life products, they have both class I (510k exempt products) and class II products that have been approved by the FDA. Additionally, their products are approved for both analog and Ethernet connectivity. Lastly, their new cellular phone application being used with class I products (exempt from 510(k) requirement) is a very useful tool.