News 12/17/09

12-17-2009 12-43-47 PM

Google is planning to market and sell its own Android phone – “Nexus One”. According to insiders, Google has entered into an agreement with HTC to build the phones. This follows much speculation after reports emerged last week that Google had distributed test devices to employees involved in the project. Analysts are aflutter interpreting the implications – Is Google moving in on the mobile ad frontier; what does this mean to device manufactures, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and others who are building devices with Android? Perhaps Google’s just not happy with the pace of Android penetration… Just when it looked like the iPhone flurry had slowed to a steady downpour.

Busy couple of weeks for PatientKeeper – $13 million financing round; win a deal at Butler Health System in PA ; and CEO, Paul Brient, to present at Piper Jaffray’s 21st Annual Healthcare Conference. The current round of financing brings the total to $88 million invested to date. Will the ARRA spectacle carry the Company to an IPO next year?

Epocrates expanded its iPhone offerings to include Epocrates Essentials Deluxe. For those keeping score, that includes: Drug Information, OTC Medications, Drug Interactions, Disease Information, Medical Billing Codes, Medical Dictionary, Infectious Disease, Diagnostic/Lab Tests, Alternative Medicines, Pill ID, Tables/Calcs… or, better described “a bunch of cool stuff.”

Allscripts announces remote EHR support for Blackberry devices. The Company announced support for the iPhone back in April. According to the Company, features include: access to real-time patient summary information; fast communication to local hospital emergency rooms (because it’s a phone?); ePrescribing to any pharmacy; and real-time access to medical history, lab results and medications.

3M has released its Mobile Dictation Software for Blackberry and Windows Mobile smartphones.

Thomson Reuters has announced version 2.0 of its Micromedex clinical decision support software… available on January 21, 2010. Is the point of an early December announcement of a late January release to satisfy a January 1 target date? I don’t think it works that way. The major improvement – apparently you get all of Micromedex’s great content, but now it will be easy to find. I wish I could say the same for their website.

Great 3 part article by Brett Pollard at AlertPresence. Title says it all, “’My Doctor Sucks’ and Other Tweets I Found”. Not many doctors have time to think about social media. Unfortunate for them, many patients do.

An interesting article in For The Record evaluating the impact of new communication tools in healthcare, including the possibility of SMS (“texting”) from physician to patient. After having a good chuckle over the idea of MD’s texting patients, it occurred how nice it would be for physicians if patients were forced to limit their comments to 160 character bursts. In fact, a great strategy to double patient volume might be to issue cell phones to patients when they walk into the exam room.

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