News 12/21/09

12-20-2009 1-10-28 AM

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the adoption of Bluetooth® low-energy wireless technology, which is the hallmark feature of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0. Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit industry coalition focused on establishing a system of interoperable personal telehealth solutions, has already voted to include the Bluetooth low energy wireless technology specification in Version Two of its design guidelines.

Unbound Medicine has announced the release of Evidence Central™, an integrated, evidence-based solution with content from its partner, Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Skyscape, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Physicians Interactive, has announced support of Google’s Android operating system. The Skyscape Android Reader comes with 3 free resources (RxDrugs, Outlines in Clinical Medicine, and the Archimedes set of calculators) and provides access to hundreds of others.

Emerging Solutions in Pain, a leading source for pain medicine health information, has released ESP Mobile, a free iPhone medical application for health care professions involved in pain management or addiction medicine.

UnitedHealthcare has released DocGPS, an iPhone app that helps users locate in-network physicians and facilities using the device’s GPS functionality. Clearly a useful tool – look for other major carriers to follow in short order. But am I missing something?

12-20-2009 1-34-24 AM

NHS Near v1.0 for Android does essentially the same thing, except for ALL NHS services throughout the entire UK. Poor blokes have apparently stumbled on healthcare salvation and couldn’t even muster up a press release.

12-20-2009 12-42-20 AM

Speaking of salvation, it looks like there is finally some consensus on healthcare reform. “Death Panel” a non-political, non-partisan healthcare reform trivia game for the iPhone has been generating a lot of buzz lately. The game questions players on a number of healthcare facts and statistics (which are based on third-party government-documented data). Is the goal to make us feel as dumb as a politician without the public humiliation? No, players are encouraged to share their results with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

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