News 9/29/10

SaaS-based EMR vendor ClearPractice releases Nimble EMR, designed specifically for the iPad. The EMR works over 3G or WiFi. The first 500 providers to sign up get a free iPad.

West Wireless Health Institute names Dr. Mohit Kaushal EVP of business development and chief strategy officer.  Dr. Kaushal was formally Director of Connected Health at the FCC.

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iPhone/iPad Healthcare News 9/27/10

Sanofi-Aventis and AgaMatrix introduce the first-ever medical device — the iBGStar — that physically plugs into the iPhone and iPod Touch, at the annual EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) conference. Pending FDA review, the highly compact device is expected to be available in January 2011 and can be used separately and/or with the free iBGStar Diabetes Manager app.

Dean Clinic becomes the first healthcare organization in the country to offer its patients mobile access to Epic-based medical records with an iPhone app — MyChart.

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News 9/24/10

Sanofi-aventis and AgaMatrix jointly unveil iBGStar, which is a glucose monitor attachment for the iPhone/iPod. The device facilitates communication to providers and provides feedback and reminders, turning the Apple mobile devices into medical devices.

Growing concern is voiced about consumers seeking medical advice through Google searches, which, according to the article, is the number two most influential source of health information after a physician. 

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News 9/17/10

Pew Institute’s Susannah Fox declares that access to information is now ubiquitous and goes on to say, “Mobile is changing us, changing our frame of reference so that we see information as portable, personalized, and participatory … Build on the new frontier. Build on the power of mobile”. The  very well written article (lengthy for those with short attention spans) outlines how far we’ve come in terms of access to information and where we go from here.

Motorola unveils (also reported on here and here) its new Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) specifically for healthcare. The article claims the new rugged EDA is “disinfectant-ready”, is HIPAA compliant, scans barcodes, and “streamlines clinical workflows by enabling mobile workers to access patient information, accurately administer medication, monitor patient vital signs, place pharmacy and lab orders, collect and track specimens, administer blood transfusions, access test results and more”.

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News 9/15/10

Mobile application developer Artificial Life releases GluCoMo app for the iPhone and iPad. GluCoMo can track “blood sugar level, insulin intake, weight, pulse, physical activity, dietary intake, blood pressure, and medication intake”.

More from last week’s PwC survey:  63% of physicians polled use their own mobile devices, but nearly a third of those said it was not supported in their practices.

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