Can Hospitals Really Deploy iPads? 10/29/11

I’m probably going to go a bit over my head here in exploring whether hospitals or health systems can really securely deploy iPads (or any mobile Apple devices) as enterprise devices. This is obviously relevant. I’ve heard from multiple vendors that providers are asking about iPad versions of web applications.

I’ve also read about mobile device management (MDM) several times in the last several weeks, first with the new Voalte-MDM partnership and second with the recent VA RFI. And just this week, I’ve had several discussions about the challenges of actually deploying tablets — specifically iPads — as enterprise devices.

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News 10/26/11

The VA just put out an RFI seeking a national mobile device management (MDM) system to support its mobile device strategy. Some stories are reporting that the VA is buying 100,000 tablets, but the RFI is only looking for an MDM to support “up to” 100,000 tablets. Considering the statements made by the VA in the past, my bet would be that it is planning on supporting staff-owned devices in addition to VA-owned devices. The RFI also states that the MDM vendor has to deliver only 60 tablets during each year of performance: 20 that are Windows-based, 20 Android-based, and 20 iPads.

Clinical communications vendor EXTENSION announces integration with Polycom handsets. The new service connects Polycom handsets to EXTENSION messaging, allowing the legacy handsets to communicate with EXTENSION-enabled smart phones.

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How to Make Money on Consumer Health Tools 10/21/11

Consumers, inclusive of patients, are a big target of health reform. Patients are supposed to play a bigger role in their own care, have ready access to more of their clinical data, and even be called on to participate in the leadership of ACOs.

I  think we’ve collectively come to realize that healthcare isn’t the answer to all of our health problems, at least in the traditional sense. Individuals make multiple decisions every day that play into their overall health and wellness, decisions that have nothing to do with what medication a doc prescribed and whether a patient received an x (FILL IN WITH AN EVIDENCE-BASED PROCEDURE).

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News 10/19/11

I missed the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health 2012 grant winners announcement from earlier this month. Six grants, totally $1.4 million, were givento "investigate how mobile phones can be used to improve the lives of underserved populations suffering from chronic diseases". All six target diabetics. The most interesting to me was Medic Mobile (formerly FrontlineSMS,) which is creating an SMS tool to confirm and reschedule appointments. Medic Mobile, as far as I know, is a non-profit that has been 100% focused on global health, specifically in Africa. Maybe it is trying to copy the model of Voxiva in importing mobile health experience from abroad to the US.

Indian Health Services CIO Howard Hays testifies to the Senate that telehealth can improve access to and quality of care for Native populations. OK, now that we know it works, we just need to fund it.

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News 10/14/11

In response to my last post when I asked if EXTENSION was a Cisco partner or subsidiary, an informed reader e-mailed to let me know that EXTENSION is a Cisco Development Network (CDN) partner. I wasn’t sure as I’d seen it reported both ways, so I appreciate the clarification.

A new study out of Johns Hopkins finds that video games, specifically those on the Wii, help with physical therapy in ICU patients. The most amazing part for me is that 50% of the Wii sessions were conducted with patients who were using a mechanical ventilator.

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