News 10/6/2010

Here’s my own iPhone story. My iPhone 4 was dropped and submerged in water for several seconds earlier this week. After taking it out and allowing it to dry overnight, it seems to be working just fine, which is unbelievable to me.

An Epocrates survey of 710 medical students finds that twice as many turn to mobile devices for clinical questions than did so last year. Not surprisingly, 70% of those students use Apple devices.

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News 10/1/2010

I apologize for any tardiness in my posts this month. I’m back in the hospital (privately owned, for-profit facility owned by a national organization) this month for my last clinical rotation. It didn’t make the Most Wired list, if that gives you some idea of the technology infrastructure. It’s funny because even though it’s a clinical month, I spend most of my time talking to the docs about HIT, which they know basically nothing about. OK, on to the post.

Don Berwick and Mark McClellan, current and past administrators of CMS, tout telemedicine in improving care and reducing cost, respectively, at the American Telemedicine Association Summit.

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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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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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