News 8/12/10

The Senate approves a bill to eliminate co-pays for veterans receiving telehealth services.

Adventist Health is the first Oregon health system to launch iTriage from Healthagen, which provides consumers with facility, symptom, and disease information while on the go.


News 8/6/10

Doctors increasingly are turning to smart phones to assist in patient management. The story cites an ED doc that used seven different iPhone apps in one patient encounter.

MedAptus Intelligent Charge Capture version 10.0 is now available as an iPhone app, extending its mobile platform compatibility beyond BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smart phones.


News 7/30/10

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (NJ) partners with Specialists on Call (SOC) to provide telestroke service to patients. The service allows remote neurologists to review images and participate in patient exams via audiovisual equipment.

The FDA approves Airstrip Critical Care and Cardiology, extending the reach of Airstrip’s real-time remote monitoring solutions.


News 7/28/10

MountainStar Healthcare (UT), a subsidiary of HCA, provides average ED wait times on billboards, its Web site, and via SMS messages.

Cisco VP of Healthcare Kaveh Safavi states: “One of the things we’ve discovered is doctors have to change the way they practice medicine to take advantage of” telepresence technology. According to the interview, both scheduling and reimbursement models will need to change to accommodate telepresence technology into practice.


News 7/23/10

Autom, a robotic weight loss coach developed by a Hong Kong company, sits on the counter and coaches patients about diet and exercise. Autom plans to enter the US market in 2011.

GE Healthcare requests FCC for access to wireless spectrum for remote monitoring devices. The only problem is that the spectrum requested is currently used by Boeing for flight testing and Boeing doesn’t want to share it.  GE claims the spectrum in question is the only cost-effective one for remote monitoring due to power requirements. 

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