News 7/2/10

Look out iPad, there’s a new game changer in town – here comes Cisco Cius. The Android-based, enterprise-leaning mobile “collaboration” device features front (HD) and rear facing cameras,WiFi, 8-hour battery life, virtual desktop integration, and full Telepresence interoperability. Trials start Q3 2010 with availability early next year.

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News 6/30/10

A Partners Healthcare study finds a 27% higher rate of medication adherence with the use of Vitality’s GlowCap pill bottle cap. GlowCap has built in wireless, allowing for automated calls for missed doses, reminders, and reporting. This is pretty cool stuff, as studies find daily medication adherence at 50% with $300 billion in annual estimated costs associated with non-adherence. I’m sure insurance companies might be interested as well.

The University of Arizona Rural Health Professionals Program links medical students to rural physician preceptors and even provides exposure and education around telemedicine.

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News 6/25/10

Ascom Wireless Solutions unveils VoIP and IP-DETECT, a rugged handset for its teleCARE-IP wireless communication platform. The added functionality will improve clinical team collaboration and patient monitoring.

Qualcomm utilizes 3G technology to gather actionable public health information in the Philippines in real time.

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News 6/23/10

GWU and Howard University (DC) secure grant funding to implement the popular NoMoreClipboard.com PHR system for the management of diabetics. Patients will use cell phones running NoMoreClipboard to update providers.

Using Continua standards, Cambridge Consultants combines its Vena platform with Qualcomm’s Wearable Mobile Device module to enable connectivity of medical devices and online health services wirelessly.

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News 5/28/10

Halfpenny Technologies releases new critical value alerting, reporting feature for ITF-GoDoc solution. Health information exchange (HIE) vendor, Halfpenny Technologies, Inc., which specializes in laboratory, pathology and physician electronic medical record (EMR) system interoperability, has introduced a new critical value alerting and reporting feature for its ITF-GoDoc solution. ITF-GoDoc enables physicians to securely access laboratory, pathology and radiology result reports from their iPhone, Droid or Blackberry Storm-powered smartphones. The critical value alerting and reporting feature of ITF-GoDoc delivers laboratory results and critical value alerts from any hospital or laboratory information system directly to clinicians’ smartphones to ensure failsafe notification, instant documentation, automatic tracking, escalation and reporting of serious alerts.

WebMD makes a house call on the iPad. WebMD has released an iPad version of its popular website. The application provides access to detailed information about hundreds of health conditions, from the ordinary to the obscure. What’s more, the new app has an added feature that lets you search local health listings. If that’s not enough, the symptom checker provides hours and hours of stress-filled worry for the hypochondriac in the family… Primary care docs are going to love this!

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