News 12/8/10

A new study finds that wireless bottle caps improve medication adherence by 40% in kidney transplant patients. The study combined automated tools with telephone-based counseling to help patients develop techniques to improve adherence.  


Zigbee-based RFID vendor Awarepoint raises an additional $9 million, which brings the total raised by the company this year to $19 million, and appoints Jay Deady as CEO. Deady was formerly with Eclipsys, McKesson, and Cerner, where he made connections I’m sure he hopes to leverage to open up new markets for Awarepoint. According to the article, RFID technologies are only in use in less than 10% of US hospitals.


A high school basketball coach uses CPR skills from an iPhone app (PhoneAid – $1.99) to help revive one of his players and keep him alive until paramedics arrived.  I guess Apple can add life-saver to its commercials now.


Healthagen picks up another HCA health system as a client for its iTriage mobile app, providing Coliseum Health System (GA) facility information and ER wait times to mobile users. Coliseum already offers ER wait times on its web site.


SigmaPhone LLC, the maker of iPharmacy, a mobile application providing education about medications, partners with Honest Discounts to offer users pharmacy discounts on mobile phones. Honest Discounts offers prescription discount accounts (free) to users to help ease the burden of medication costs. This certainly seems like a new and intriguing revenue model for mHealth, especially as Honest Discounts and other similar companies begin to offer discounts on telemedicine consults.  

At Georgetown Hospital, surgeons are using the iPad in the operating room to access clinical information and images during cases, taking the “guesswork” out of patient care.


How many of you got so caught up in all the mHealth Summit hype in DC that you missed the mHealth Africa Summit in Ghana last week? Well, for those that missed it, here’s a pretty good article, with links to various mHealth projects on the African continent. 

Draeger receives certification from Wi-Fi Alliance for its Infinity M300 wireless telemetry system.

Intermountain Healthcare and the MountainStar Hospital System are installing Bluetooth enabled EKGs in every ambulance in Utah County (UT) in the near future.  


This is a nice overview of the mobile push in HIT, with a focus on Apple and AT&T moving strongly to gain a foothold in the market. AT&T also recently signed deals with WellDoc, the mobile chronic disease management solutions company that recently gained FDA approval for its mobile diabetes care program, as well as Glowcaps, Wallace Wireless, and eCardio Diagnostics

More IBM partnership and collaboration news this week with the announcement that IBM will add security support to American Well’s telehealth platform, Online Care.



Also on WellDoc, here’s an article on its potential to improve the care of diabetics, which according to the article, could cost $3.4 trillion by 2020. The article also says that WellDoc has submitted a study for peer review that apparently found a reduction in A1C of 1.87% vs 0.5% for the control group.  

The Australian Health Ministry unveils a mobile application to allow both providers and patients to access medical records. Patients will ultimately decide what goes into their health record and who can access it. I’m all for patients being empowered in their health and wellness, but I think giving them the ultimate power over what is and is not in the medical record has some abuse potential.

Travis Good is in his final year of an MD/MBA program and is involved with multiple health IT startups.

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