News 8/25/10


Scott and White Healthcare (TX) launches an iPhone app with more functionality than most we’ve seen lately from healthcare organizations. The app does symptom checking and location/provider lookup, but goes further by allowing users to fill prescriptions and request appointments, amongst other things.

More ED wait time-related stories. This AP article outlines the reasons for posting wait times and several methods used by different health systems. MetroWest Medical Center (MA) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (TN) offer SMS wait times.

mHealth and wireless health are booming as big players (Qualcomm, AT&T, GE, Intel, Best Buy) jump into the game and reform provides hope of reimbursement.


Amednews has a good synthesis of recent research of smart phone use by clinicians and the strain it is putting on hospitals to integrate the devices.

AmeriDoc, the telemedicine company we reported on recently because of its staggering growth, launches videoconferencing to its list of available virtual visit types. The addition was made to meet reimbursement requirements. We recently reported on InteracticeMD’s addition of video to its virtual visit offerings. 


Gates Foundation announces a new round of Grand Challenges Explorations Grants, with one topic being "Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions.”  Grants are $100,000 for the first year and up to $1 million after that. Applications are due November 2.

Greystone Associates releases a new report titled “Wireless In-Patient Monitors and Monitoring Systems: Devices, Deployment, Connectivity, Portability and Prospect”, which analyzes the market and demand. Cost for the electronic version: $2,850.


Novo Nordisk announces its NovoDose iPhone app, which provides insulin dosing and  blood glucose guidance to physicians.

Clairvia (NC) launches three mobile applications to assist facilities and providers more efficiently manage and communicate scheduling.

iPads use is growing on the business side, including healthcare (Kaiser in this article). I know of four large healthcare organizations that have executive retreats to Apple HQ planned or completed, but I’m sure there are many more. 


iPad-based EMR DrChrono adds e-prescribing.

Secretary Sebelius announces $32 million to increase rural access to care. In these crazy HITECH / ARRA times, am I the only one that reads this and thinks that $32 million isn’t even news?

mPedigree rolls out in several African countries, allowing patients to verify the authenticity of malaria drugs via SMS. According to the article, more than 30% of the malaria drugs in Africa are fake. 


Arkansas Children’s Hospital is awarded a $220,000 grant to evaluate mobile PICU use with pediatric transport teams.

On the heels of our report about the launch of an African continent-wide network to link African institutions with Indian institutions, this story highlights the battle between Japan and India for dominance of the African telemedicine market.

We recently reported a story on the potential of the iPad in the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Georgia Tech is now hoping to “substitute technology for experience” to create a technology-based solution that would monitor facial movements and physiologic parameters to assist in the diagnosis of autism. 

Now that medical schools are issuing iPads to incoming students (Stanford and UC Irvine), here’s a nice list of 10 iPad apps for medical students.

IBM teams with Beijing Goodwill Information and Technology in China to build centralized storage for EKGs with analytics and mobile access.  

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