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.

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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.

Indian wireless provider Aircel teams with Apollo Hospitals to launch mobile healthcare services for Aircel’s 45 million subscribers. Another interesting aspect of the deal is the use of Aircel retail outlets as telemedicine service sites.


Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, which was launched earlier this summer, announces the Social Media Health Network geared to help members “improve their use of social media”. Membership cost will be determined on a sliding scale basis.

An Informa and 3GDoctor survey of 1,800 wireless and mHealth experts finds widespread predictions of the acceptance of mHealth into mainstream healthcare by providers, payers, and patients.

CSC and Research in Motion announce “Patient in Your Pocket” for the Blackberry. Geared towards NHS (UK) providers, the app will allow for scheduling as well as viewing and updating patient records. Not sure how implementation of this works with different NHS offices and trusts, as the story is short on these details, but the announcement sounds nice.


This blog post predicts Apple’s FaceTime, the video calling protocol that will be made available as open source, may open the door to mainstream telemedicine services. With international offerings for virtual FaceTime visits already in existence and reports of FaceTime’s use for provider consultations, this doesn’t seem too farfetched. I use FaceTime and like it a lot, especially with a reliable WiFi connection, but do see more widespread device adoption as the key to success.

Amcom reports strong new sales and conversion of existing clients to Amcom Mobile Connect, its recently launched smart phone messaging system.


An Australian doctor develops iDoctor, a procedure logger for the iPhone that can be exported to Excel and/or e-mailed. Apparently using the patient name in tracking cases in commonplace.

Wireless Health 2010 (Oct 5-7, CA) announces a panel of distinguished clinicians to add relevant provider perspective for the technologists and scientists in attendance.


A Center for Connected Health study of 25 patients with atopic dermatitis finds improved med adherence and outcomes with SMS reminders and educational messages. The study is less than ideal as it was only six weeks long, not long enough for patients to get accustomed / desensitized / non-reactive to new messages, only had 25 patients, and compared outcomes to self-reported historical behavior.

Continua expands guidelines for remote monitoring device connectivity and also adds Microsoft to its growing list of member organizations.

So much news about the 10th anniversary of the approval of the “abortion pill”, with many stories talking about “teleabortions” being done in Iowa as a model that could be taken to other states. The Iowa story has been very active this summer and the Iowa Board of Medicine has formed a committee to review the program.

RFID sensors for remote monitoring of patients contribute valuable data for providers about patient movement and activity.

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