News 10/12/10


Allscripts announces Sunrise Mobile MD, a native iPhone/iPod application, which provides full access to Sunrise Enterprise EHR and CPOE. Allscripts seems to be positioning this as a strategic advantage for hospitals in recruiting affiliated physicians. The press release claims the same level of security on the mobile platform. 

UCLA- engineered  cell phone lens-free microscope, which has gotten a lot of attention for its applications in the developing world, adds semen analysis as a potential application.

Fujitsu announces the first Continua certified mobile phone. The device will collect biometric data via Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP), a Continua standard, and transmit it over a cellular network to providers and/or PHRs/EHRs. The phone will be available in Japan this fall. 


Qualcomm partnering on a 10-month clinical trial to assess the use of 3G-enabled glucometers for management of diabetics in Tijuana, Mexico.  

Cell phone photos are being tested, as we’ve reported on before, and, according to this AMA article, will be integrated more and more into patient-provider interactions and clinical decisions. Still, as the article points out, guidelines need to be created for what can and can’t be diagnosed with a cell phone photo. 

Mobile phones as field hospitals in underserved parts of Africa. This article walks through the big players, including Qualcomm and Vodafone, that are developing solutions specifically for or easily portable to, developing countries. 

University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine giving students iPods loaded with medical applications. That’s a good deal for the inaugural class that got four years of free tuition. My favorite part of the article was the mention that medical students get to keep the iPods when they graduate; I like my Apple devices but after 4 years, I’m pretty sure they’ll either be broken or basically unusable, especially when it comes to 3rd party apps. 

Skyscape to offer mobile version of Journal Watch to members of the MA Medical Society. Journal Watch provides summaries of recently published studies and guidelines in 13 different specialty areas. 

CTIA conference panel on mHealth, with an impressive smattering of representatives, debates the future of mHealth.   

This is an interesting story about providers utilizing online marketing and social media to present deals directly to consumers/patients. Interestingly, daily deal site and email company Groupon now says 15% of its 11 million daily emails pertain to health related services.  


iPad based EMR Dr. Chrono partners with to provide patients with online physician searching, rating, and scheduling. 

mHealth and mobile apps as disruptive change in healthcare, potentially driving changes in behavior as they become more ubiquitous.   

NHS targeting remote monitoring technology as a key driver to reach cost saving goals of 20 billion pounds. 


AT&T hoping to collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, and Ericsson to develop innovative solutions in three areas, with one area being connected-health.

More on AT&T, which announced a partnership with eCardio Diagnostics to enable mobile connectivity for eCardio’s arrhythmia monitoring solutions. 

UNC study finds RFID tags embedded in surgical sponges are effective at reducing the number left behind (inside the patient) during a case.  

Maine’s Three Ring Binder Project bringing broadband connections to anchor institutions across the state, enabling new telestroke programs.  

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