News 10/16/10


AT&T partners with WellDoc to market and sell WellDoc’s FDA-approved mobile diabetes management solution. The initial deployment will be internal to AT&T’s employees. 

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has an interesting post about a physician’s experience as part of a telestroke program. The most interesting part to me was the physician’s sense of joining a wider network, and feeling like a part of a broader community of providers.

The Chilean miners wore wireless pulse oximeters from Nonin Medical on their ascents so that physicians on the surface could monitor them. Nonin will donate pulse oximeters to the miners for use at home.


CME provider Dime launches MS Patient Resources, an iPhone app that provides clinicians with relevant information and resources for treating multiple sclerosis patients. Information can be forwarded to patients via e-mail.

Lucid, the maker of the FDA approved VivaScope and VivaNet system for teledermatology, appoints Matthew Cox, VP of teleradiology firm vRad, to its board.


WebMD shows off the addition of PHR access for the its enhanced mobile app at the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. The photo above is of the older version.

iPads are increasingly being used to help kids with speech problems  We’ve reported before about the iPad’s use with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.


Facebook is being informally used as a platform for collecting useful health related information on patients, especially those aged 16-20.

Nokia to will provide its machine-to-machine (M2M) platform to the city of Zhenjiang, China. The resulting wireless “Internet of Things (IoT)” will hopefully stimulate innovation in remote healthcare.


BlueCross BlueShield of NC launches an iPhone app (free) that helps find in-network providers and compare meds.

Eighty-eight healthcare facilities in IL will benefit from a $21 million FCC telemedicine grant.

The founders of Epocrates release the Doximity app for the iPhone, which enables physicians to locate colleagues and send HIPAA-compliant SMS messages.

Ottawa Hospital plans to have 1,000 iPads in use by the end of the year to enable mobile access to medical records.


MedHelp and GE launch the “Sleep on It” iPhone app (free), which helps monitor quality and length of sleep.

CVS/Caremark extends the functionality of its free iPhone app to allow users to schedule flu shots.

Frisbie Memorial Hospital (NH) selects Voalte’s iPhone application for integrated clinical communication.


I found this story amusing. An iPhone app, CUPetHealth ($3.99), helps track the dietary intake and exercise of dogs and cats to determine if feeding is too much, too little, or just right.

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