News 10/20/10

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Vodafone and mHealth Alliance jointly announce the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project and mHealth Alliance Award. Winners will get $300,000, $200,000, and $100,000. Last year’s third-place winner was Sana, the Android-based mobile platform. 

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The final lineup of speakers is announced for the Mobile Health Expo in Las Vegas this week.

The HelloDoctor service launches in Turkey to connect mobile phone users with call center doctors. The subscription service is $4/month and $0.15/minute.

More about the Qualcomm-sponsored wireless diabetes monitoring trial in Tijuana, which we reported on last week.  The most interesting part is how Scripps in San Diego is waiting to see if the results are promising so they can then move the program across the border to San Diego.

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VA and West Wireless Health Institute announce a $10,000 contest for wireless innovations geared towards addressing the health needs of veterans.

The VA is looking to extend telehealth offerings and “extend the electronic health record into the home”.

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Ventures announces Happtique, a mobile app store specifically for health professionals. Happtique will offer healthcare entities group discounts of products.

Hospitals in MA are competing with each other on ED wait times posted on websites, via text messages, and mobile apps.

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The AMA has an article outlining the marketing benefits of posting ED wait times, while also presenting the potential downsides of not seeking care when appropriate, based on wait times, as well having hospitals and patients focus on the wrong outcomes.

Wirelessly connected villages in Nepal, as part of the E-village program, allow remotely located people in Nepal to access health and telemedicine services. 

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The Georgia Tech College of Computing presents a study of 12 patients that finds that using the OrderUP! mobile app improves food choices after only three weeks of use.

The myHalo remote monitoring system detects falls and measures temperature and heart rate, allowing loved ones and caregivers to track activity.

Patients in rural Minnesota with movement disorders now have access to specialty care via telemedicine. 

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