News 10/6/2010

Here’s my own iPhone story. My iPhone 4 was dropped and submerged in water for several seconds earlier this week. After taking it out and allowing it to dry overnight, it seems to be working just fine, which is unbelievable to me.

An Epocrates survey of 710 medical students finds that twice as many turn to mobile devices for clinical questions than did so last year. Not surprisingly, 70% of those students use Apple devices.

A VA study finds CPAP linked to automated telephone interventions improved adherence, resulting in reduced sleep apnea and and depressive symptoms. 


Two Kaiser studies of Panel Support Tool, a Kaiser tool for monitoring individuals or groups of patients, find improved care, based on adherence to evidence-based guidelines for diabetes and heart disease as well as preventative services. The tool provides tailored evidence-based guidelines based on patient med records.

An 11-year study of pediatric cardiac imaging shows remote evaluation by specialists speeds time to diagnosis and treatment. When the study started, images were transmitted via videotape.  


Here’s a good story about the brothers behind ClearPractice, which released Nimble EHR for the iPad earlier this week.  They also run several other companies in the healthcare space and are well placed, both in terms of expertise and networks, to capitalize on healthcare reform.


Allscripts releases Allscripts Mobile Homecare to provide in-home providers with the ability to access and update patient information remotely. It’s available for Windows Phone 7 smart phones.

The Navy partners with Hazeldon, an addiction treatment center in Minnesota, to provide online tools, called Navy MORE, to support sailors struggling with addictions. The program is expected to draw 1,000 users in the first year.

A pilot study shows promise with telemedicine for geriatric depression when using evidence-based depression guidelines, which were dubbed the Depression TeleCare Protocol.

The Arizona Telemedicine Network conducts more than 100,000 teleradiology cases a year. According to the article, the University of Arizona pioneered digital radiology in the 1970s.

The above video depicts the current e-health pilots and strategies Spain’s mobile carrier Telefonica is banking on to generate $400 million in additional revenue by 2013. Telefonica launched its global e-health unit in July.

RIM is positioning its PlayBook to try and capitalize on the healthcare market.   

Oregon Health Sciences University, which initially started using AeroScout RFID technology for asset tracking 5 years ago, continues to add services, now moving into workflow and patient tracking.

Mayo Clinic Arizona gets a benefactor’s donation to extend telestroke service beyond Arizona and into Missouri.

Eye Care America opens up online eligibility verification to link underserved patients with some of its 7,000 volunteer eye care professionals. Those who qualify get a free eye exam and treatment for one year.

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