News 10/8/10

Harvard-MIT PhD student Ming-Zher Poh is developing a mirror that uses embedded webcams to capture heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, displaying the information to the user as well as transmitting it over the Internet.

A UCLA-led group of California academic centers receives a $9.9 million from HHS to conduct three-year, randomized trial assessing differences in transition for heart failure patients from inpatient to outpatient settings. The three groups to be compared are current standard of care, telephone monitoring, and telephone plus remote monitoring. 

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Eastern Maine Medical Center will use a $500K federal grant to provide virtual ICU services to 14 rural healthcare facilities throughout the state.

MedApps

MedApps announces its CloudCare Platform, taking its device aggregation technology away from a client server model and easing the technological burden on patients.

More MedApps news – the company just received a Smart Wireless Award from the CDMA Development Group (CDG), which celebrates leading technologies on CDMA networks. 

UVA is filling the void in maternity care in rural Virginia by providing telemedicine consults for high-risk pregnancies. 

Representatives from the American Telemedicine Association will participate in the first Electronic and Telemedicine Hospital Symposium in Iran.

Telcare introduces a cellular-enabled weight scale and blood pressure cuff that utilize embedded GPRS chips to transfer data.

This post outlines the potential uses for tablet-based devices, specifically the iPad, in healthcare. 

EasyMed

The EasyMed iPhone app stores personal health data, provides health advice, finds providers, and supports the CCR format.

MyVirtualHealthCheck.com launches. The site is designed to help patients manage chronic diseases with tracking and sharing of vitals, food, activity. The site offers three plans: free, $9.99/month, and $23.99/month.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics (MN and WI) deploys the InterReach Fusion wireless system from ADC Network Solutions for mobile data and voice.

e-911

An e-911 app is released for the iPhone that allows users to store emergency information for first responders. 

Japan gives an Indian NGO $100K for mobile health services projects in rural India. 

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