News 11/24/10


Chilmark Research releases a new report titled mHealth in the Enterprise: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges ($895). The report projects the enterprise mHealth market will reach $1.7 billion by 2014. Currently charge capture is the most widely used app category, but the report projects mobile EHR access will soon overtake it. The graph above surprised me, as it predicts that 100% of physicians will use smart phones with content apps by the end of 2013. I can’t imagine this happening unless you can find a way to really convince docs of an improvement in efficiency and bottom line with the use of smart phones. That or the private market drives 100% of physicians to become employed physicians and take what they are given by employers, which seems even more unlikely. Also, as a general rule, I don’t choose “always” or “never” on multiple choice tests.

A UK consortium wins a $6.4 million grant to develop the “chips and software” to allow for mobile phone, patient-administered STD testing. The intent is to offer the necessary chips in vending machines or pharmacies to help expand adoption of the new technology.

Philips offers 24/7 remote monitoring of pacemaker patients. The service began in August as a beta program and has progressed to a widespread offering. Device test data is reviewed and summarized by Philips technicians to provide cardiologists with concise, digestible information about pacemaker performance.  I’d be curious to see how much intelligence or decision support is built into monitoring platform.



Quest Diagnostics officially launches Quest Care 360 EHR for the iPad, though it has been available in the app store since last month. Check out this demo video, which seemed very user friendly to me.     

A research2guidance report finds that by 2015 the majority of mobile healthcare apps will be distributed through traditional healthcare distribution channels, as opposed to distributed through general apps stores as is the case today.

Victor S. Dorodny, MD, Phd, ND, MPH, launches new venture, Tele-Med Partners, that “fosters strategic partnerships between HIT manufacturers, medical service providers, consumers, and payors.” Dr. Dorodny has an impressive resume, including helping to create HIPAA — and check out that list of degrees. Leveraging a great name and network, as I’m sure Dr. Dorodny has, to forge partnerships between HIT and the larger healthcare market is probably a pretty profitable place to be right now.

This Harvard Health Letter details some of the higher-rated and more frequently used mHealth applications.


The VA issues an RFI to get information from vendors about wireless network alternatives for patients and visitors. The article states only 348 US hospitals offer wireless to patients, which surprises me as I think all of the hospitals I’ve spent time offered wireless, though they have all been large and / or academic centers.

A report by the National Venture Capital Association finds that the FDA is impeding technology development in healthcare and, in particular, mHealth.

A new report finds healthcare is the number three industry, behind financial services and the technology sector, to adopt iPads in the enterprise environment. The report found 10% of healthcare organizations had deployed iPads.

Wireless EKG transmitted from ambulance to hospital speeds time from arrival to cath lab. The specific case in the article only took 14 minutes from ambulance arrival at the hospital to cath lab and reperfusion.


Qualcomm and wireless carrier MTN partner to provide nurses in South Africa with smart phone-based health education material. Initial results found that 92% of participants, which numbered only 50, thought the devices and content were useful.     

Remote telemetry solutions company Cardionet launches a joint venture with remote monitoring aggregator MedApps to collaborate “to deploy new and innovative wireless monitoring solutions.”

Doctors from Singapore are delivering telemedicine services to Indonesia using technologies from GlobalMedia (AZ).

I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving.  We’ll be back next week.

Travis Good is in his final year of an MD/MBA program and is involved with multiple health IT startups.

  • Nom De Plume

    Saw an article today about the Galaxy Tab from Samsung. Smaller and lighter than the iPad so I’m interested! Eager to see any news involving this Android based hardware. Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Brian

    As far as 100% physicians using smart phones, I think the report probably means for personal use. And if you are a physician with a smart phone you are certainly going to have Epocrates or some content app. So this isn’t far fetched at all IMO.

  • Brian

    Nom, the iPad is barely big enough for complex physician workflow tasks such as CPOE. And it’s lighter than any patient chart. And it fits in a coat pocket. A smaller screen would offer no benefit, and Android has even less health enterprise presence than Apple. Haven’t tried a Galaxy but one reviewer called it “a pocketable train wreck.”

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