News 11/5/10


Next week we’ll be blogging and tweeting (@HIStalkMobile, hashtag #mHS10) from the mHealth Summit in DC, so be sure to check in. The summit is shaping up with big names and organizations that are sure to make it an exciting event. Expect updates on HIStalkMobile each night from Sunday through Wednesday. If you’re going, send your impressions, photos, etc. Say hello if you see a guy whose badge says Travis Good from HIStalk Mobile.

Specialists on Call (SOC) partners with Language Access Network to provide hospitals with outsourced, on-call specialist providers able to provide care in over 170 different languages.

mHealth is seen as a tool to help meet the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) around maternal and child health. 


mHealth Alliance appoints Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the inventor of micro-credit, to its Partnership Board. The mHealth Alliance is coordinating the mHealth Summit next week with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the National Institutes of Health.

Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) signs a three-year deal to use services from Alaska Communications to deliver remote medical services to facilities across the state. ASHNHA serves over 50% of Alaska’s remote patients.

A new Gartner report recommends that CEOs evaluate the iPad’s potential within their respective organizations.


Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital (LA) partners with Healthagen to offer premium facility listings as part of iTriage mobile application.

Here’s a nice summary story on the role of remote monitoring and smart phones in healthcare and the prevention of readmissions.

CMS announces a rate for the technical component of remote telemetry services of $800, according to CardioNet.

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John Halamka, MD acknowledges that his team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is developing its own iPad apps.

A Wall Street Journal columnist speaks at TEDMED about what he perceives to be the lack of medical technology geared at consumers. I think there’s more than enough devices either ready or in development that are geared toward remote monitoring, but I do agree there is a lack of feedback support, or personalized decision support, like WellDoc, being developed.


Airstrip Technologies announces Airstrip OB for the Android Market. 

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) releases an iPhone app with listing of typical symptoms of bacterial meningitis. I really can’t see people downloading this as the article states that their are only “up to 300 cases” a year.

International Telecommunications Unions (ITU) deploys 100 satellite terminals to areas of Pakistan devastated by flood. The terminals will be used to deliver telemedicine services.

Medical Message Exchange (MMEx), an eHealth platform developed by The University of Western Australia, announces mobile versions for the iPhone and iPad.  The apps are geared towards remote providers.

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