News 1/21/10

Epic Haiku

Epic releases Haiku for the iPhone.  I really don’t know much more than Epic’s description on the iPhone App Store at this point. We’ve heard a couple of grumblings about performance. If anyone out there has had a chance to use it, let us know what you think.

Healthcare Data Solutions announces the release of PrescriberPRO Mobile. The Windows Mobile and Blackberry compatible solution provides access to HDS’ full database of more than 1,000,000 healthcare providers and facilities. Users can search by hospital, pharmacy, provider name, GPS location, city, state, NPI or DEA number. I’m not sure if this is better for traveling salesmen or CMS auditors.  

Medicine Central

Unbound Medicine announces the release of Medicine Central, an integrated mobile and Web reference.  Medicine Central includes:  The 5-Minute Clinical Consult, A to Z Drug Facts, Drug Interaction Facts, Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, and MEDLINE Journals.

As a Palm Pre owner, here’s something I haven’t seen too often – PEPID announces support for the Pre! In fact, according to PEPID, this makes them “the original developer of point-of-care medical applications for the device and Web OS operating system.” OUCH! Is Web OS really that far behind? Epocrates is expecting to offer native support for the Pre sometime early this year.

WIC Pager

nGenx and Wallace Wireless announce a co-marketing agreement to offer a hosted version of Wallace Wireless’ WIC Pager.  The WIC Pager integrates paging functionality into Blackberry devices, thereby eliminating the need for multiple devices. Just goes to show – the simplest ideas are often the best.

This caught my eye – business VoIP provider IP5280 acquires CEWest Consulting. CEWest Consulting is a Denver-based IP communications service provider specializing in broadband and hosted solutions for the healthcare industry. I just happen to be in the midst of a VoIP/hosted PBX conversion and would compare the difficulties to that of migrating from cable or satellite television to pure internet-based streaming media. Both are technologically sound solutions, offer tremendous enhancements at lower cost, and yet both are not quite accessible to the masses (nor me).

Finally, Allviant Corporation announces its CarePass technology is now available to Dossia’s consortium members. CarePass is an interesting concept – a bit like a personal healthcare ‘channel’ for consumers.  Clearly a great fit for PHR offerings, but I think both technologies have a steep hill to climb to get consumer adoption. It’s worth noting that Allviant Corporation was spun out of Medicity.

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