News 12/17/10


Welldoc, which is having a very productive 2010 with partnerships and FDA approvals, announces integration of its DiabetesManager with Allscripts EHR. The integration provides doctors with a more continuous record for diabetic patients and also allows for customization of treatment plans for for individual patients.  Welldoc says this is the first of many integration projects it is planning over the next 12-18 months.

The VA in Tampa (FL) begins a $3 million Smart Home Project to assist vets with traumatic brain injuries to live independently. Using specially equipped apartments in combination with Ubisense tags worn on patients, the VA is able to track patients and send messages to keep patients on track with daily activities. 

The iCycleBeads app is released for Apple devices. The app uses the Standards Days Method, a family planning method, to help women determine which days they are likely or unlikely to get pregnant. This is pretty interesting to me as I thought cycle beads, which are just a string of beads, were meant to serve a developing country population without access or interest in other forms of birth control, and probably without access to Apple devices. Maybe that was an incorrect perception of who uses cycle beads for family planning. 

Wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet announces Daniel Wisniewski as senior vice president, business operations.


In holiday telemed news, ECU’s School of Medicine’s Telemedicine Unit provides tele-Santa services for deaf and special needs students. 

Englewood Hospital (NJ) uses home monitoring devices for discharged heart attack patients to monitor weight, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. The article doesn’t mention the duration of the program. 

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The results of a two-year study of telemedicine for chronic heart failure in Germany finds improvement in both quality of life and life expectancy.

St. John Ambulance plans to roll out iPads to all of its 850 on-road staff next year. The device is to be used for patient record keeping and communication.

Investor Omidyar Nework gives an $825,000 grant to an Africa tech organization Praekelt Foundation to develop mHealth solutions for the African continent.

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

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