News 1/28/11


Voalte has a new white paper, The Smartphone Tsunami: Will Your Hospital Sink or Swim?, which nicely lays out, at a high level, the need for hospitals to develop a mobility strategy to meet the growing number of clinicians using smart phones in the clinical setting.

Healthagen signs Porter Adventist Hospital (CO) as its newest customer with premium facility listings in Healthagen’s iTriage mobile app. Porter will also publish ED wait times through iTriage, becoming the first hospital in Colorado to do so.

A new Kalorama report predicts that the remote patient monitoring market will grow by 26% annually through 2014 and reach over $6 billion this year. That’s impressive growth and I imagine the projections assume that payers will cover certain services.     


EXTENSION, Inc, which recently announced its new HealthAlert mobile clinical communications platform and first customer, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, release a statement that the FDA has reviewed HealthAlert for Nurses and decided there is no other communication tool currently available that is “substantially equivalent”. This may open the door to a new FDA device classification around clinical communication. We’ll have to see how this unfolds and if other smart phone-based clinical communications vendors submit devices for FDA approval.

A new survey by Euro RSCG Tonic finds that nearly 78% of people would try remote monitoring, while about half would be willing to try a virtual visit or use a remote device for a check-up. The survey did not discern if the cause of the results was fear of provider shortages or enthusiasm for technology.

MedFlash PHR developer Connectyx, which we reported on recently as it added ecommerce for medical equipment and medications, this week announces the addition of an advance directive/living will tool for members. This is an valuable offering in getting get people thinking about the Five Wishes, as physicians are increasingly trying to do.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) launches Epic’s MyChart mobile app for patient records access.  OHSU has been providing MyChart web access to patients since 2006.

The annual American Telemedicine Association meeting is ranked in the top 50 fastest growing trade shows. This year’s meeting in May is expected to draw over 4,000 attendees. I wonder if HIMSS and other HIT events are seeing the same growth.


A New Hampshire urologist creates a free iPhone app to help inform patients about prostate issues as well as track relevant information about prostate health.  I’m not sure how many patients can log fluid intact and urine output in ccs.    

Avera Health (SD) gets $1.1 million from the most recent round of USDA telemedicine grants. We recently reported on Avera for some new eICU offerings made possible because of other private grants. I have an intensivist friend who keeps telling me that eICU is a huge opportunity that health systems should try to capitalize on as a potential profit center. I’m curious to get reader thoughts on this.    


A recent report out of China says that production of the iPad 2 will begin in February, which will keep it on track for launch in April. The iPhone 5 will begin manufacturing in May, the article says.

Third-party security applications by Good Technology, MobileIron, and NetHawk are making a more enterprise-friendly iPhone, making the device more easily digestible by CIOs. I’ve heard of MobileIron used by healthcare organizations, but I’d be curious to hear if any readers are familiar with others used to secure Apple devices.

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

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