News 2/1/10

As part of my efforts to compile an all new HIStalk Mobile Resource Guide, I’ve added a registration form to the Mobile Resource Guide link above. If your company offers a mobile solution to the healthcare market and would like to be included in the Guide, please take a couple minutes to fill out the form.

iPad vertical

I’ve received numerous informal responses to my query – Tell me what you think of the iPad, and how well you think it will fit into your corner of healthcare. Unfortunately, not so many people have taken the time to write out their thoughts. Patrick Campbell, Manager of Business Development at MedAptus, sent the following:

“It’s certainly attractive and we’ll have a compatible application for it, but the iPad is unlikely to change the game for MedAptus. When clinical HIT adoption was low, our charge capture solution was often the main reason customers gave their doctors a mobile device. But today people leverage their existing infrastructure to run our software on smartphones, web browsers, or even embedded in their EHRs. The iPad can’t make phone calls, so it can’t replace a smartphone. It probably doesn’t have the horsepower to be a complete laptop or desktop replacement, especially for EHR or PACS users. And it just doesn’t seem plausible that a critical mass of our clinician users will want a third device. That said, it really does come down to what our customers say they need–If they adopt it, we’ll take it from there.”

In the news…

Leap of Faith Technologies founder and CEO, Barbara A. Rapchak, to present at the First Annual mHealth Networking Conference in Washington DC on February 3rd. Ms. Rapchak will discuss results from a National Cancer Institute funded clinical study confirming the effectiveness of her company’s eMedonline solution to achieve higher levels of medication compliance among patients taking one to 10 prescriptions daily.

InfoLogix ST7

InfoLogix announces the launch of its ST7 Wall Mount Workstation. According to the company, the ST7 Wall Mount Workstation increases the mobility of clinicians by providing secure access to critical healthcare communications technology in a fixed position near the point of care… From my perspective, while a wall mounted computer station might not be anybody’s idea of sexy, state of the art technology, it is exactly the type of solution that will prove effective and utilized given environment and workflow restrictions.

Merge announces the successful deployment of its etrials eDiary 5.0 platform. The eDiary platform is being used to support a global Phase II urology clinical trial involving 750 patients for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The trial is underway in 22 countries, on three continents, and in 34 languages. Merge acquired Morrisville, NC – based etrials back in June, 2009.

Caduceus Medical Group

Here’s something you don’t see too often… Caduceus Medical Group, a multi-specialty practice in Laguna Beach, CA, releases its own iPhone app. The free application allows patients to email physicians, schedule an appointment, request prescription refills, and get directions. The application also provides links to the group’s web-based services including blogs, daily “Health News” features and weekly health-related quizzes. And if that’s not enough, the group is working with the developer to make the application available on other platforms, including Blackberry, Palm Web OS, and Android by May. Impressive.

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Finally, I wanted to thank Voalté for joining our Founding Sponsor ranks. Voalté is committed to providing compelling software solutions that solve communication problems at the point-of-care. If you are not already familiar with the company, I think their name says it all – Voalté is derived from the words Voice, Alarm and Text. Again, thank you for your support!

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