News 2/18/11


LifeNexus launches its Personal Health Card. The multi-purpose card can be used for payment (Visa, Mastercard, and prepaid) and contains an embedded microchip that securely stores a personal health record. I presume there will be some easy way to access the records on the card for both writing and reading.  Interestingly one of the collaborators in the development of the card was Emdeon, the healthcare super-clearinghouse.


There’s been lots of mobile news coming out this week with the Mobile World Congress going on in Barcelona. Mobile hardware maker HTC has had a big week, first with its new Facebook phone and now with its Flyer tablet. The 7-inch tablet comes with a “magic pen”, microSD storage, and front- and back-facing cameras. It will run the new tablet-oriented OS from Android called Honeycomb and is slotted to be released officially later this year. Amazon Germany has the price listed at ~$900, which to me seems unlikely to lure people from the cheaper iPad.

BCC Research releases a new report titled Telemedicine: Opportunities for Medical and Electronic Providers. The report predicts that the global telehealth market will grow by over 18% annually, from $9.8 billion last year to $23 billion in 2015. The “telehome” market, a subset of the overall telehealth market, is projected to grow by over 22% over the same time period.


Remote monitoring and telehealth company BL Healthcare announces a partnership with Sprint to enable BL device connectivity over Sprint’s 3G network. This has been a good 2011 for BL as we recently reported on its announcement of a similar partnership with Verizon.

Ashe Memorial Hospital (NC) signs with PatientKeeper for CPOE, which I assume will be available to Ashe employees via mobile in the near future, as well as PatientKeeper Mobile Clinical Results.    


Congrats to one of our clinical communications sponsors Vocera, which posted results for 2010. The company had 38% growth for the year and now has over 700 healthcare customers around the globe. The company is also poised to continue its growth with four acquisitions during the year.

More good news for Vocera. The American Hospital Association (AHA) exclusively endorses the Vocera Hand-off Solution as the preferred hand-off solution for its 5,000+ hospital members. That’s not a bad organization to win over if you’re selling to providers.

A surgeon has his iPad stolen from the physicians’ lounge at Jennie Stuart Medical Center (KY) while he’s performing a surgery. I’m impressed that he had the patience to wait nine days before reporting in the hopes the thief would unlock the device and give away its location.

SaaS telehealth platform iHASMD partners with wireless broadband provider Axiom to expand telehealth services for providers and insurance plans in the State of Maine. The new partnership seeks to increase access to virtual medical services for all of the rural residents in the state.


John Halamka has a post about securing Apple mobile devices in the healthcare environment. Some basic best practices from Halamka’s security team are highlighted around software updates, tracking, and passcode protection.

With all the recent attention in healthcare around securing mobile devices, this article highlights the use of SMS technology as a potential authentication system for access to Citrix and Cisco VPNs.

MEDecision announces a mobile application for access to MEDecision Clinical Summaries through MEDecision’s InFrame HIE platform. The mobile app will be available March 30.  

Mobile marketing firm mobileStorm releases its 2011 mHealth Report, with one of the key findings being that by 2015 there will be 500 million users of mobile health applications on smart phones.    

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

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