News 2/2/11

Epocrates

Epocrates is still talking about going public with an IPO target of $92.5 million. The mobile clinical reference developer owns 61% of the physician smart phone market, which isn’t surprising considering its product is provided free at all med schools that I know of, making it a standard tool for graduating docs that gets more use than a stethoscope or reflex hammer. I was surprised and impressed that 60% of the company’ revenue comes from drug makers wanting to supplement information about medications.

Check out the new promotional video for iTriage, which tries to convey the power of a symptom checker and facility locator in the palm of your hand.

A report finds that seeking health information is the third most common activity among US Internet users, with 80% of those polled having done so, but with lesser usage among minorities, lower income groups, and the elderly. Another interesting tidbit from the report is that Yahoo reports “pregnancy”, “STD”, and “herpes” are three of the top five searches on its mobile site, but none are in the top five for the non-mobile version. Even more interest, and surprising, to me is that people still use Yahoo.

ACOncall

Amazing Charts EMR is released for the iPhone and iPad. It appears to be primarily for accessing information; the only information that can be entered from the mobile app is a “message.”

The majority of caregivers see promise in using mobile applications to keep tabs on the location of loved ones and to monitor medication compliance.

AP

RTLS vendor Awarepoint announces 2010 company performance, which shows it has the largest US client base among RTLS vendors. It also exceeded 100% revenue growth for the third year in a row.  

Massachusetts General Hospital will provide teleneurology services to Central Maine Health Care for telestroke and other neurology-related emergencies. I didn’t see anything about funding.

teladoc

National telemedicine firm Teledoc Medical Services secures another $4 million in investment capital to expand its services and operations.

VersusRTLS

RTLS vendor Versus Technology releases Enterprise View Mobile, an Apple mobile version (iPhone/iPod/iPad) of its visibility platform, enabling mobile floor plan and list views to track assets. The article claims this is the first mobile healthcare RTLS offering.   

Aspirus Wausau Hospital (WI) gets ~$500,000 of the recently announced USDA telemedicine grants to provide telemedicine services geared towards the elderly.  Cancer and cardiac are two areas of focus for the program.

Another winner of USDA money is the University of New Hampshire, which got $222,000 to install videoconferencing equipment in facilities to connect patients and care teams to specialists.

SnoringU

My wife would love this iPhone app: Snoring U ($5.99) monitors and “nudges” people who snore. Snoring U app maker Pointer Software Systems releases new apps to help assess problems with snoring as well as to monitor the sleeping habits of babies.       

A new study finds telerehabilitation to be as effective or more effective than traditional rehab for knee replacement patients. For the study, telerehab was performed in a hospital room designed to resemble a home environment. Staying in bed to watch TV instead of rehabbing, as some knee replacement patients might do at home, was not a factor that affected outcome.      

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

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