News 3/23/11

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A new survey finds that people are increasingly using social media and networks to access health-related information. Not surprisingly, Facebook is the most commonly used. Most health-related usage of Facebook relates to health education and connecting with patients with similar conditions.

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Kaiser Hawaii announces increased usage of its online tools during 2010. The healthcare organization saw increases in emails between patients and providers as well as online prescriptions filled of 21% and 11.4%, respectively.  I’ve used Kaiser’s system and like it. I’m curious what others think.

Anthem Blue Cross is piloting remote monitoring of heart failure patients to hopefully reduce ED visits and admissions. The system collects weight and blood pressure daily and transmits it over a standard phone line to a portal, where certain triggers are set for alerting docs.

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Mayo Clinic Arizona’s telestroke program is evaluating radiologist preference for the use of ResolutionMD Mobile vs other technologies — which I assume means a computer terminal — for viewing images. The study only has 65 subjects so far with images reviewed, but the results are that 80% of those remote images were viewed on a a mobile device using ResolutionMD. The time to view on mobile was 11 minutes less than those viewed on a terminal.

More about Fast Company’s list of the ten most innovative companies in health. We already reported that text4baby developer Voxiva (#3) made the list. The other mHealth companies are Epocrates (#1), GE for its Vscan mobile ultrasound (#7), and PharmaSecure (#8), which does SMS-based medication authentication in India.

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A Pittsburgh paramedic and a German software designer develop a mobile app to support first responders. The app provides clinical reference information as well as links to local healthcare facilities and life flight in Pennsylvania.

University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago is testing a wireless hand hygiene system from Xhale Innovations. We’ve reported on the system in the past, which can detect alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the hands of health workers and then send an signal to the worker’s badge.

OnCallData adds mobile platform support (Apple, Android, Blackberry) for its e-prescribing and medication reconciliation solutions.

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More than a dozen hospitals have rolled out Epic’s MyChart mobile PHR. Sutter Health has 400,000 registered users, but I’m assuming that is for the online portal and not the mobile PHR. With Epic’s market share increasing, it seems like more and more PHR users will be on MyChart.

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The Georgia Hospital Association signs a purchasing agreement with Prognosis Health Information Systems to enable GA providers to get discounted pricing on certified EHR ChartAccess. ChartAccess Mobile will enable providers to have instant access to a mobile version of the EHR as well.     

A randomized study of depression follow-up care finds that online messaging with patients results in higher medication adherence, lower subjective depression scores, and increased treatment satisfaction.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills announces that it will begin using emergency telepsychiatry services from Specialists On Call.

A New Zealand hospital is using the iPad to conduct surveys while patients are still inpatients. I remember reading about a California hospital that was doing this as well. It seems to make sense to capture this at the point of care instead of two weeks later through the mail.

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

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