News 4/15/11


The mHealth Summit gets an injection of domestic mHealth flavor this week when HIMSS became a strategic partner of the Foundation for the NIH, the sponsor of the event. Last year’s event was internationally focused, but having HIMSS involved should bring more exposure and weight for mHealth projects taking place domestically. The 2011 event will be held December 5-7 in DC.

iRx Reminder, a new mHealth startup which we’ve featured before, is targeting researchers and providers as customers, with consumers as users. The app is tailored to assisting with research and care of chronic diseases.


Aptilon, which provides a channel for biopharmaceutical companies to communicate with providers, launches Aptilon Mobile. The mobile app allows providers, more specifically in this case prescribers, to access live, local sales reps with questions or issues about medications and devices. I imagine the pharma sponsors would love (and would be very willing to pay for) a mobile channel to Aptilon’s network of over 500,000 providers.

I missed this critical blog post from February about the much-touted text4baby program. The author’s conclusion, which is well articulated with data to back it up, is that the program is overpriced, not innovative, and has no chance of meeting its subscriber targets (winning multiple awards aside).


REACH Health launches tele-stroke, tele-neurology, and tele-ICU services. REACH helps alleviate specialist coverage problems for providers. They have over 140 hospital clients in 10 states.

A new teleradiology app for the iPad is launched in the European App Store. The app from aycan allows for transmission of DICOM images from OsiriX PRO systems to the iPad.


A new tablet from Acer, the Iconia Tab A500, seems like a pretty good option at $449. The devices runs Android Honeycomb OS, supports Adobe Flash, and has dual-facing cameras.  But alas, as the article points out, it’s going to take a whole lot of buzz to pull potential tablet buyers out of Apple stores.

This article highlights the changes mobile is bringing to healthcare, with lots of good stats and references (67 total). The paper has a case study of wearable sensor technology.


The AMA launches a free, limited CPT code app for the iPhone. It will release a paid version with additional CPT codes.

Telemedicine for emergency medical care to will address shortages of specialty trained docs, including pediatric emergency docs.

A team of US graduate students develops a smart phone tool to aid in the diagnosis of malaria in areas that have limited lab access. The device has a microscope and can automatically identify and quantify parasites.

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

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