News 4/22/11


Wayne Memorial Hospital implements EXTENSION’s HealthAlert for Nurses to replace the hospital’s existing pager system. EXTENSION provides a smart phone-based unified communication platform that integrates with Meditech and patient-initiated nurse call.

This article, which includes lots of healthcare use cases and videos of the iPad, calls the iPad the driver of Mac computer sales in the future. Maybe more Mac-based EMRs, like Mac Practice, will be on the horizon.


Thomson Reuters announces Micromedex Drug Interactions for the iPhone. The app allows providers to assess risks of drug interactions.


The VA and DoD launch PTSD Coach mobile app for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The app is available on Apple iOS and helps connect veterans with local sources of support as well as rate and deal with various symptoms of PTSD. Unfortunately, this could be a very popular application these days.

A Rhode Island ED doc fired last year for posting patient-related information on Facebook is reprimanded by the state’s medical board and fined $500. The physician did not post the patient’s name, but apparently posted enough information about a trauma patient that the patient could be identified.


Ottawa Hospital orders 1,800 iPads for clinical use. This is on top of the 500 iPads that the hospital already has. The application being used for clinical documentation is Adatpiv Clinical Viewer, though I can’t tell what EMR is actually installed at the hospital.


Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare, which is probably my favorite name in healthcare because of the religious acceptance it portrays, starts publishing ED wait times via web, text message responses, and by its mobile application.

John Halamka lists the five most popular mobile apps for Harvard med students this year: 1) Dynamed, 2) Unbound Medicine uCentral, 3) VisualDx Mobile, 4) Epocrates, and 5) iRadiology.  This data is based from download traffic from Harvard’s Mobile Resources webpage. I’m curious about the percentages of different mobile platforms in use by students as well. I’m betting it is over 80% Apple.


Eyemaginations launches the LUMA ENT iPad app to assist otolaryngologists with patient education. The app is designed to “help patients visualize doctors’ explanations.”

Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project and the mHealth Alliance Award winners are announced. The three winning projects, two of which were developed at MIT, address key international health issues related to eye disease, high-risk pregnancies, and medication compliance, particularly focused on the long-term and complex treatment of multiple drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

A new app from the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) helps users figure out how safe all those hard-to-pronounce food ingredients are. This seems cool academically, but I think the people that would actually use this are the same ones that already shop at the stores that don’t carry products containing these ingredients.

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

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