News 4/29/11


The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) convenes a group of representatives to help develop strategies to increase consumer engagement in health through use of IT. In light of the recent survey that found only 26% of mHealth apps are used more than 10 times, more needs to be done specifically to build consumer-friendly mobile health applications that people use regularly. Ongoing use is the key to behavior change and current apps are falling short.

Based on ratings and downloads (assuming they were done by providers), the seven most popular iPad apps for providers are: (1) Calculate (med calculator); (2) drcrhono (EMR); (3) Medical Spanish; (4) Micromedex (drug info); (5) Mobile MIM (imaging); (6) QuantiaMD (provider education); and (7) Skyscape Medical Resources (reference). I’m kind of surprised that Epocrates was not on the list.


The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) urges CMS to change the rules around telehealth services for ACOs to allow physicians to choose which virtual services should be provided. As it is currently written, permission for telehealth services for ACOs has to be obtained by individual billing codes.

Baptist Hospital East (KY) is doing wireless EKG transmission from EMS as well as enabling mobile access to providers over both iOS and Android tablets and phones.

Remote monitoring company IDEAL LIFE partners with MedMinder to integrate the MedMinder wireless medication dispenser (video above) into the IDEAL LIFE portal. MedMinder seems to already have the tools to do alerts for patients and caregivers, so this seems to be just a nice marketing deal for both companies.

What does mHealth do for doctors?  According to this article, and I tend to agree, not a whole lot at the moment. Offering more work without more pay is not a great way to sell something.


Celebrity fitness trainer Danny Musico (has anybody heard of him?) gets into the mobile fitness app arena with his own mobile app for training and  dietary tips.

A new pilot finds readmission rates for CHF and COPD to be 3% (compared to the national average of 20%) with the use of timely patient education, tools for reduction of medication errors (not sure what that means specifically), and daily vital sign collection from patients using devices from Philips. 

Apollo Hospitals, a large network in India, launches Hipaar (Healthcare India pharmaceutical registry). A patient can text their name, diagnosis, and drug name to get information back over SMS about the efficacy of the drug for the specific diagnosis as well as side effects. I imagine problems with unstructured diagnosis and drug names, but it seems like an interesting way to get fast and easy information about medications. No price info is listed, but I’d bet there will be a very low fee for each SMS.

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

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