News 4/8/11


A study conducted at Miami Children’s Hospital (FL) finds the HyGreen Hand Hygiene Reminder System not only improves compliance with hand washing, but also reduces hospital-acquired infections by 89%. That’s a pretty amazing statistic. I’d be curious to see if it is repeatable. I also wonder what the cost of the system is because it seems like an easy sale if it’s less than what is lost from hospital-acquired infections.

Is Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sponsored by Apple these days? With so much positive press from John Halamka, Henry Feldman, and others, Apple is getting very good and seemingly free press from credible clinical sources. It is amazing how glowing all of these stories are about the iPad with no mention of other tablets.

Dell’s enterprise marketing lead Andy Lark is quoted calling the iPad “closed, high priced, and proprietary,” which leads him to the conclusion that the iPad will not win the tablet battle in the enterprise. “Closed” and “proprietary” I agree, with but “high priced”, which Lark said was $1,500-$1,600 for iPad, keyboard, mouse, and case, is just wrong. I also think that “closed” and “proprietary” is not going to kill Apple’s chances of winning the tablet war in the enterprise, especially if that enterprise is healthcare and you have very high maintenance clinicians (HMCs) demanding it.


Insurer Aetna chooses Healthline Networks for its PHR. The portal will have tools to help patients search for medical information and will present the information in graphical ways called “Healthmaps.”

I hope Aetna gets better uptake than was found in a recent survey of consumer PHR use. The survey of 1,200 consumers looked at Google, Microsoft, and Dossia progress. Only 7% of consumers use a PHR and 51% were not familiar with the concept at all. The numbers are almost the same as the results of the same study five years ago. Barriers to adoption are “lack of pre-populated data from existing sources, privacy concerns with Internet-based sites, lack of physicians recommending use of PHRs, and concerns about PHR portability if switching providers, employers or health insurers.”


Capital BlueCross teams with My Pocket File to offer BlueCross members discounted rates on its mDoc PHR card. The article talks about how users fill out one form and the PHR is populated and kept up to date. I’m not really sure how this is supposed to happen with different providers, or do they just pull the data from BlueCross?

A Cisco survey of health leaders around the world finds that the number one concern is helping providers collaborate with each other in real time using technology. I’d think you would also need to sort out how you are going to pay these teams of clinicians to collaborate on cases.

This video and narration highlight the iResus iPhone app as a tool in clinical emergencies. A very small study found that performance improved by ~17%, in terms of adherence to guidelines, with its use.


Del Peres Hospital (MO) launches a mobile app with information about facilities, provider contact info, and ED wait times, among other things. This looks like the same app we reported about for a hospital in CA, both of which are Tenet facilities, and both of which load the non-mobile hospital Web site to show wait times.


Florida Hospital also launches a mobile app with ED wait times, as well as maps, directions, and emergency contact information.

More about AirStrip Cardiology and its recently announced integration with GE’s MUSE EKG system. Cedars-Sinai (CA) plans to launch AirStrip Cardiology in the next 30 days.

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

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