News 5/11/10

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Apple sells 1 million iPads. Just 28 days after releasing the iPad, Apple sells its millionth device. That’s less than half the 74 days it took Apple to sell its millionth iPhone. Not bad when you consider that more than 45 million iPhones have been sold globally. iPad users have already downloaded 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. Next on the slate? Upgraded iPhone hardware and OS due out this summer, not to mention the highly anticipated CDMA iPhone due out later in the year.


Meanwhile, Research in Motion is feeling pretty confident itself. The company had a record-setting fiscal year 2009 in which revenue grew 35%, to $15 billion. While the emphasis remains on email and corporate security, co-CEO Jim Balsillie says RIM is taking steps to make BlackBerrys more fun and functional. A host of new versions of the phone (probably including some touchscreen models) will be unveiled later this year, and Balsillie promises a much better web-surfing experience…BTW, I’ve been hearing murmurings for quite some time about Blackberry’s new web experience. Whether it’s a game-changer remains to be seen.


Amongst its first quarter earnings announcement, WebMD mentioned that Medscape Mobile for physicians has attracted over 300,000 iPhone and iPod touch users since its launch less than one year ago… Oh, and in case your interested, revenue was up 20% over prior year to $108.0 million. Net loss was $(3.8) million or $(0.07) per share, compared to net income of $0.4 million or $0.01 per share in the prior year period.

Another customer for Healthagen. Desert Valley Urgent Care announced a new partnership with Healthagen to put medical and facility information into the hands of smartphone users with iTriage.


PatientKeeper awards Oakwood Healthcare System the 2010 PatientKeeper Customer Innovation Award. Oakwood was recognized for its demonstration of exemplary and innovative deployment methodology and subsequent high rates of physician adoption and use of the PatientKeeper Physician Portal within the Oakwood Health System.

Secure EMR comes to the iPhone and iPad, courtesy of Dassault Systemes and echoBase partnership. echoBase’s Resonate iPhone application for doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare providers will leverage Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA V6 online collaboration and data management solution to deliver portability, availability and security of healthcare data.

Several new iPhone apps worth mentioning…


Clearwater clinical releases first app to help physicians diagnose and treat vertigo caused by BPPV. DizzyFIX helps doctors to accurately diagnose and treat patients with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) directly in their offices, versus treatment by way of a referral to specialists or by prescribing unnecessary medications.


iScrub Lite app to track hand hygiene. The free app enables medical professionals to enter data on hand hygiene compliance, which has typically been tracked using note cards and other antiquated methods… Which brings up another concern – how clean is the phone itself?


First validated iPhone medical app for depression and anxiety. Adapted from M-3 Information’s existing Web site, this mobile version, called mym3, provides the same validated mental health questionnaire optimized for smart phones.

Howsthepatient iPhone app helps users send health updates to friends and family.

And, Unbound Medicine releases 2011 edition of 5-Minute Clinical Consult for Mobile + Web. 

Busy week for whitepapers and reports…

Reportlinker adds Mobile Healthcare Opportunities: Monitoring, Applications & mHealth Strategies 2010-2014. This report provides five year forecasts for public sector savings attributable to m-Health monitoring, as well the number of health monitoring events per year and service revenue from health monitoring. Other key forecasts include revenue and user forecasts from fitness and healthcare apps as well as the number of users that downloaded lifestyle and healthcare apps.

Verizon releases whitepaper – “Telehealth Unites the Healthcare Ecosystem”

Voalte offers whitepaper – “Smart Hospitals: Embracing Smartphones at the Point of Care”

Finally, The Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University publishes a policy whitepaper sponsored by the mHealth Alliance entitled, “Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries".

  • For those looking to increase information about mobile technology or share their strategies, Dr. Halamka over at Life as a Healthcare CIO is seeking your thoughts to help inform a research project into making best use of mobile technology. He’s going to post the findings over at his blog; sounds like some of this information could inform the conversation.

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