News 5/14/11


A retrospective study of ResolutionMD mobile conducted by the founders of the company finds it to be very accurate (94%-100%) for diagnosis of acute stroke.  Having the study done by the founders made the conflict of interest statement very interesting.


WebMD releases an Android version of its mobile consumer platform. The app includes a symptom checker, health and med information, and local provider listings. WebMD for iOS (iPhone and iPad) has been downloaded more than five million times.

EMUrgent Care (FL) is named a premier-listed facility in iTriage’s mobile app. As I’m writing about iTriage and WebMD, I’m wondering why WebMD isn’t out selling its mobile application to healthcare facilities the same way that Healthagen is out selling iTriage? Maybe they are, but I’m not seeing it. WebMD has five times the number of downloads and a much bigger brand with consumers, who are the target users for both iTriage and WebMD.


Apple EMR/PM vendor MacPractice launches an iPad Kiosk App to allow patients to self register at the point of care using an iPad. This story is a few weeks old, but I think I missed it.

Verizon and Healthsense sign a deal to market Healthsense remote monitoring solutions to senior and assisted-living facilities that have Verizon FiOS.   Healthsense products use household monitors to detect changes in behavior and report those to defined contacts.

A Florida dermatologist uses a robot to perform remote patient encounters to ensure his patients have physician coverage. Apparently the images are not high quality enough to do cancer screenings or review suspicious lesions, but it works well for rashes like shingles or poison ivy. My only question is, why does somebody need to see a dermatologist, either remotely or in person, for shingles when a PCP should be able to diagnose and treat it?


Blausen Human Atlas HD, an animated app well suited for patient education, is released for the BlackBerry Playbook tablet. As the short article points out, more apps like this will need to be ported to the Playbook to increase its uptake in healthcare.

Sherman Health releases an In Case of Emergency mobile app to allow patients to store info about emergency contacts, medications, existing conditions, and allergies. This info can then be accessed by emergency responders. Sherman feels the benefits of access to such information outweigh the potential risks.

Hospital wireless provider Integer Wireless signs a partnership with startup Nukona to include Nukona’s mobile security platform as part of Integer’s portfolio of products.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (UK) begins a pilot of iPads for patients in recovery from spinal surgery. The pilot involves having clinicians assess efficacy using patient feedback while at the facility. Patients can continue providing feedback at home over Web interfaces.

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) launches the Cancer.Net mobile app, which provides educational content about specific cancers, medication tracking, a place to ask questions and store responses from providers, and track symptoms.  I read recently that this is going to be the summer of QR codes and this Web page is no exception. I’m seeing them all over the place.

RxEOB launches emWellics mobile platform that payers, PBMs, and other care plans can white label. The app provides members with medication information, price comparisons, and questions for physician visits. The press release seems a little premature, so maybe it’s defensive — emWellics won’t be implemented until 2012.

The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition, worth $10 million, challenges developers to “develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.”  The competition starts in 2012. It will be interesting to see what people develop.

The most recent round of winners of Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenge are announced and three involve mobile technology. The mobile solutions, each of which get $100,000 for Phase 1, are targeted at malaria diagnosis, mosquito zapping (really), and monitoring brain injuries in kids.  

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN) installs the HyGreen wireless hand washing reminder system to automatically detect compliance and remind staff about hand washing.

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

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