News 5/25/10


2010 Mobile Merit Awards announced. The Mobile Merit Awards recognizes companies, individuals and technologies that have shaped the way in which the world communicates. Winner of the mHealth category is WellDoc. Runner-up goes to PatientKeeper. Congratulations to both companies!

The mHealth Initiative, in conjunction with Brandman University School of Nursing and Health Professions, announces the 2010 Awards for Nursing Innovation Using Mobile Technology in Clinical Practice. According to Claudia Tessier, President of mHealth Initiative, “We particularly want to recognize the adoption of mobile apps in nursing as this important component of healthcare is often overlooked.”… I personally couldn’t agree more. I hope there are plenty of nominations that highlight new solutions and use-cases, as well as just great success stories. I’m happy to pass them along in this forum if you know of any.


CIBA VISION creates mobile ‘app’ to train eyecare professionals. The Academy2GO iPhone app by CIBA VISION, a Novartis business unit, is a free download providing convenient, mobile availability of educational videos, feature articles, product news and everyday eye care tips. The app is part of the CIBA VISION Academy for Eyecare Excellence continuing education service for eyecare professionals.


KoamTac introduces ultra mobile Bluetooth barcode scanner for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The KDCi range of Bluetooth barcode scanners designed specifically for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are two cubic inches in size and weigh only 1.2 ounces… Another possible solution for the many people who’ve lamented the lack of a built-in barcode scanner on the iPhone or iPad. Takers?

American Medical Alert Corp, Hughes Telematics Inc, and Qualcomm form Lifecomm to offer cellular personal emergency response system (PERS) solution. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Telematics, Inc, and aims to have its first fully mobile cellular solution ready for the market in 2011. 

Finally, there’s an interesting article at MSNBC by Jim Finkle and Franklin Paul which discusses Dell’s smartphone strategy. Bottom line: Dell is focused on the business user. With 70 percent of its business already coming from the business market, Dell’s in no hurry to jump into the consumer smartphone melee. Among the industries they will be targeting? You guessed it – healthcare. In addition to the Aero smartphone running Android (due out this summer), the company will be releasing the Streak tablet in Europe next month. At half the size of the iPad, it just may prove a better form factor for healthcare… Look for this to heat up over the next couple of months.

BTW… Just installed AT&T’s 3GMicrocell at the house. Anyone else live in a dead zone? It’s about as true “plug-and-play” as I’ve ever worked with… and I’ve spent more time than I care to admit configuring and re-configuring home networks, including modems, routers, gateways, and WAPs. Once it’s up and running, the coverage is unbelievable. 5 bars instead of none. The microcell, which is manufactured by Cisco, is a fairly attractive device as far as network appliances go. You simply plug it into your home network, place it within 3 feet of a window so that the device can acquire a GPS lock (I think this has to do with the fact that the microcell is using licensed frequency), give it 90 minutes or so, and voila… As you might notice, I prefer to entertain myself with the technical aspects of the gadget rather than to ask the question: “Why did I just pay my carrier $150 to shore up a hole in their network?” After all, the minutes used on the microcell still count against my balance… Ah, the things we do to stay connected.

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