News 6/14/10

American Diversified Holdings Corporation signs a software development agreement with Com-Guard to build secure healthcare applications for iPhones, iPads and Touch, and Android as the company enters the healthcare market. Com-Guard’s flagship product is ComputerSafe.

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Saint Elizabeth Health Care, which delivers over 3.8 million home health visits annually in Canada, will roll out the CellTrak home care system to its front line workers to improve scheduling efficiency and operations. CellTrak will link to Procura’s clinical management system to load real-time schedule information and will use GPS data to optimize routes used by workers. Good news for Apple haters: CellTrak will run on Blackberry.

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Healthrageous secures $6 million in series A funding to commercialize its mobile healthcare delivery platform that uses biometric sensors, smart phones, and individualized coaching and incentives to provide customized self-management to patients with chronic conditions. The system was developed by the Center for Connected Health of  Partners HealthCare in Boston and has been shown to improve management of patients with diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

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Sotero Wireless gets press about its Visi Mobile continuous vital signs monitor and wireless transmitter. The device, in clinical trials, is intended for use in both hospitals and homes.

This interesting story covers the promise of using mobile phones to fight maternal mortality in the developing world, with a focus on Latin America. Of note, 90% of the Latin American population has a cell phone. This brings me back to the lecture I attended describing how Chile tried to build a wired telecom system, only to find that people kept stealing the copper wire because if its value.

Caritas Christi Health Care, the largest community healthcare system in New England, implements MedAptus’ Intelligent Charge Capture on Blackberry and Web-enabled workstations.

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Socket Mobile announces that its Bluetooth barcode reader will be compatible with iPhone OS 4.0.

If you like the iPad and its potential as a clinical tool, you’ll appreciate this Harvard hospitalist’s recap on its use in John Halamka’s blog. He didn’t need an external keyboard. If you have clinical experience with the iPad, why not share here?

The iPad e-mail breach from this past week, which exposed the e-mail addresses of over 114,000 iPad users, raises security concerns that may curb the iPad’s ascension to mobile healthcare dominance.

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Harbor Hospital (MD) launches an ad campaign that targets mobile phone users with the hospital’s geographic service area. Clicking the banner ads gives mobile users directions as well as phone links to the emergency department. The article doesn’t mention anything about advertising ED wait times, but that seems like the logical next step.

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Castlight Health, backed by VC and Cleveland Clinic money, is building a search engine for health care prices and ratings. The service, which lets consumers learn more about healthcare prices, will be available in the mobile environment shortly, allowing them to check prices in real time while talking to their providers.

Globaltel Media and Scribe-Well announce a new transcription solution that can transmit clinical records and images via SMS to cell phones on any carrier’s network. Scribe-Well claims the system is “highly secure and HIPAA compliant.”

It’s not exactly mobile HIT-related, but interesting nonetheless: a New England Journal of Medicine article encourages doctors to advise patients against using cell phones while driving, similar to counseling them to stop smoking and to use seat belts. Is there an ICD code for this?

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  • Soda Pop Man

    I keep reading about innovative ways in which developing countries are trying to use cell phones/smart phones to advance healthcare. Seems not only wise, given the ubiquitous nature of cell phones, but also cost effective. Why aren’t we taking more note here in the so-called “first world” considering our massive healthcare dollars and care crises?

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