News 6/16/10

The Clinical Pharmacology drug information database is now available for smart phones, with a free trial available.

Zargis Medical Corp licenses lung sound analysis technology from Stethographics, Inc, with plans to incorporate it into its telemedicine platform.

This well-balanced article discusses relevant issues to consider before implementing mobile devices, particularly the iPad.

Ever wonder if the iPad is functional in the OR? Apparently it works in a sterile enclosure while gowned and gloved.
PharmaTrust shows off MedCenter at the Goldman Sachs 31st Annual Healthcare Conference in LA this week. The automated dispensing center dispenses over 2,000 medications in multiple languages and offers remote consultations with pharmacists.

The Iowa Board of Medicine reviews the legality of tele-abortions, which have been performed in about 1,500 cases.

Midlands Primary Care Trust (UK) gets 1,850 qualified referrals for vascular health checks using iPLATO Patient Care Messaging.


Starting on June 24th, iPhone 4 launch day, the 3G Doctor (UK) service will offer video consultations to iPhone 4 users in the UK and Ireland. Cost is £35 /consultation.

Preliminary results from a combined Aetna/Intel study reveal success of remote wireless monitoring in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients.


Nextrials, Inc. launches a free iPad version of its clinical trial data management platform, Prism.

The CHAMPION Trial (don’t you love cardiology trial names?), which evaluated the CardioMEMS wireless, implantable Heart Sensor, finds reductions in hospitalizations for CHF patients of 30% and 38% at six months and one year, respectively.

Speaking of heart monitors, startup project Cognionics wins the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge to commercialize wireless, external heart monitors. Future plans include brain sensors. San Diego wireless health continues to boom.

Continua Health Alliance is creating an open source code library to run medical applications on smart phones.

VHA, Inc. enables mobile access to its Leading Practices Portal, easing member access to key quality metrics and clinical outcome measures.

Corpsmen with the 4th Marine Logistics Group are trained to use the AHLTA EMR on a Symbol MC70 mobile device in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. They will use it to upload combat casualty information to AHLTA’s clinical data repository and to access treatment guidelines for biological, chemical, and radiation attacks.

BlackBerry Healthcare Market Development Manager Fraser Edward discusses the role of smart phones in healthcare today and into the future.

Varian Medical will move its employee applications from BlackBerry to the iPhone, saying iPhone OS 4.0’s security and management capabilities appear to be adequate.


Allscripts Remote covers several mobile devices, including iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad (just released this week), and Android (hitting the street in a couple of weeks). These connect to Allscripts Enterprise EHR and Professional EHR, with connections to MyWay and Misys EMR being tested now. They use the connection called UAI (University Application Integrator) that he and I talked about at length in a May 2007 HIStalk interview .

The Daily Mail documents conditions in the Chinese plant (aka “the i-Nightmare factory”) that makes components of the iPhone and other consumer devices and which has had a rash of employee suicides. The company’s response: they brought in monks to exorcise evil spirits, installed nets around the dormitories the employees were leaping from, appointed “spotter teams” to watch the employees and ship troubled ones off to a mental hospital involuntarily, and forced employees to sign a contract saying they won’t kill themselves and giving up their legal rights if they do.

Virginia Beach (VA) ambulances will carry a tablet PC that allows them to communicate with any Sentara hospital. They say it’s the first program of its kind.

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