News 6/23/10

GWU and Howard University (DC) secure grant funding to implement the popular PHR system for the management of diabetics. Patients will use cell phones running NoMoreClipboard to update providers.

Using Continua standards, Cambridge Consultants combines its Vena platform with Qualcomm’s Wearable Mobile Device module to enable connectivity of medical devices and online health services wirelessly.

The Mobile Health Project from Kilifi Kids is using cell phones to improve healthcare delivery and combat child malnutrition in Kenya.

New versions of 3M’s ChartView and Electronic Signature Authentication software merge the respective web and desktop versions, providing secure access and the ability to sign a patient chart remotely.


A recent study published in Archives of Internal Medicine (Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(7):648-653) finds lower mortality and ventilator use in ICU patients with remote intensivist coverage.

The return of the doctor’s house call, only virtual now, enabled (and written) by Cisco.

Do you live in the Boston area and have an interest in HIT?  An open house to launch the new Collaborative Care Technology Working Group (CCTWG) will take place in Waltham on June 30.

JH iPhone App Poster HR.eps

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare (KY) announces an app for iPhone and BlackBerry allowing users to access hospital information, make appointments, and track caloric intake.

A study of 14 patients in the journal Movement Disorders finds improved quality of life and motor performance in Parkinson’s patients receiving telemedicine care.


Pri-Med, which provides education services to over 220,000 clinicians, introduces Pri-Med Mobile for iPhone and Android. The app provides CME-eligible content as well as clinical challenges for Amazon gift cards. The BlackBerry version is slotted for July.

Cook Children’s Medical Center (TX) selects Amelior Tracker by Patient Care Technology Systems to provide RFID-based tracking of equipment, staff, and patients.

We appreciate that 3G Doctor took the time to respond to M’s product review this week. Their logical points:

  • The questionnaire is long because doctors need that level of information, plus it directs patients logically given logical answers.
  • The question responses are often used to document the care and advice given.
  • The UK system is far superior to that of the US (OK, they were a bit over the top on that one, but we’ll let that slide since long waits for NHS appointments probably give patients more time to try their app).
  • The actual consultation itself is conducted on the company’s call, so the patient does not incur telephone charges.

Lighthouse1 announces its mobile app to be released this fall, providing users with more control of and transparency into health benefits and spending.

This CBS News story discusses mobile apps and Web sites targeting patients.

Emerging Healthcare Solutions, Inc. announces its upcoming e-911 app for the iPhone, which transmits a user’s medical history information when they dial 911 on the phone. The company has set a goal of 1 million downloads in the first year. My only question: is it victims/patients who typically dial 911 or is it bystanders?


Behemoth HCA announces a partnership with Healthagen to provide clinical and facilities information to smartphone users in Mississippi and Louisiana. It’s been a good week for Healthagen, as Riverside Community Hospital (CA) states it will use iTriage to provide smartphone users with average ER wait times.


The local paper profiles Smile Reminder, a Utah-based company formed in 2000 to send text message appointment reminders to patients. It’s grown to 60 employees, servers 10,000 doctors and dentists, now does patient-doctor communication, and just signed a deal with GE Healthcare (details not provided). It charges $299 per month per practice and claims to drop no-show rates by up to 80%. It suggests interesting customer retention services: sending birthday greetings, offering last-minute cancellation appointments, embedded refer-a-friend links, and sending surveys.

Health workers in Malawi use free SMS messaging software to track TB outbreaks, saving money and allowing twice as many patients to be treated. They bought recycled cell phones at prices ranging from $15 to $50 each, a GSM modem for $200, and a donated Compaq laptop. The software is from FrontlineSMS:Medic, a non-profit started by Stanford students that recently received a Google charitable grant.

UnitedHealthcare and Centura Health launch the Connected Care network to link rural Coloradans to specialists on the Front Range (I-25 corridor) of Colorado. The service will take advantage of the Colorado Telehealth Network.

This H&HN article calls for standards, certifications and global payment modifications to ensure the success of home monitoring technology.

Has anybody else seen all the press recently about the new, extra rugged Motorola ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant with potential applications in healthcare? Here’s a pretty good review of it.

Practis introduces mPractis, a mobile version of the Web sites it designs for practices.

E-mail HIStalk Mobile.

  • Great coverage today; the embedded news videos look interesting.

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