News 6/30/10


A Partners Healthcare study finds a 27% higher rate of medication adherence with the use of Vitality’s GlowCap pill bottle cap. GlowCap has built in wireless, allowing for automated calls for missed doses, reminders, and reporting. This is pretty cool stuff, as studies find daily medication adherence at 50% with $300 billion in annual estimated costs associated with non-adherence. I’m sure insurance companies might be interested as well.

The University of Arizona Rural Health Professionals Program links medical students to rural physician preceptors and even provides exposure and education around telemedicine.

A House Committee claims mHealth as the answer to the VA delivering healthcare to rural veterans. The only mHealth application I’ve seen at the VA is retinal images, taken at a VA hospital, transmitted to an optometrist in Utah to check the status of diabetic retinopathy. Are readers familiar with VA mHealth programs currently available?


Integrating communication with Voalte into one smart, mobile device is catching on with nurses and administrators.

Baptist Easley Hospital (SC), facing shortages of psychiatrists and cost pressures, implements telepsychiatry for ED patients.

President Obama calls for another 500 MHz of spectrum for wireless data services to “allow for the development of mobile telemedicine”, among other things.

A recent report finds that true innovation in Health IT will be in the arena of mobile and wireless technologies.


John Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, recently wrote an article on mHealth, with coverage of the industry, its role in the broader health reform debate, and the pending increase in regulatory oversight.

This is an interesting interview with Eric Topol, co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute in San Diego, on the present and future application of wireless technologies in healthcare. Speaking of West Wireless and San Diego, they hosted an mHealth Summit this past Monday organized by the World Economic Forum.

The AMA House of Delegates calls for separate payments for providers in “non-face-to-face electronic visits” to include Web portals, remote monitoring, and virtual visits and telemedicine.

Hearing aids get the addition of Bluetooth, making the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices possible.

Healthcare Innovation EXPO 2010 (October in London) focuses on “mobile health and social care” geared to community-based providers.

 ED App

Do you suffer from erectile dysfunction?  There’s an app for that.

InVivoLink expands its offering of scheduling and inventory management software for implant surgeries with the introduction of mobile Remote Control app for all major mobile platforms.

Healthagen’s iTriage, which we’ve been reporting about every post it seems, is now being deployed by Meridian Health (NJ). I think we should get an interview with these guys.

In iPhone 4 news, here’s a article about Facetime, Apple’s new video chat service, which has obvious potential healthcare applications. Do any users have opinions on the quality or usability of the service? I would give my own opinion, but my iPhone 4 order has been put on hold and both AT&T and Apple are blaming each other at the moment.

NEC Corporation rolls out an RFID asset tracking system at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (Brazil), which the article calls “a pioneer system in South America”.

MIT researchers develop a $2 cell phone add-on called PerfectSight that will let patients, particularly those in developing countries, check their own eyesight. Also using consumer technology to create diagnostic tools: Rice University, whose biomedical engineers worked with MD Anderson to rig a $400 Olympus digital camera and special dyes that can detect cancerous cells in the cheek, which could make it possible for non-pathologists to perform portable cancer screening.

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