News 7/14/10

Concern is growing over the reliability of health-related smart phone apps and the direct-to-consumer nature of them, according to this LA Times article. 

Rochester Immediate Care (NY) and Michigan Avenue Immediate Care (MI) partner with Healthagen to provide facility information and symptom checking on mobile devices via iTriage app.

CompuMed extends contract to provide remote, telemedicine-based ECG service to Oklahoma and Arizona prisoners. Since CardioNet can’t get reimbursed by insurance providers for its Mobile Outpatient Cardiac Telemetry (MCOT) service, maybe it should market to correctional facilities.

In more prisoner-related health news, California is considering shifting prison heath care to the University of California and utilizing telemedicine to link UC physicians to prisoners remotely.

I’m not sure why prisoner mHealth is so big in the news this week, but Correctional Medical Services, a telemedicine service for inmates, is awarded “Best of Breed” by Missouri Department of Corrections. The program is estimated to save 1,000 outside medical visits a year.

A 325-mile long fiber optic network is launched to link 30 North County (NY) facilities to specialists in Syaracuse and Utica for telemedicine services. Telepsychiatry is one of the service offerings, with neurology and cardiology to follow.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs calls “wellness” and “chronic care management” the two biggest areas of potential for wireless health.


Botswana mobile provider Orange partners with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership program and ClickDiagnostics to show “clinical effectiveness for remote diagnosis using mobile phones”.

This AP article discusses the Howard/GW/NoMoreClipoard diabetes project we recently reported on and presents summary results of other short-term studies on the efficacy of mHealth.


Mobile healthcare application developer Diversinet names Mark Trigsted as executive VP, healthcare.

Physicians in Taiwan are utilizing the iPad to improve communication with and education of patients.

Master’s students in Global Health at Duke University will be issued iPads this fall to investigate its use in field research studies.

Meridian Health (NJ) partners with Cypak to launch iMPak Health, a joint venture “to develop smart, easy to use wireless devices and services to screen and monitor health and overall well being globally”. The first device is Health Journal for Pain, a wireless pain journal. 

AMD Global Telemedicine, a supplier of telemedicine technology, announces AGNES Medical Gateway, an agnostic “telemedicine device aggregation appliance”. releases new version of its iPad-based EMR, which includes the ability to customize SOAP note templates and create dynamic macros. Next up, a social networking portal.


Zipnosis, the self-pay remote diagnosis and treatment service, files with the SEC to raise up to $2 million in investment capital.

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  • Smalltown CIO

    Prison healthcare is a huge issue for most states. Once the inmate enters the prison, their healthcare becomes the responsibility of the state. When you think about the costs of setting up a healthcare visit for an inmate including the appropriate escort, etc., it becomes very expensive very quickly. This is where telehealth can play a big part in reducing some of the costs of providing healthcare to prisons.

    A secondary issue is the lack of proper medical record data for the physicians to access when treating an inmate. I have spoken with physicians that have told me they will get a call in the middle of the night to prescribe a medication for an inmate. However, because the physician has no medical history to look at, they are forced to request that the inmate is brought in to see them. Again, the cost to transport an inmate is expensive.

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