News 7/2/10


Look out iPad, there’s a new game changer in town – here comes Cisco Cius. The Android-based, enterprise-leaning mobile “collaboration” device features front (HD) and rear facing cameras,WiFi, 8-hour battery life, virtual desktop integration, and full Telepresence interoperability. Trials start Q3 2010 with availability early next year.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Emergency Medicine Network (EMNet) launches FindER, a free iPhone app which uses EMNet’s database of 5,000 EDs to provide GPS based ED locations, directions, and push to call.

A 1.5 ounce cell phone microscope out of UCLA is about to begin trials in Africa  It’s inexpensive, easy to use, can “detect sub-cellular elements”, and can “produce holographic images". Amazing.  

This excerpt from Joseph Kim, MD, highlights an important clinical function of smart phones not often discussed: the camera  I’ve used my phone’s camera on multiple occasions during surgeries for later use in educational presentations and publications.


text4baby, launched in February 2010, announces that more than 50,000 women have registered for the free service, which provides timely health information to pregnant women and new parents.

Ascom Mobile Connect, a wireless communications consolidation platform, is now available for the iPhone.

European mobile provider Orange Austria launches mobile monitoring service for €10 per month.

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Smartphone enabled Afridoctor app is a “first aid information kit, doctor-location service, and an emergency distress notifier”.

The VA is using the messaging system mCare to push wellness tips and appointment reminders to wounded vets. Here is more news about the VA plans to expand wireless mHealth services.

This report from the UK finds missed appointments were reduced by up to 30% with text reminders.

This was a scary, and slightly amusing, story out of Victoria (Australia) about ambulances getting lost. The amusing part was how the patient claims she used her iPhone to direct the ambulance driver.

Above is an ABC News video featuring wireless-enabled stethoscopes from 3M which are being used by mobile medical clinics.

GlaxoSmithKline and MedTrust Online launch an iPhone app enabling doctors to find relevant cancer trials for patients based on GPS.

GWU physicians are using telemedicine to consult, monitor, and treat Gulf Coast oil cleanup crews suffering from what has been coined “Oil Spill Syndrome”.

Above is a video of Gyromaniac, a new game that will take advantage of the iPhone 4’s gyroscope capability to help virtually train gastroenterologists.

This is an interesting post, with sources, of top trends in mobile health technology. It provides a good overview of some of the more exciting things that have been evolving in mobile health.

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