News 7/21/10

UK wireless carrier Orange announces its Smartnumbers service, which intelligently routes patient calls to the best person or team available.

Another European carrier, Telefonica, launches a global e-health unit.

A new Lancet study finds improved blood pressure in patients who use self-monitoring and telecare vs routine follow-up.  (McManus RJ, Mant J, Bray EP, et al. Telemedicine and self-management in the control of hypertension (TASMINH2): a randomised control trial. The Lancet;376:163-172)     


ValueOptions, “the nation’s largest independent behavioral health care company,” launches a pilot of its Telemed Direct service in Immokalee, FL. The service provides telepsychiatry consultations and is powered by Verizon Telehealth Collaboration Services.

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center (WV) uses telemedicine to fill staff and specialty gaps, helping patients avoid travel.

HealthPartners (MN) licenses the Diversinet MobiSecure Health Platform to develop mobile applications for communication between patients and providers.


Doctors in Japan use iPhones for home health visits and even remote consultation of CT images of aneurysms (pictured above).


pMDsoft Charge Capture app (pictured above) allows physicians to charge at the point-of-care, auto-syncing all charge entries with pMDsoft servers.


N2Care unveils a prototype of MedCottage, its 12×24 foot modular medical home built for home care and remote monitoring. One hundred will be produced in 2011, with a price tag of $65-75K or $1,500-2,000 per month.

The Center for Technology and Aging announces the 5 winners of grants to demonstrate utility of remote patient monitoring.

Smart phone weight loss and nutritional management apps are helping patients take control of their health. I’ve used the LoseIt app and it is a great way to learn what you’re actually consuming.

Rural patients in KS utilize Connect2Quit for remote smoking cessation counseling.

Saint Luke’s Health System (KS)  is the latest to choose iTriage from Healthagen for delivery of information to customers.

Telemedicine finally has traction and is quickly moving to the forefront of care delivery. This article summarizes the drivers, including millions from the government that we reported recently.

Wisconsin distributes ~$1 million as part of its Universal Service Fund (USF) Telemedicine program.

NTP, the patent holding company that sued and won $600 million from Research In Motion (RIM) in 2006 for violating NTP’s wireless e-mail patents, files similar suits against Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, HTC, and LG.  Stories like that make me want to be an attorney.

A remote wound care project is piloted in France.

There is speculation that Apple’s strained relationship with Google will soon see pre-built apps from Google removed from the iPhone.

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  • The PACS Designer

    Happy to hear that LoseIt! was of help in monitoring your consumption of foods. It’s been on TPD’s List of iPhone Apps for quite a while.

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