News 7/23/10


Autom, a robotic weight loss coach developed by a Hong Kong company, sits on the counter and coaches patients about diet and exercise. Autom plans to enter the US market in 2011.

GE Healthcare requests FCC for access to wireless spectrum for remote monitoring devices. The only problem is that the spectrum requested is currently used by Boeing for flight testing and Boeing doesn’t want to share it.  GE claims the spectrum in question is the only cost-effective one for remote monitoring due to power requirements. 

Mason District Hospital (IL) uses tele-phsychiatry to deliver mental health services to rural patients.

Oklahoma State University uses telemedicine to consult with Iraqi pediatricians at a 655-bed hospital in Baghdad.

Aboriginal Medical Services Northern Territory (Australia) provides Aboriginal Health Workers with iPads to enable remote access and modification of medical records stored in Sydney.

More Australian iPad news, The Royal Children’s Hospital is distributing iPads to hospitalized students to continue studies while unable to attend school.

GeckoSystems announces a contract with Sprint to expand its trial of CareBot, GeckoSystem’s home elder care robot and remote monitoring solution. 

On the heels of Spanish telecom Telefonica’s launching of a global e-health unit, here’s a good assessment of what telecoms have to gain from moves to integrate into mobile health delivery.


Qualcomm and Medical Platform Asia (MedPA) announce an agreement to distribute 3G-enabled medical devices to remote patients in Japan. Blood pressure, weight, and exercise data will be transmitted over 3G to providers.

Lake Chelan Community Hospital (WA) is named to AHA’s Most Wired Hospital list. The 25-bed facility provides telemedicine services including pharmacy, radiology, stroke, and health education.   

Cisco partners with OneCommunity, “a leader in incubating public-private partnerships”, to implement a pilot of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities in Northern Ohio. The program is broad in scope, but will include healthcare education and telemedicine via Cisco’s HealthPresence.

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System (NY) selects In Motion Technology’s onBoard Mobile Gateway for emergency response vehicles to allow for wireless network sensing and seamless connectivity while on the go.


MedWest Health System (NC) selects Allscripts Remote for its 260 physicians.

Alta Family Health Clinic (CA) enables patients to get dermatologic consults via telemedicine links to San Francisco specialists. Ophthalmology, neurology, and psychiatry services will be next.

Cherokee Regional Medical Center (IA) utilizes iPads for nursing practices. In selecting and distributing apps for enterprises, it would be nice if Apple allowed for Enterprise App Stores of approved internal and external apps.  I know some third party vendors allow for approved lists of apps, but enterprise-specific app stores, which allow for more granular selection of vetted and approved apps, would be helpful.  Does anybody have any experience with this and suggestions for workarounds?


Congratulations to our sponsor Vocera, which added 20 new customers last quarter and had revenue growth of 47% from last year.

Apple beats Wall Street predictions with 78% and 61% increases in net income and revenue, respectively, last quarter. 

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  • Judging by the two leaders in today’s stories, one has to ask: when will Apple produce its first robot?

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