News 7/28/10

MountainStar Healthcare (UT), a subsidiary of HCA, provides average ED wait times on billboards, its Web site, and via SMS messages.


Cisco VP of Healthcare Kaveh Safavi states: “One of the things we’ve discovered is doctors have to change the way they practice medicine to take advantage of” telepresence technology. According to the interview, both scheduling and reimbursement models will need to change to accommodate telepresence technology into practice.

In attempts to cut costs, insurers Aetna, Wellpoint, and Humana are all piloting home monitoring programs for cardiac patients.


British GP Dr. Neil Paul releases his fourth iPhone app. His list includes iCalcRisk (cardiac risk calculator), iMCQ (multiple choice questions for medical student studies), A2Z of Dermatology (dermatology diagnoses), and the new app that uses the iPhone 4’s gyroscope to track motion.

Curry Health Network (OR) launches a telestroke program.

Speaking of telestroke, a new Mayo study finds it can result in long-term cost savings, though the report also calls for more research on the topic. (Demaerschalk BM, Hwang HM, Leung G. Cost analysis review of stroke centers, telestroke, and rt-PA. Am J Manag Care 2010;16:537-44)

Medica Health Plans launches an iPhone app (free) of Main Street Medica to provide users with cost information for labs, meds, procedures, supplies, and different conditions.

Phillips Healthcare demos Intellispace in a Chennai (India) virtual hospital. It’s is a wireless monitoring, automated charting, and decision support system, all in one.

In Motion Technology announces the release of onBoard Nav with Garmin GPS device integration to assist ambulance fleets.  We reported about In Motion last week after North Shore Long Island Jewish Health (NY) chose it for wireless network sensing and connectivity.

The FCC and FDA sign a MOU to “encourage investment in wireless medical technology, ensure that all devices operate safely, and streamline regulatory processes, including by clarifying the agencies’ jurisdiction over wireless devices”.

Dell video explaining of Dell Mobile Clinical Computing.

Rwandan community health workers issue mobile phones to improve maternal and child care. Workers can report emergencies, submit reports, and report negligence. 

A new Spyglass Consulting Group report finds that 94% of physicians use smart phones (44% iPhone, 25% BlackBerry), up from 60% in 2006. It should be noted that the study only included “more than 100” interviews, though it does go into depth about clinician communication needs and problems.


WhiteGlove House Call Health (TX), a home care service company, announces its WhiteGlove Mobile iPhone app (free), which allows users to schedule appointments and view their medical history.

In Touch Health, a telemedicine solutions provider, unveils RP-Vantage, a tool for surgical telementoring and collaboration.

The Maine Telemedicine Summit (August 17) will address opportunities for expansion of telemedicine to rural Maine residents.

EX Plan

The National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation launches Become an EX iPhone app ($0.99) with custom quit plans, games, videos, and news for smokers wishing to quit.

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