News 7/30/10

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (NJ) partners with Specialists on Call (SOC) to provide telestroke service to patients. The service allows remote neurologists to review images and participate in patient exams via audiovisual equipment.


The FDA approves Airstrip Critical Care and Cardiology, extending the reach of Airstrip’s real-time remote monitoring solutions.

Oregon Health & Science University and Legacy Health’s Devers Eye Institute (OR) will provide teleophthalmology services to Indian Health Services (IHS) patients. Of note in the article, only two of the 43 tribes in the NW have eye care providers.


Japan is also using teleophthalmology to address shortages of specialists. They are testing a remote controlled slit lamp microscope (“Eye-view Robo”) allowing for real-time remote examination as opposed to store-and-forward methods commonly used. 

Google’s Roni Zeiger, MD discusses his company’s efforts in Haiti to help earthquake victims and NGOs better link needs and resources.

University of Illinois at Chicago partners with Illinois Department of Corrections to pilot a telemedicine program to treat HIV and Hepatitis C infected inmates. 

Dr. Chrono, an iPad based EMR, is the most recent vendor to guarantee they will meet meaningful use.

Ukraine launches medical television network to communicate information about epidemics and emergencies, collect data (not sure how that will be done), make specialty care more affordable and accessible, and disseminate educational material.


The Afridoctor smart phone app released in South Africa is a “virtual health clinic” for those who can afford the Nokia smartphones that it runs on. There are now plans to extend the app to all WAP-enabled smart phones.

The AHA requests additional changes to the CMS rules regarding credentialing and privileging for telemedicine services.


CVS Caremark releases an iPhone app that provides information about drugs and prices while also allowing for medication management. Walgreens has a similar app that we reported on about a month ago.

Mayo Clinic opens the Center for Social Media to help train healthcare organizations in the use of social media to connect providers and patients. According to the article, just 15-20% of US hospitals are using social media.

E-Health Industries Innovation (EHi2) Centre opens in Wales to help drive development of mobile healthcare technology.

El Camino Hospital (CA) uses Medtronic’s Lifenet System to wirelessly transmit ECG from ambulance to ED and then onto a cardiologist’s smart phone.

Ten ways the iPad is changing the healthcare landscape.


Jokko Initiative utilizes SMS to educate and improve health in Senegal.


Econo-Keys releases a fully waterproof, RF-wireless medical mouse ($65). The device can be cleaned with any cleaning agent and even submerged for washing.

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