News 7/9/10


CardioNet, the supplier of Mobile Outpatient Cardiac Telemetry (MCOT) pictured above, announces that United Healthcare will maintain its position that “outpatient cardiovascular telemetry is unproven for managing cardiac arrhythmias”. Translation: MCOT is still not a covered benefit.

Bluetooth 4.0 officially adopted. New “low energy technology” reduces cost and power consumption, allowing devices to operate for years on coin-cell batteries. This has great potential for wireless healthcare.


Watermark Medical’s Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES) allows at home testing for sleep apnea for $250 vs. $1,500-$3,000 at a sleep center. Results are transferred via USB (yes, not wireless) to remote, board-certified sleep specialists for readings.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation funds ($1.8 million) the Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties (STORC) program, which delivers prenatal care to high-risk patients in rural areas.

A pair of surgeons from AZ and CA (pictured above) use iPhone 4s and Apple FaceTime for video consultation with a diabetic patient.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida launches mobile Web site allowing members to view ID cards, find doctors, and review benefits. Non-members can use the site to shop for insurance.

Kinnser releases a mobile Web version of its home health software, Agency Manager, allowing iPhones and iPads to be used for “nursing notes, OASIS forms, signing orders, sending HIPAA-compliant messages and routing clinical documents’”.


A new Kaiser study finds patient-physician email communication is associated with improved effectiveness of care, AIc, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Summa Health System (OH) releases iTriage app from Healthagen to give patients information about ED wait times, facility locations, and provider information.

Sana, “an open-source Android-based telemedicine platform for clinical research and best-practice health care delivery” which we reported on last week, is being tested in India.

The Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation (MD) utilizes Cmed Technology’s (UK) Timaeus clinical data management platform in concert with wireless cards to transmit clinical trials data in real-time to Rockville, MD, for analysis and decision support.


The 2010 mHealth Summit (DC, November 8-10) announces its list of sponsors for the event: Abbott, Microsoft Research, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skype and Verizon Wireless. Skype is apparently interested in promoting its platform for mHealth.

Milford Regional Medical Center (MA) deploys Aruba Networks’ HIPAA-compliant Wi-Fi for telemetry, voice, infusion pumps and guest access. Aruba’s Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology ensures latency sensitive services, such as telemetry, are prioritized and operate reliably.

myEliteHealth, touted as a ”medical Facebook”, enables patients to store records, refill prescription, set appointments, communicate with physicians, and social network with other members. Free for one month and then $14.95/month.

VHA, a healthcare member organization focused and supply chain analytics, selects MicroStrategy Mobile to build the mobile version of its SupplyLYNX platform for VHA members.

The University of Rochester pediatric telemedicine program Health-E-Access will receive one of only five AHA Nova Awards later this month at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.


The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), who we recently reported on, signs an agreement to integrate PharmaTrust’s drug dispensing MedCentres, which we also recently reported on, into OTNs telemedicine service offerings.

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  • Re: “A new Kaiser study finds patient-physician email communication is associated with improved effectiveness of care, AIc, cholesterol, and blood pressure.”

    I’d agree with Stephen Wilkins over at Mind the Gap on this one: I think better communication between patients and physicians would lead to improved care, electronic or otherwise.

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