News 8/13/10


Two-year-old startup AmeriDoc, which provides telemedicine / virtual care plans, moves operations from Florida to Texas to accommodate massive growth, with telemedicine services to hit annual revenue of $3.6 billion in the next five years.

Google and Verizon propose a policy on net neutrality that focuses on health care technology. 


Norton Healthcare (KY) launches the NortonMobile iPhone app that allows Louisville residents to find providers and facilities, check symptoms, sign up for events, and even search for healthy recipes.

Orlando Health (FL) becomes the 15th US hospital to install the Isabel diagnosis decision support system for clinicians. The system intelligently generates a differential diagnosis based on data entered into an EHR. A patient- oriented Isabel system is due out at the end of this year.

In an announcement signaling the increasing need for reliable wireless networks in healthcare environments, Ruckus Wireless announces that 15 new healthcare facilities have selected its Smart Wi-Fi system. Silicon Valley-based Ruckus “invented and has patented innovative, state-of-the-art wireless technology that steers signals around obstacles and interference. This unique capability extends signal range and ensures consistent reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi.”


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) releases an iPhone app containing The National Cancer Institute’s Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) to assist providers in classifying, recording, and sharing information about adverse events in clinical trials.

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas gets a $312K grant to expand child abuse program using telemedicine for remote assessment and diagnosis.

eMedia Interactive releases Pocket Heart for the iPad with 3D imaging, sound, and even feel.


Highmark launches Health@Hand app for the iPhone, providing members with information on participating facilities, providers, and pharmacies.

St. Jude Medical partners with MultiWeb Communications to develop a mobile Apple app to teach physicians optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Airstrip Technologies, which we’ve been reporting on a lot recently, receives funding from Sequoia Capital.


The upcoming issue of Emerging Infectious Disease, the CDC’s monthly journal, has an article on SMS as a biosurveillance tool. It was used with much success during the H1N1 pandemic.

The video above profiles the work of the Mayo Clinic to provide telemedicine services to residents in underserved areas, specifically rural areas.

Memorial University Medical Center (GA) reportedly saves $400,000 per year with RFID-based RTLS.

In more RTLS news, Methodist Healthcare System (TX) chooses Radarfind RTLS from Teletracking Technologies.

The iPad is a potential tool in autism, both for data collection and communication. This is an interesting article exploring some of the many possibilities for the device in the autism community.


Inova Health System (VA) releases an ED wait time iPhone app (free), leaving the writer of this article skeptical of its utility. According to Inova, the app has been downloaded ~150 times in the first week of release.

Public and private investments in mobile networks in Africa provide the potential for mHealth services expansion across the continent.

Here’s an interview with Healthagen’s co-founder and CMO Wayne Guerra, MD, about the development, usage, and business model of iTriage.

Amcom Software kicks off a six-city tour in Australia and New Zealand to address today’s communication challenges in modern healthcare facilities.

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