News 8/18/10

Nuance Medical Search

Nuance releases Dragon Medical Mobile Search, which allows medical professional to use voice to search online. Searches include IMO, Medline,, Medscape, and Google. The app requires registration for use, but is free for a limited time.

Spectrum Health (MI) implements Skytron’s RTLS collaborative solution, based on technologies from Awarepoint and Intelligent Insites.   


West Wireless Health Institute issues a $10K challenge to “Design a secure, standardizable mechanism that will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. For clarity, a “mechanism” may include some or all of the following: networking and transport layers, protocols, interfaces, data presentation, and API.”

Mobile data services (SMS, email and mobile apps) for healthcare are projected to reach 10% of global market, or $7.7 billion, by 2014.

Proteus Raisin

The Proteus Raisin smart chip, implanted in medications, transmits signals to a patch adhered to skin. Data and reminders about medication adherence are tied to physiologic parameters measured by the skin patch, linking clinical data with medical compliance.

Baptist Hospital East (KY) launches a mobile Web site with symptom checker, facility/provider/visitor information, and donation links.

A California coalition that includes the University of California launches the California Telehealth Network, which will connect 300 healthcare facilities and 800 provider offices. Its $22.5 million in funding will come from both public and private sources.


VisualDx is released for the iPad, bringing a searchable, high quality database of dermatologic images onto the larger Apple mobile device (the iPhone version is already available). VisualDx requires a subscription and is geared towards clinicians.

A telemedicine service in Flagstaff, AZ, which transmitted EKG and cardiac images ahead of a patient’s arrival, is credited in part with saving a seven-year-old boy’s life.


Evia, the worlds smallest pacemaker by about 20%, is implanted in a patient at South Nassau Communities Hospital (NY). The device provides remote monitoring of the health of both the patient and the device.

KevinMD blog has a nice interview with Henry Feldman, MD, as a follow-up of his recently posted experience with the iPad in the hospital environment.  


Atlantic General Hospital (NJ) releases an app for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android that includes ED, lab, and X-ray wait times.


Sleep Group Solutions (FL) releases an iPhone app to assist in diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The app asks screening questions and even records segments of sleep, transmitting results to local sleep professionals based on the location of the patient.

The RoamAlert RFID wander-prevention system from Stanley Healthcare is iPad enabled.

VisitOR1, a $200K+ robot from California, will travel to Haiti with a team of doctors and nurses to assist with procedures. The robot has multiple cameras, X-ray, and a laser pointer to point out areas of interest.


The MagIC wearable home remote monitoring t-shirt from Italy monitors cardiac and pulmonary function up to 200 times per second. The device has been tested on over 200 subjects.

Sun Life Family Health Center (AZ) gets a $297K HHS grant for EHR and telemedicine infrastructure.

Wireless Medcare’s (VA) Vivitrack, a sensor which can monitor and alert staff when patients are turned in bed or get out of bed unassisted, earns FDA approval and will be brought to market if the company can raise the additional $500K it needs.

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