News 8/20/10

A new study finds promising results for store-and-forward telepsychiatry. Video segments of 20-30 minutes were recorded and assessed later by psychiatrists, with only one patient requiring a face-to-face meeting.  (Yellowless PM, Odor A, Parish MB, et al. A feasibility study of the use of asynchronous telepsychiatry for psychiatric consultations. Psychatr Serv 2010;61:838-40)

A pro-life coalition plans a news conference ahead of Iowa Board of Medicine meeting Friday. The board may be reviewing a complaint filed again Planned Parenthood in Iowa for “telemed abortions.” This story has been developing for a while and we first reported about it back in June.

CNN Money has video on a trial of home monitoring using in-home solutions from MedApps.

Palomar Pomerado Health (CA), with Cisco as a partner, is rolling out a tablet-based system for providers. The article claims Palomar will be the “first American hospital network to use tablet-based systems,” though this claim seems a little farfetched.

Wave Technologies and University of Chicago are developing a remote monitoring system for epileptics. The system continuously monitors brain waves, transmitting readings via Bluetooth to phone and then on to providers, EMS, or family. They hope to get FDA approval next year.


The video above outlines a study of HIV-positive women in Botswana, which found that camera-enabled cell phones can be reliably used for cervical cancer screening.

Researchers in Northern Island are developing an intelligent computer system that can recognize movement patterns of a fetus and alert physicians to impending problems. The ultimate goal is essentially a wireless home monitoring device for pregnant women. 

Handy Sana 210

The H’andy Sana 210 phone records and transmits EKG readings. It will be available in the UK later this year. The Sana 210 looks curiously similar, as in identical, to the EPI Life EKG phone from Singapore we reported on several months ago.

Denver Health (CO) implements CareConnect from Magpie Healthcare for clinician communications.



Orlando Health (FL) and Advocate Good Shepherd (IL) select PerfectServe for clinical communications.


NPR has a very favorable story on the role of telemedicine, and the FCC funding, in improving access to care and ultimately, clinical outcomes. The highlight of the story for me is the comments, which are not quite as favorable. My favorite comment was the complaint that telemedicine does not allow physicians to smell patients. 

On a related note, Arkansas alone is getting $102 million, plus another $26.5 million in matching funds, for broadband and telemedicine expansion.  

Healthsense, the maker of home monitoring solution suite eNeighbor, files with the SEC to raise $6.8 million.

A continent-wide initiative is launched in Africa to connect hospitals and universities with counterparts in India. The focus seems to be on telemedicine for distance learning.


Phillips joins the Glide Healthcare III venture fund. The fund, which has a target size of $250 million, will focus on patient-centric healthcare to include home health and sleep improvements, amongst others. 

NGO in Zimbabwe uses SMS messaging to educate and inform college students about HIV prevention.

More oil rig-related telemedicine news. This commentary touts oil rigs as the ideal environment for telemedicine, as they have “a captive population of workers engaging in dangerous work in isolation, and yet they are surrounded with state-of-the-art communication”.

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