News 8/27/10


A new Virtual Tumor Board, based at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (TX), provides teleconsultations for veterans suffering from cancer.

Apple News Daily has a post on mHealth and the role of Apple mobile devices in medicine. The conclusion: it’s not a mainstream tool yet and still has obstacles to overcome. I agree, but I think the author misses the point on some of the key areas of value around remote clinical data access and order entry.

Health services management company Alere Health teams with Airstrip Technologies to offer Airstrip OB to Alere’s vast network of providers and hospitals. The move, which is essentially a marketing deal, signals the entry of Aistrip into the homecare arena through existing Alere homecare services. 

A trial of cell phone-based malaria treatment monitoring finds it to be an effective tool, especially in remote areas.


EMR vendor iSALUS launhces an iPhone application to provide clinicians and practice managers access to iSALUS on the go.

No-contract mobile provider GreatCall adds two new services: Medication Reminder ($10/month) and Check in Call ($5/month). The med reminder services calls users at predefined times and records responses so that compliance can be tracked.

West Wireless Health’s CEO Don Casey talks about the power of integrating wireless and healthcare, focusing on the assistance the Institute can provide to launch and commercialize new products.

Mega insurer Humana extends its mobile offerings which now include doctor/facility search, claims, SMS, and games.


Southeast Missouri Hospital partners with Healthagen for mobile access to facility and provider information via the iTriage mobile app.

Potomac Photonics announces the successful completion of SBIR Phase I from the NSF. The grant was used to miniaturize wireless sensors to 1/10th current size and include “high density energy storage”.

UC Irvine School of Medicine partners with Elsevier to provide students with digital textbooks, including the med student anatomy bible Netter, on newly issued iPads.

Speaking of free e-books for students, Kaplan is offering free versions of all of its test prep books until August 30. Any readers considering going back to school (GRE, GMAT, MCAT) or taking medical board exams (Step 1-3), now’s your chance to get free test prep. Access to free content is only available through the Kaplan iBookstore (

Despite all the hype, a new study finds no improvement in birth control compliance with SMS reminders. The study used pill top monitors to track compliance, as opposed to self reporting, which is typically used for these types of studies.


Alt12 Apps launches the Pink Pad ($1.99) women’s health app for the iPhone. The app is specifically geared towards the health tracking needs of women while also connecting women to a global community of users.

Canon USA, having received FDA approval, unveils its first wireless digital radiography system. The portable device weighs 7.5 pounds and has a 14×17 inch viewing area.

RTLS vendor Awarepoint has a music video contest with the theme “where the heck is my equipment?” The winning hospital gets $2,500 for the charity of its choice and winning individual gets an iPad.

The UK is taking patient tracking to a new level with satellite-enabled tracking of violent offenders suffering from psychiatric disorders.

Intelligent Mobile Support platform assists healthcare companies in disseminating timely information to sales representatives in the field.

The tablet market is heating up with HP (now on Palm OS), RIM, and Cisco all gearing up for releases. 

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