News 8/6/10

Doctors increasingly are turning to smart phones to assist in patient management. The story cites an ED doc that used seven different iPhone apps in one patient encounter.


MedAptus Intelligent Charge Capture version 10.0 is now available as an iPhone app, extending its mobile platform compatibility beyond BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smart phones.

A new study finds that telemedicine collaborative care interventions for depression, a form of telepsychiatry, are effective but more expensive than similar non-telemedicine, mostly urban, interventions. (Pyne JM, Fortney JC, Tripathi SP, et al. Cost-effectiveness analysis of a rural telemedicine collaborative care intervention for depression. Arch Gen Phsychiatry 2010;67:812-21)

Two San Joaquin Valley (CA) hospitals are using Radisphere as sole provider of radiology services with both in-house and remote radiologists. The article highlights concerns over the quality of the radiology services, but the conclusion is that radiology mistakes were made before and after the hospitals contracted with Radisphere.


RIM announces the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BlackBerry 6 OS, offering a slide-out keyboard, a touch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera. I think it’s safe to say that iPhone and Droid users won’t be interested, but it might keep some non-corporate BlackBerry users in the fold for awhile longer and placate the business user suffering from iPhone envy. The Torch will cost $200 with a two-year AT&T contract.

Duke University utilizes tablet PCs (non-iPad) to collect information from cancer patients in waiting rooms.

Forrester Research offers guidance for securing Apple devices meant for enterprise deployment, but ultimately concludes that for industries requiring a higher level of security like healthcare, the BlackBerry is still best. 

Tom Vilsack

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announces $1.2 billion in grants and loans to “enable telemedicine and distance learning and allow farmers and ranchers to get up-to-the-minute information on weather and commodity prices”.


Lantronix, the developer of secure, remote management solutions, is investing in the medical device connectivity.

University of Washington researchers, funded in part by Microsoft, are developing contact lenses to monitor the health status of wearers based on the eye surface and then display that information to the wearer on the contact lens itself.

KevinMD has an interesting, and fairly weighted, post comparing the iPhone to Android for healthcare.

Ohio State pediatric endocrinologist Jennifer Dyer, MD, finds that weekly text messages improve medication adherence of adolescent diabetics. According to the article, she’s now developing an iPhone app.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital (VA) is now getting patient information wirelessly from EMS en route.


Two Sussex (UK) supermarkets get pharmacy vending machines installed as a part of a one-year trial.

New studies find that global mobile broadband will reach 1 billion connections by 2012 at compound annual growth rates of 55% and 42% for the US and Western Europe, respectively.

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