News 9/15/10


Mobile application developer Artificial Life releases GluCoMo app for the iPhone and iPad. GluCoMo can track “blood sugar level, insulin intake, weight, pulse, physical activity, dietary intake, blood pressure, and medication intake”.

More from last week’s PwC survey:  63% of physicians polled use their own mobile devices, but nearly a third of those said it was not supported in their practices.


Hygieia Diabetes Insulin Guidance System acts as intelligent blood sugar monitor for diabetics, providing insulin instructions based on readings. The device is in clinical trials and does not have FDA approval yet.

Google and Spectrum Bridge work with Hocking Valley Community Hospital (OH) to showcase how TV White Spaces, the unused TV broadcast channels, can be used to provide wireless services in healthcare. Applications enabled through the use of this spectrum included data transmission from first responders, indoor broadband, and outdoor video surveillance for security at the hospital.

Prematics Care Communication Service is offered on the iPhone, allowing “physicians to e-prescribe, access clinical information from health plans and pharmacies, and manage their personal and clinical workflow”.


Palmetto Health Richland Hospital (SC) installs Masimo Patient SafetyNet to allow clinicians to remotely monitor patients, enabling early interventions and reducing ICU transfers.

UK mobile provider Orange launches the Web-based Orange Health Gateway to assist healthcare organizations communicate with patients. The platform has modules, such as Appointment Reminder, that organizations can use to improve two-way communication. This comes on the heels of Orange’s release of the Smartnumbers service in July that is designed to intelligently route calls from patients to available providers.


Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Med, and UNC Chapel Hill jointly launch MedWatcher iPhone app. The app provides users, both clinicians and consumers, with the latest alerts from the FDA and allows them to report adverse events that are then reviewed, submitted to the FDA, and added to HealthMap, which has previously been used for surveillance of infectious disease.

This radiologist’s review of the iPad calls it the “very beginning of something revolutionary”.  Though not seen as a replacement for larger, more robust PACS viewers, the portability of the iPad opens doors to extend radiology beyond the basement.


McGill University anesthesiologists in Canada manage surgery patient in Italy using video cameras and dosing computers in a project termed teleanesthesia.

USAID gives $750K to establish the National Telemedicine Centre in Albania. The project includes one main facility in Tirana and five Regional Telemedicine Centers.

A survey of healthcare facilities in the Pacific Northwest finds that 88% lack access to a stroke neurologist.


The Ontario Telemedicine Network, which conducts over 100,000 patient visits a year, signs a deal with Zargis Medical Corp. to integrate Zargis TeleSteth, enabling real-time and store-and-forward sharing of heart and lung sounds.

Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin uses remote monitoring to improve home care. Data collected and transmitted includes “heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and body weight and temperature”.

Fauquier Health System (VA) begins its rollout of iPads to access Meditech via Citrix. This is a Meditech Web site news story.

More stories on the success of the iPad with children diagnosed with autism, including its use at schools for children with autism. We reported a similar story last month.

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