News 9/17/10

Pew Institute’s Susannah Fox declares that access to information is now ubiquitous and goes on to say, “Mobile is changing us, changing our frame of reference so that we see information as portable, personalized, and participatory … Build on the new frontier. Build on the power of mobile”. The  very well written article (lengthy for those with short attention spans) outlines how far we’ve come in terms of access to information and where we go from here.


Motorola unveils (also reported on here and here) its new Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA) specifically for healthcare. The article claims the new rugged EDA is “disinfectant-ready”, is HIPAA compliant, scans barcodes, and “streamlines clinical workflows by enabling mobile workers to access patient information, accurately administer medication, monitor patient vital signs, place pharmacy and lab orders, collect and track specimens, administer blood transfusions, access test results and more”.

More new hardware for mHealth, Dell will market the Dell Streak 5-inch Android mobile device to healthcare providers.

Emory (GA) selects Amcom Mobile Connect to consolidate messaging and replace its over 4,000 pagers.

HCA Houston partners with Healthagen for iTriage mobile application.


Merck gets into the mobile diabetes app game with the release of Vree for Diabetes for the iPhone ($1.99). The app is geared towards type 2 diabetics and tracks blood sugar, meals, activity, and meds. With a profit margin of 28% and net income of almost $11 billion, I’m a little surprised Merck is charging $1.99.

Sprint and Calgary Scientific partner to offer ResolutionMD Mobile on HTC EVO 4G. The goal is to quickly deliver medical images directly on the EVO, with telestroke as the example given.

Mobile apps to can assist with addiction. My favorite is the app that alerts users when they are in an area that might present temptations, such as when an alcoholic gets near a bar.


Dean Clinic (WI) becomes the first healthcare facility to offer patients access to medical records on iPhone using Epic’s MyChart app.

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare launches web-based Targeted Solutions Tool to improve hand hygiene in hospitals. The eight hospitals that helped develop the tool saw hand hygiene compliance go from 48% to 82% in just over one year. I’m sort of partial to the wireless monitoring systems for hand washing that we’ve reported about here and here.

Ekahau RTLS is used at large psychiatric facility in Austria to improve patient and staff safety.


Nashville-area hospitals are developing mobile Web sites to attract and retain patients. I went to the Saint Thomas Health Services websites, as they were quoted in the article, and  the front page, pictured above, advertises mobile websites, has a symptom checker, and a Facebook widget.

A new Virgin Media Business poll finds that 29% of people in the UK expect webcam access to physicians in 10 years, while 11% expect to interact with their providers through the TV. The strongest finding of the study was that 77% want to be able to use multiple channels to book appointments.

According to this article, virtual ICUs offer large ROI in terms of quality and access, despite published findings to the contrary.

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Capsule Technologie releases its Mobile Vital Signs all-in-one solution for capturing and transmitting vital signs from the point of care.

Here’s an early story on the role of the iPad in medical education at Stanford.

Rural Missouri counties will get increased access to broadband with federal grant and matching funds totally $38 million. The article highlights how broadband will enable HIE development and telemedicine.

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