News 9/24/10


Sanofi-aventis and AgaMatrix jointly unveil iBGStar, which is a glucose monitor attachment for the iPhone/iPod. The device facilitates communication to providers and provides feedback and reminders, turning the Apple mobile devices into medical devices.

Growing concern is voiced about consumers seeking medical advice through Google searches, which, according to the article, is the number two most influential source of health information after a physician. 

The new California Telehealth Network, the largest of its kind launched earlier this summer, gets $14 million to extend telehealth services, with a focus on training.


Bassett Medical Center (NY) receives Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to test GE’s Smart Patient Room, which is designed to improve care by monitoring staff and patient activity. 


Home health technology vendor CellTrack releases a new version certified on Blackberry, Flip Phone, Windows Mobile, and Android devices

A Montreal Economic Institute report finds that “telemedicine can significantly reduce costs to taxpayers, increase health care service efficiency and boost patients’ well-being because they spend less time travelling to and from clinics and hospitals and waiting around to see a nurse or a doctor”.

A $1.5 million NIH grant explores the efficacy of robots in restoring fine motor skills in stroke victims.

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Navinet partners with Prematics to bring Navinet’s messaging and communication to mobile devices at the point of care.


Google Health revamps its look and feel with more of a wellness focus. The partnerships with fitness tracking companies is a nice addition that automates the loading of lifestyle data. Google reiterated that it still does not feel it is subject to HIPAA as it contends it is not a covered entity or a business associate.

A plan for a telemedicine network in Peru calls for providers to stop at Internet cafes before and after work to download and upload data. The is necessitated by healthcare facilities not having Internet access. I wonder what the rate of adoption of something like this would be with US providers.

The African version of a telehealth network, courtesy of the Indian Government.  The project includes improved connectivity to 47 African countries.

The first Southern African Telemedicine Conference  will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, later this week.

More African news – telemedicine and e-health is outed as “antidote” for the continent’s resource challenges in healthcare.

The iPad 2.0 is rumored to be coming in 7-inch version with two cameras, all of which may make it interesting in the healthcare space.

The “iBaby”, born at home after mother monitored her labor with iPad but failed to get to the hospital in time.

Another bizarre labor story – a woman has her iPhone stolen during labor.

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