News 9/29/10


SaaS-based EMR vendor ClearPractice releases Nimble EMR, designed specifically for the iPad. The EMR works over 3G or WiFi. The first 500 providers to sign up get a free iPad.

West Wireless Health Institute names Dr. Mohit Kaushal EVP of business development and chief strategy officer.  Dr. Kaushal was formally Director of Connected Health at the FCC.

Mega-insurer Aetna offers its members home sleep studies with NightWatch Home Sleep Testing from LifeWatch.


The Heart of England NHS Trust is installing Panasonic Toughbooks on mobile carts for wireless tablet access. Trial of the Toughbook found a 12% increase in nursing time spent with patients.



Maybe the NHS should have held out for the new Modo Feather mobile cart designed for the iPad. The new cart should be available in early 2011.

The Quebec College of Physicians comes out in disagreement with the recent report by the Montreal Economic Institute, which found telemedicine as a cure to physician shortages. The College of Physicians stated there is no substitution for the “human presence.”

After Google’s pilot of the use of TV broadcast white spaces, which we reported on last week, the FCC endorses a proposal to free up white spaces for unlicensed use. This is seen as a key to enabling rural and underserved broadband access.

The Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development announces $630K pledge and partnership with Columbia’s Earth Institute to improve telemedicine and SMS-based services to the UN Millennium Development Villages.


Pfizer and Vodafone work together to support “SMS for Health,” a program “aimed at improving access and reliability of medicine supply using mobile phone technology.” The program is being tested in Gambia.

Telestroke service company REACH Call completes a $5 million Series A funding round. The money will be used to expand service offerings and increase marketing. We reported several months ago on REACH Call getting a $1 million investment from the Medical College of Georgia Health Inc. 

Leslie A. Saxon, MD, writes an interesting commentary on the Huffington Post about the future of wireless technology in healthcare, both in the US and abroad.

The University of Leeds loans iPhones to medical students as a hygienic solution to paper-based reference materials traditionally used in hospitals.  

Dr. K’s Breast Checker iPhone app ($1.99) is released. It helps women stay on top of breast cancer screening and provides advice about findings.

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