News 9/8/10

The debate over mHealth vs. wireless continues on the 3G Doctor Blog. The points in the post, which focuses on mobile as the enabler of innovation, are well taken.

Mobile phones are used for finance, education, and healthcare in some of the world’s poorest settings. The video above is not health-specific, but is still pretty interesting as it highlights some of the potential of mobile phones in development. Last week we reported on a new Gates grant for cell phone-based health ideas.

On the heels of the Christchurch earthquake, Waikato Hospital (New Zealand) develops a “casualty calculator” app for the iPad, which predicts the strain on hospital services from emergencies involving eight or more people.

Smart phones and mobile devices are becoming more integrated into healthcare delivery as young doctors, more comfortable with the technology, enter the workforce.


This interview with Vocera president and COO Brent Lang highlights the evolution of the Vocera Communication Platform from badges to smart phones.

Medical jewelry, even some from Tiffany & CO, is increasingly embedded with medical information for first responders. We reported on, which is discussed in this store, last week.


NewYork-Presbyterian / Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital partners with CareSpeak to provide SMS medication reminders to teenage patients.

With the growing popularity of medical apps designed to fill a medical purpose (think iStethoscope), the FDA is taking a close look at regulating this space. I’m betting we won’t see many more medical apps written by college or medical students if they require FDA approval.

Three reasons to market ED wait times:1) competitive differentiator, 2) improved throughput, and 3) low cost and high attention.


PerfectServe launches an iPhone app to provide clinicians with mobile access to PerfectServe’s workflow driven communications platform, assisting providers manage their communications with other providers as well as patients.

The New York Times covers the growth of the use of robots, with interactive voice and video, in hospitals as well as other professional settings.


The Economist has a cool story on a remote monitoring device used on a plane with a sick patient to decide whether to divert the flight or not. The device, made by RDT (UK), was “capable of simultaneously transmitting the data for vital signs, including ECG, blood-sugar and blood-oxygen levels, along with voice and video pictures”.  A more rugged version is being tested by the US special forces.

Christiana Care (DE) uses tele-ICU to provide intensivist services to small and rural hospitals in Maryland.

Hazelden Foundation,  a national alcohol and drug addiction treatment organization, teams with LifeWIRE and Banyan Group to conduct study of SMS-based messaging for substance treatment and recovery.

Wales announces ~$1.3 million for telehealth programs to improve access to healthcare in rural areas.

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