iPhone/iPad Healthcare News 9/27/10

Sanofi-Aventis and AgaMatrix introduce the first-ever medical device — the iBGStar — that physically plugs into the iPhone and iPod Touch, at the annual EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes) conference. Pending FDA review, the highly compact device is expected to be available in January 2011 and can be used separately and/or with the free iBGStar Diabetes Manager app.

Dean Clinic becomes the first healthcare organization in the country to offer its patients mobile access to Epic-based medical records with an iPhone app — MyChart.


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. 


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”.


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.


News 9/10/10

University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri, and University of Oklahoma jointly launch Heartland Telehealth Resource Center with $980,000 grant.  Admittedly I’ve spent very little time in any of the three states, but I was still surprised that 90% of the counties are rural.

mdHub launches the mobile version of The Little Blue Book, the physician directory formerly distributed on paper by WebMD. It also includes pharmacies, hospitals, and health plans. I don’t exactly understand the pricing model, which is based on regions, but I’m sure you can figure it out if you’re interested.


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.


News 9/3/10

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab, a smaller, 7-inch tablet built on Android OS and with support for Adobe Flash. The US launch will be in the coming months and priced between $200 and $300. Samsung says this will be the first of a line of Galaxy Tab tablets of different sizes.

The Nevada Hospital Association gets a $19.6 million grant from the Department of Commerce to build telemedicine network focused on unserved and underserved areas.


News 9/1/10

Here’s an article about the founder of San Diego based NeuroVigil. The company’s iBrain is a small, non-invasive, portable device for monitoring brain activity at home. Better yet, it has algorithms to make sense of the signals and the ability to transmit the data. Currently targeted towards sleep disorders, the device has great potential in many other conditions. We recently reported on another collaboration out of Chicago to develop a continuous remote monitor for patients with epilepsy.

A new study out of George Washington University examines the accuracy of physician diagnosis of acute injuries based on patient-taken cell phone images and patient questionnaires.

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