News 8/12/10

The Senate approves a bill to eliminate co-pays for veterans receiving telehealth services.
 

Adventist Health is the first Oregon health system to launch iTriage from Healthagen, which provides consumers with facility, symptom, and disease information while on the go.

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News 8/6/10

Doctors increasingly are turning to smart phones to assist in patient management. The story cites an ED doc that used seven different iPhone apps in one patient encounter.

MedAptus Intelligent Charge Capture version 10.0 is now available as an iPhone app, extending its mobile platform compatibility beyond BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smart phones.

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iPhone/iPad Healthcare News 8/4/10

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BackBone Inc., an HIT marketing and PR firm, announces a partnership with Quadion, an application development company, to develop iPhone and iPad apps for healthcare vendors and providers. With app sales reaching $4B (projected to be $21B in 2013) , this represents an opportunity tapped.

Smart phones capture 25% of the US mobile market, with Android surging ahead of the iPhone in recent smart phone purchases.

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News 7/30/10

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (NJ) partners with Specialists on Call (SOC) to provide telestroke service to patients. The service allows remote neurologists to review images and participate in patient exams via audiovisual equipment.

The FDA approves Airstrip Critical Care and Cardiology, extending the reach of Airstrip’s real-time remote monitoring solutions.

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News 7/28/10

MountainStar Healthcare (UT), a subsidiary of HCA, provides average ED wait times on billboards, its Web site, and via SMS messages.

Cisco VP of Healthcare Kaveh Safavi states: “One of the things we’ve discovered is doctors have to change the way they practice medicine to take advantage of” telepresence technology. According to the interview, both scheduling and reimbursement models will need to change to accommodate telepresence technology into practice.

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VideoMD

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VideoMD.com is kind of a misnomer. Though home to several physician-presented videos, it also has a repertoire of videos uploaded by different types of clinicians.

The home page has featured videos, including one titled What is the Secret to a Female Orgasm? (sex sells). The differentiating feature is clinician-produced and curated videos for patients.

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News 7/23/10

Autom, a robotic weight loss coach developed by a Hong Kong company, sits on the counter and coaches patients about diet and exercise. Autom plans to enter the US market in 2011.

GE Healthcare requests FCC for access to wireless spectrum for remote monitoring devices. The only problem is that the spectrum requested is currently used by Boeing for flight testing and Boeing doesn’t want to share it.  GE claims the spectrum in question is the only cost-effective one for remote monitoring due to power requirements. 

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News 7/21/10

UK wireless carrier Orange announces its Smartnumbers service, which intelligently routes patient calls to the best person or team available.

Another European carrier, Telefonica, launches a global e-health unit.

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