News 7/16/10

NogWorld releases DocNog California for the iPhone. The app allows users to search for providers, add an appointment, refer to family/friends, and comment/rate providers.

Synapse Wireless and Proventix Systems jointly develop nGage, a wireless system for monitoring health worker compliance with hand washing protocols. Just last week we reported on another wireless hand washing monitoring system from HandGiene.

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News 7/14/10

Concern is growing over the reliability of health-related smart phone apps and the direct-to-consumer nature of them, according to this LA Times article. 

Rochester Immediate Care (NY) and Michigan Avenue Immediate Care (MI) partner with Healthagen to provide facility information and symptom checking on mobile devices via iTriage app.

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iPhone/iPad Healthcare News 7/12/10

EHSI develops the MedAnywhere app for remote hematocrit patient monitoring, with VITEB as their development partner. Their Web site is full of press releases, but no details on how the app will work.

With an overabundance of healthcare apps (over 6,000) comes an abundance of app reviews. Here’s one healthcare app review, followed by another.

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News 7/9/10

CardioNet, the supplier of Mobile Outpatient Cardiac Telemetry (MCOT) pictured above, announces that United Healthcare will maintain its position that “outpatient cardiovascular telemetry is unproven for managing cardiac arrhythmias”. Translation: MCOT is still not a covered benefit.

Bluetooth 4.0 officially adopted. New “low energy technology” reduces cost and power consumption, allowing devices to operate for years on coin-cell batteries. This has great potential for wireless healthcare.

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ReachMD – CME at the Barber Shop

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We profile today ReachMD, a “thought-provoking medical news and information” provider.

ReachMD provides medical radio programming via XM Channel 160, online streaming through its Web site, and through an iPhone app targeted for “time-constrained” medical providers. One key motivation for users is the free continuing medical education that is available anytime, anywhere (as long as “anywhere” includes a satellite radio, Internet connection, or iPhone).

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News 7/7/10

President Obama announces $795 million in public grants and $200 million in matching funds to develop broadband access to rural parts of the country, with 900 healthcare facilities benefiting. The FCC estimates telehealth savings of $700 million over the next 15-20 years.

A report by Kalorama Information expects market growth for handheld devices in healthcare to be 7% this year, reaching $8.8 billion globally. 64% of the total market is for patient monitoring devices.

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News 7/2/10

Look out iPad, there’s a new game changer in town – here comes Cisco Cius. The Android-based, enterprise-leaning mobile “collaboration” device features front (HD) and rear facing cameras,WiFi, 8-hour battery life, virtual desktop integration, and full Telepresence interoperability. Trials start Q3 2010 with availability early next year.

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News 6/30/10

A Partners Healthcare study finds a 27% higher rate of medication adherence with the use of Vitality’s GlowCap pill bottle cap. GlowCap has built in wireless, allowing for automated calls for missed doses, reminders, and reporting. This is pretty cool stuff, as studies find daily medication adherence at 50% with $300 billion in annual estimated costs associated with non-adherence. I’m sure insurance companies might be interested as well.

The University of Arizona Rural Health Professionals Program links medical students to rural physician preceptors and even provides exposure and education around telemedicine.

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