News 3/24/10

AT&T expands industry’s leading lineup of popular smartphones. The carrier has added the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, and will soon unveil an Android-based smartphone from Dell – the Dell Aero. This will be Dell’s first smartphone available in the U.S., and will feature a custom user interface developed by Dell and AT&T.

Also from AT&T… Vitality GlowCaps utilize AT&T wireless network to improve prescription medication adherence. GlowCaps are intelligent pill caps that fit on standard prescription bottles and use light then sound reminders, which can be followed by a phone call or text message so people don’t miss a dose. In addition to supporting and tracking medication compliance, data generated by GlowCaps can be used to automatically refill prescriptions as pills deplete… Pretty cool stuff.


Readers Write 3/22/10

Microsoft Throws Interesting Win 7 Mobile Ingredients into the MIX

By The UI Guy


News 3/19/10

From Who’Dat: “Re: Transcription Services. I’ve heard that docs reviewing records on a patient after more automated data entry have a harder time differentiating who that patient is, and recalling specifics.  That can be a problem in a courtroom with a liability case…records presented and you have a somewhat generic patient record.  No “personalized” records which prompts memory.  Patients all begin to “look” alike.” I agree. I don’t have any basis from a legal perspective, but I’ve definitely seen enough template-driven notes to wonder where the human element has gone in the mix.

In response to GoGal’s comment in my last post: “Re: Transcription Services. What is going to happen to all these dictation companies as the pie gets ever so smaller with EMR deployment?! Epic deployments are reducing dictation by 90%,” I’ve received the following reply from David Owen, Global Business Development Manager, 3M Health Information Systems:


News 3/15/10

From GoGirl: “Re: Transcription Services. What is going to happen to all these dictation companies as the pie gets ever so smaller with EMR deployment?! Epic deployments are reducing dictation by 90%.”

I think this is a great question – one which strikes at the core of transcription, and EMR documentation itself. I personally have come-around on the question of typing versus dictation – maybe not 180 degrees, but at least 120. Having implemented an EMR in the past, and being a big supporter of technology, I have been adamant that physicians should type, should use templates, should use the EMR as intended. I’m sure that I’ve said on at least one occasion that dictation flies in the face of the EMR.


News 3/11/09

Physicians will expand range of mobile activities to include administrative and patient care tasks by 2012. This bold statement is courtesy of Manhattan Research’s announcement of a new report – “Future of Physician Media”. Among other things, the press release (because I’m sure not buying the report) restates the prediction that physician smartphone adoption will reach 81% by 2012 (originally announced in October)… In all seriousness, while the highlighted take-aways are ridiculously obvious, the report is based on interviews conducted among 1,900 US physicians. I’m sure they’ve been able to uncover some insightful gems.

M*Modal partners with Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) to improve ease of use of electronic medical records. Combining M*Modal’s speech recognition and understanding technology with IMO’s clinical terminology interface, the two companies aim to improve physicians’ ability to create, review, reconcile, and update clinical diagnoses, problem lists, and medical histories in electronic health records using physician narrative dictation… I missed this release amongst the HIMSS hubbub, though I did spend a bit of time with both Nuance and 3M, where I learned quite a lot about the various methods of both capturing and transcribing dictations. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll try to provide a comparison of the different companies and technologies and where they each “play.” 


News 3/8/10

Short news blast following last week’s melee…

Apple made it official Friday, announcing the iPad will go on sale April 3 with pre-ordering starting March 12. Apple says it will first sell its Wi-Fi enabled iPads on April 3 and will sell Wi-Fi and 3G equipped models "in late April." On March 12 you’ll be able pre-order either model. Apple says iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple online store, Apple retail stores, and select Apple authorized resellers. As part of the launch of the iPad, Apple says it will also officially release the free iBooks app for the iPad that gives the iPad e-book functionality. Starting on April 3 the iBooks app will be available along with Apple’s iBookbookstore – available through iTunes. Apple says availability of the iPad will first be in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. Pricing for countries outside of the U.S. is expected in late April.



Just got back to North Carolina after my six hour return drive from Atlanta. As much fun as HIMSS was, I’m glad it’s over. There’s just too much to process, beginning with the ridiculous amount of press releases and faux “news”. I’ve asked the same question that Inga asked a dozen times over the last three days – why does every company feel the need to publish press releases during HIMSS?

I think it’s MAD – as in mutually assured destruction. Apparently the best defense against a competitor’s break-through announcement is to drown it out with noise. And, because the noise is so overwhelmingly loud and effective, it begs the better question – why would any company with something meaningful to say do so during HIMSS?



Another crazy day. As I walked the quarter mile from my hotel to the HIMSS bus line, cold rain turned to snow!  Hats off to HIMSS logistics. Despite the poor traffic and the weather conditions, they managed to get everyone to the show fairly efficiently. (Can’t quite make out the snow in the photo)

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