News 2/4/10

If your company offers a mobile solution to the healthcare market and would like to be included in the upcoming HIStalk Mobile Resource Guide, please take a couple minutes to fill out the registration form.

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News 2/1/10

As part of my efforts to compile an all new HIStalk Mobile Resource Guide, I’ve added a registration form to the Mobile Resource Guide link above. If your company offers a mobile solution to the healthcare market and would like to be included in the Guide, please take a couple minutes to fill out the form.

I’ve received numerous informal responses to my query – Tell me what you think of the iPad, and how well you think it will fit into your corner of healthcare. Unfortunately, not so many people have taken the time to write out their thoughts. Patrick Campbell, Manager of Business Development at MedAptus, sent the following:


News 1/28/10



IMHO – HIE’s Impact on Mobility

Nearly ten years ago, the industry was abuzz with mobile activity. Palm’s introduction of the Palm Pilot a few years earlier, in 1996, launched the personal digital assistant (PDA) revolution. Spurred on by the dot com mania and the rapid market penetration of PDAs, dozens of companies set their sights on healthcare where the opportunities for mobility were mind-numbing.

Most of the early hopefuls targeted either e-prescribing or charge capture – the two functional areas with the easiest to articulate value propositions. Several of these venture-backed companies raised millions of dollars. Yet, despite their undeniable value, nearly every one of these companies either went out of business, or were rolled from one company into the next until they eventually disappeared. Epocrates emerged during this period and had phenomenal success gaining clinical adoption, but suffered from a yet-to-be defined business model.


News 1/25/10

Thomson Reuters announces the availability of Micromedex 2.0. According to the Company, the new web-based version of its clinical information system gives clinicians direct Web and mobile access to Micromedex content through an enhanced user interface. A key feature of Micromedex 2.0 is a more powerful search capability that allows for multi-term search, predictive text, synonyms and suggestions for alternative spellings. I’m still not sure why they pre-announced this release back in December, but hats off to them for hitting their target.

Minnesota-based insurance provider Medica releases Main Street Medica for the iPhone. The app, which is based on the Web application, helps consumers compare cost and quality data for more than sixty common procedures across hundreds of clinics and facilities. I find this particularly interesting as I was just discussing with a couple of physicians how another insurance provider was listing comparative cost and “quality” data on their website. They didn’t understand how the insurance provider could list contracted rates for different facilities and providers on their website, while simultaneously restricting providers from disclosing contract fee schedules amongst themselves. The why is simple: insurance providers do not want physicians empowered with information. Far fewer physicians would take the “standard” contract rates if they knew that their hospital or large system affiliated peers were paid 60% more across the board. This “healthcare reform” scented gesture is far more likely an attempt by insurance companies to un-lever the same mega group practices that they helped create.  And BTW… I’m not an attorney, but non-disclosures generally become nullified when the source party publicly discloses said “confidential” information. Cool app though.


How I Use My Mobile Device

How I Use My Mobile Device

by Joseph Crozier, MD/PhD

As a psychiatry resident at an academic medical center I am in contact with many patients each day with a wide range of psychiatric and other medical diagnoses. I use my mobile device – a Palm Centro – as a way to carry medical references with me wherever I go in the hospital or clinic with the ultimate goal of having key information available to aid medical decision-making.


News 1/21/10

Epic releases Haiku for the iPhone.  I really don’t know much more than Epic’s description on the iPhone App Store at this point. We’ve heard a couple of grumblings about performance. If anyone out there has had a chance to use it, let us know what you think.

Healthcare Data Solutions announces the release of PrescriberPRO Mobile. The Windows Mobile and Blackberry compatible solution provides access to HDS’ full database of more than 1,000,000 healthcare providers and facilities. Users can search by hospital, pharmacy, provider name, GPS location, city, state, NPI or DEA number. I’m not sure if this is better for traveling salesmen or CMS auditors.  


HIStalk Mobile Interviews Paul Adkison

Paul Adkison is the Founder and CEO of IQMax.

First off, Paul, thanks for being an interview subject. You are the first one for HIStalk Mobile, so I appreciate that.

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