News 1/14/10

IQmax has been busy developing channel partners. First, they announce a partnership with Fast Chart to provide the IQmax web-based mobile dictation platform to Fast Chart customers. IQmax then announces a partnership with 3M Health Information Systems to offer IQmax’s enterprise mobility technology with 3M’s dictation and transcription solutions. In other words, IQmax is the little man behind the curtain of 3M’s recent entry into mobile dictation capture. (For more information about IQmax’s market strategy, check back later for an exclusive interview with Paul Adkison, IQmax CEO and Founder.)

For their part, 3M HIS announces the release of their next generation unified services platform – Platform 7, Feature Pack 2 [rolls off the tongue quite nicely]. The latest version promises streamlined provider workflow, increased transcriptionist productivity, and improved document accuracy. I have to say, I like 3M’s style – extending their solution through a cool partner app while simultaneously enhancing their core technology. Why can’t all companies think like that?

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News 1/11/10

Voalte announces nationwide availability of One iPhone application. According to the Company, the enterprise iPhone application is the first to consolidate voice, alarm, and text functions onto a single platform.

Mayo Clinic and DoApps, Inc. launch new development company, mRemedy, to build and distribute smartphone apps based on Mayo research. Mayo Clinic Mediation iPhone app is the first solution released by mRemedy. The application, based on a series of DVDs developed by Dr. Amit Sood, provides meditation instruction.

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News 1/6/10

Before getting into healthcare specific news items, I would like to offer up my prediction for 2010 – It’s going to be a big year for mobility. The truly insightful predictions that I seem to be coming across a lot lately, it being the new year and all, go so far as to predict an explosive year.

One such subtle, nuanced sign… the Apple App store tops 3 billion downloads.  And if the iPhone’s success were not enough, excitement continues to grow in anticipation of Apple’s tablet expected to be unveiled later this month and to begin shipping as early as March.  Rumor further has it that, not to be outgunned (again) by Google, Apple has just acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million.

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News 1/4/10

The American Ambulance Association is beginning to train its medics on the invisible Bracelet, a web-based emergency health registry. For $5 a year, patients are issued a PIN number that is kept on a wallet card, key fob, or sticker affixed to an insurance card. In the event of an emergency, EMS personnel can enter a patient’s PIN number into a registry that provides critical health information. When a PIN number is accessed, the registry will also notify up to 10 emergency contacts via e-mail or SMS that the patient is hospital-bound. Great use of K.I.S.S. methodology.

Halo Monitoring announces partnership with A&D Medical. The partnership extends the myHalo web-based personal health monitoring system to include weight and blood pressure monitoring.

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News 12/24/09

Millions of Blackberry users across 2 continents suffer through a 2nd outage in less than a week.  Canadian-based Research in Motion blamed the outage on a software upgrade that was confined to North and South America.  Phone service remained available, but “Crackberry” users were unable to send or receive e-mails and instant messages… causing a period of intense cravings for millions of addicts.  This comes at a tough time for Blackberry, which is under mounting pressure from iPhone and Android.

San Francisco is considering passing an ordinance that would require retailers to prominently display the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones.  Taking it a step further, Democrat Andrea Boland from Maine has proposed to State legislators that cell phones directly carry permanent labels, warning of the risk of cancer from exposure to low-grade electromagnetic radiation.

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News 12/21/09

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the adoption of Bluetooth® low-energy wireless technology, which is the hallmark feature of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0. Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit industry coalition focused on establishing a system of interoperable personal telehealth solutions, has already voted to include the Bluetooth low energy wireless technology specification in Version Two of its design guidelines.

Unbound Medicine has announced the release of Evidence Central™, an integrated, evidence-based solution with content from its partner, Wiley-Blackwell, the scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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News 12/17/09

Google is planning to market and sell its own Android phone – “Nexus One”. According to insiders, Google has entered into an agreement with HTC to build the phones. This follows much speculation after reports emerged last week that Google had distributed test devices to employees involved in the project. Analysts are aflutter interpreting the implications – Is Google moving in on the mobile ad frontier; what does this mean to device manufactures, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and others who are building devices with Android? Perhaps Google’s just not happy with the pace of Android penetration… Just when it looked like the iPhone flurry had slowed to a steady downpour.

Busy couple of weeks for PatientKeeper – $13 million financing round; win a deal at Butler Health System in PA ; and CEO, Paul Brient, to present at Piper Jaffray’s 21st Annual Healthcare Conference. The current round of financing brings the total to $88 million invested to date. Will the ARRA spectacle carry the Company to an IPO next year?

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