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By Brian Dolan March 19, 2009
The University of Iowa announced that it has successfully piloted a low-cost, green technology for tracking hand hygiene at a hospital. The pilot used Zigbee technology, which is a low-power wireless technology, to track interaction between a small, page-like badge hospital staff carry and a hand hygiene dispenser located outside of patient rooms. Article The North Carolina Biotechnology Center...
By Brian Dolan March 19, 2009
By Kimberly Moore, M.P.H. Patients with chronic diseases make choices that can dramatically affect their health everyday. Those who are able to manage their chronic diseases successfully do so primarily by learning about their disease, mastering self-management techniques and building a relationship with their physician. Disciplined management is important as it is associated with improved health...
By Brian Dolan March 18, 2009
Prediction: 75 percent of physicians will adopt e-prescribing by 2014. Determining how much health-related productivity loss is avoidable is a slippery fish. What is HIPAA's impact on wireless in an ambulatory setting? Evaware adds remote telemonitoring via WiFi and BlackBerry devices. Garmin links up with fitness brands for wireless workouts. Pouring cold water on EMRs: Was it a bad $50 billion...
By Brian Dolan March 17, 2009
If you're a fan of the television show House, you may have already heard of Israel-based Given Imaging's PillCam. However, Joshua Devine, a high school sophomore who lives near San Diego, became one of the first to actually swallow the 1-inch long, plastic capsule that contains a tiny wireless camera at Rady Children's Hospital.  PillCam is an alternative to endoscopy, which requires the...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2009
Visa announced a deal with Preferred Health Technology to use Visa's brand to drive uptake of PHT's A-Claim payments system at insurers and hospitals. A study of 387 ethnically and racially diverse individuals with diabetes found that home telemonitoring resulted in significantly fewer deaths than in a control group.  On the importance of recognizing patients are looking for a transformational...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2009
Ed Bennet, hospital web manager at the University of Maryland Medical System has kept a running list of social media accounts managed by U.S. hospitals for some time now--his most recent update tracks the popularity of YouTube accounts vs. Twitter accounts. Bennet notes that it took 26 months for hospitals in the U.S. to rack up 100 accounts for the service, while Twitter has only taken about 17...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2009
Here's a video (via MobileActive.org) that showcases Nokia's Data Gathering application for the E71. The video shows the Amazonas' State Health Department in Brazil using the devices and application to monitor and treat outbreaks of dengue fever. In developing markets one of the key problems for caregivers and public health workers is recording and managing data collection on health issues for...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2009
The FDA has cleared GE Healthcare's ECG solution, called the portable MAC 800, which the company says is based on cell phone technology. The device was originally introduced into China's market last year and will become commercially available in the US during the second quarter. The device includes the keypad of a mobile phone and a full-size color display, which both help doctors or other...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2009
John Halamka, MD, MS, the CIO of CareGroup Health System and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, has cut the cord and no longer has a landline phone. Halamka wrote a post about going all mobile over at his blog Life as a Healthcare CIO. Halamka is also Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician. This is a puff piece,...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2009
April is a big month for wireless medicine events and the mobihealthnews team will be at all the big ones: CTIA Wireless, BodyNets09, HIMSS, World Healthcare Congress, Health 2.0 and ATA 2009. If you'll be attending any of these events and would like to meet up, be sure to send me an email. If you'll be at CTIA Wireless, don't miss the session I helped put together on wireless medicine... details...