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By Brian Dolan May 20, 2009
The results of a recent survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by NetMotion Wireless identified five challenges for wireless healthcare: physical connectivity issues, technology connectivity issues, extensive user demand, security, and network management. The survey also resulted in a number of interesting and telling quotes and testimonials about both the promise and frustration that...
By Brian Dolan May 19, 2009
After attending the American Telemedicine Association's event in Las Vegas last month, Google's Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona gave a spirited (read: some profanity) talk at the Ignite Seattle event the following week. DiBona is also known as a former editor at popular news site Slashdot. Interesting but snippy comment about the level of innovation at the event: "It's like 1994 for a...
By Brian Dolan May 19, 2009
As the number of physicians using smartphones continues to rise, a report in the Washington Post predicts that protocols will soon evolve in how to use the phones with patients -- for now, common sense will have to govern it. The article explores the tension between using a smartphone with a patient to increase patient engagement vs. using a smartphone with a patient in the room and losing one's...
By Brian Dolan May 18, 2009
Frontline:SMS founder Josh Nesbit emailed in to let us know he launched an inspired mHealth intiative today: HopePhones. The program encourages everyone to recycle their old mobile phones, which are then sold to raise money to send phones to health workers in developing markets likes Malawi. According to the HopePhones site, "When your old phone is received by the recycling center, it is given a...
By Brian Dolan May 18, 2009
Emory University's School of Medicine's Allan Platt penned an article in The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants that concludes that personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones "are becomining an essential clinical tool that can help clinicians engage in lifelong learning as part of their daily routine." Mobile devices allow for fast access to evidence-based information...
By Brian Dolan May 15, 2009
CardioNet, the only pure play wireless health company that has gone public, began selling a sleep disorders clinical indicator, called SomNet. The company believes that SomNet has the potential to identify patients with a high likelihood of sleep disorders by measuring cyclic variation of heart rate (CVHR), a rhythm that is caused by repeated arousals from sleep because of the disorders. "There...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2009
Wireless biometric sensors, connected health devices, mobile phones and online portals hold the promise of automating the management of chronic diseases. Some service providers, however, aim to do no such thing. If you truly automate the process of measuring a patient's blood pressure, for example, do you miss the key opportunity to engage that patient in their care regimen? If a chronic...
By Brian Dolan May 13, 2009
mobihealthnews had a chance to sit down with Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol, who is also Chief Medical Officer of the recently founded West Wireless Health Institute, on the sidelines of the Wireless Life-Sciences Alliance meeting here in La Jolla, California. Topol explained why he disagrees with Gartner analyst Wes Rishel, why EMRs are like the story of the Tower of Babel, how PHRs aren't much...
By Brian Dolan May 12, 2009
MedApps has inked a deal with Microsoft to connect its wireless remote monitoring HealthPAL device with Microsoft's HealthVault personal health record. The deal reinforces HealthVault as a platform for connected device makers and remote monitoring applications to connect to and deposit patients' health information. MedApps will officially connect to HealthVault tomorrow. MedApps describes...
By Brian Dolan May 8, 2009
Big news for hospitals and other care facilities that are currently using Citrix XenApp infrastructure to deliver Windows applications, but whose staff wants to use iPhones at work too -- Citrix just unveiled the Citrix Receiver for iPhone. Now iPhone and iTouch users can download the Citrix app and access any of their facility's Windows applications, so users can open documents, update reports,...