Chris Gullo

November 16, 2011
A preliminary study of Text4Baby's impact found that the service made an impact, according to a new study from researchers at UC San Diego Health System's Department of Reproductive Medicine and the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at Cal State San Marcos University. Text4Baby is a free, SMS-based health information service for new and expectant mothers. The service, which launched in...
November 16, 2011
More than 50 percent of physicians use a smartphone for work purposes, according to a new study by IT industry association CompTIA. CompTIA’s "Third Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities" study consisted of online surveys of 350 doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers or administrators, along with executives at 400 IT firms that work in healthcare IT. The association conducted...
November 15, 2011
This week Pfizer launched Robitussin Relief Finder 2.0, a free iOS app that allows users to track flu activity nationwide and also find nearby stores that sell various types of Robitussin products. The app enables users to find Robitussin products tailored to their flu symptoms via an in-app questionnaire, locate stores nearby selling Robitussin products, and receive coupons. A flu alerts tracker...
November 14, 2011
The American Medical Association's (AMA) first consumer app, My Medications, hit Apple's AppStore late last week. The app allows patients to manage their medications, immunizations, allergies, and to access their medical team's contact information. The app costs just under a dollar: $0.99. In March, the AMA released CPT E/M QuickRef, a reference guide that helps physicians determine the...
November 14, 2011
This week Cambridge Consultants unveiled a semi-leadless pacemaker it designed for start-up EBR Systems. The device, called Wireless Cardiac Stimulation system (WiCS), includes a leadless electrode that paces the heart by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy wirelessly via an ultrasonic pulse generator. In its current iteration, however, the WiCS system requires the use of a...
November 10, 2011
This past week, Apple published more than 240 apps to the health and medical categories of its AppStore. By our count, 132 of those published to the consumer health & fitness category, and we found 112 apps in the medical category. While these numbers are high, it should come as no surprise that a significant amount of them are either not in English or not at all health related. Still,...
November 9, 2011
Bam Labs aims to make health monitoring easier for people while they sleep. Notably, the company's sensor is not wearable, but it tracks heart rate, breathing, and movement during sleep, and the company says it can even diagnose sleep apnea -- all from a mattress pad located beneath the user. MedGadget notes that the Bam Labs device was designed by former Apple employees. It is intended for use...
November 9, 2011
Merck Canada announced this month a deal with Mihealth to promote its PHR offering to Canadian doctors. According to Mihealth, which has an exclusive license to Diversinet's MobiSecure platform in Canada, its PHR data is validated by a physician once a year to ensure accuracy of the health information. Mihealth's PHR is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones. The software...
November 8, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had inked a deal with American Well to deploy the telehealth vendor's online care system for veterans, particularly those in rural areas of the US. American Well's service will enable veterans and their care providers to have online consultations via video, text, and phone messaging. The VA is creating three online practices to make...
November 8, 2011
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will deploy Voalte's point-of-care voice, alarm, and text group of services. The hospital plans to deploy 1,000 iPhones pre-loaded with the software over the course of the next 12 months. Voalte's offering combines high-definition voice calls, critical care alarms and presence-based text features and is intended for use by staff in acute care hospitals in the US and...