Neil Versel

December 9, 2013
Contrary to conventional wisdom, medical students do not always flock to mobile devices for educational or clinical uses. They need a good reason to incorporate smartphones and tablets into their learning, a recently published study suggests. "The use and utility of mobile devices depended on the learner, the device, the circumstances and the teacher or preceptor. Mobile technologies, like other...
December 5, 2013
AT&T on Wednesday officially launched its mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) to both the consumer and enterprise markets. The system, called AT&T EverThere, provides modern passive monitoring — with automatic fall detection — as well as GPS location and cellular connectivity over the public AT&T wireless network for use outside the home. There also is a panic button for...
December 2, 2013
A new bill in Congress seeks to promote wireless, mobile and digital technologies in healthcare as a way to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. The proposed Health Savings Through Technology Act (H.R. 3577), from Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.), would establish a commission to collect and examine data on how new technologies can save money in healthcare, then make recommendations for...
November 25, 2013
Patient empowerment often is about taking care into one's own hands. Usually that means making a lot of noise or at least asking a lot of questions. Less common is the entrepreneurial path in search of a technological fix to a personal health issue. Michael Seres, co-founder of London-based 11 Health, took the latter approach. As Seres tells it, he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 12....
November 21, 2013
"A conclusion of my work is that mobile apps work. If you have something, make a mobile app and it will work," Dr. Paul Fontelo, director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine, said Tuesday while presenting a paper at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual symposium in Washington. That may be an oversimplification...
November 19, 2013
Growing pains and other hiccups in the sharing of data with patients doesn't mean healthcare providers should stop trying to make information more accessible to consumers or that people should stop demanding to be more at the center of their own healthcare, a well-known advocate of participatory medicine told an audience of medical informatics professionals. Keynoting the opening session of the...
November 14, 2013
Though the iPad has been tremendously popular among physicians since it first appeared in 2010, Apple's iconic tablet might not be all that useful for clinical documentation or for medical education, a newly published survey of residents found. Surgical residents in particular rated the iPad very low for educational utility and as a resource for evidence-based medicine, according to the study,...
November 13, 2013
A wireless shoe insert meant to help people manage diabetic peripheral neuropathy goes on sale Wednesday after some significant design changes from an earlier prototype delayed the release by nearly a year. Orpyx Medical Technologies, of Calgary, Alberta, is introducing the SurroSense Rx system to U.S. customers only through its website, in men's sizes 5-13 and women's sizes 6-12. Early orders...
November 12, 2013
Propeller Health's respiratory management platform Mobile apps for clinical management have tremendous potential to help providers and patients to manage chronic ailments together and to expand access to care. However, lack of interoperability with electronic health records, a dearth of outcomes research as well as concerns about reimbursement, regulation and individual privacy are standing in...
November 7, 2013
Motorola Solutions, the enterprise communications vendor created when the former Motorola Inc. split in two in 2011, has released two mobile devices designed specifically for healthcare use. The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company on Tuesday announced the general availability of the MC40-HC, a touch-screen, smartphone-like mobile computer for healthcare environments and the SB1-HC, a wearable, thin-...