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By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
The most recent of the Health Affairs journal just went to print and one paper in the journal discusses the barriers toward personal health record (PHR) adoptions and potential solutions to some of the barriers. Not surprisingly, one potential solution suggested is accessing PHRs via mobile phone.  "It is imperative that these barriers hampering adoption of personal health records be addressed....
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
InfoLogix and Chesterfield, Missouri-based Sisters of Mercy Health System have inked a deal to deploy wireless multi-site medical communications throughout the seven state area hospitals, physician practices and outpatient clinics. As part of the deal across three of the health system's campuses, some 240 mobile phones will be distributed to doctors, nurses and patients (?) at Mercy hospitals....
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
  Dr. Phillip Olla penned a rather comprehensive trend piece on the "M-health phenomenon" over at the MOCOM 2009 site.  Olla lays out his definition of mobile health and also builds the case for why mHealth has serious potential to help improve healthcare for marginalized populations the world over. The author also mentions his upcoming book: Mobile Health Solutions for Biomedical Applications, ...
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
John Walls, Vice President of Public Affairs for CTIA, a leading wireless industry association, recently interviewed the Center for Disease Control's  Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt, who serves as the CDC's Director of the National Center for Health Marketing. "Mobile communications is absolutely going to revolutionize not just health communications, not just public health, but, I believe, health in...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
The eHealth Initiative (not to be confused with Boston-based mHealth Initiative) CEO Janet Marchiboda has stepped down to take a job at IBM as their Chief Healthcare Officer. Tom Wiltzius, who is a junior at Stanford University, has won a $6,000 fellowship to fund his FrontlineSMS:Medic program in Balaka district, Malawi. Since most studies show radiation from cell phones is not harmful, ABC News...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
Dr. Matthew Decaro's free iPhone app for doctors proves that there are any number of small inefficiencies in a typical doctor's day that could be improved by simple mobile applications. Decaro's app, called ABG, analyzes blood gas levels in a matter of seconds, saving doctors a few minutes per calculation. Doctors without the application typically look up numbers on arterial blood extractions in...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
Despite technology's promise and anecdotal evidence pointing to its potential, mHealth has not seen many rigorous evaluations that have measured its ability to affect clinical outcomes. Process outcomes are clear: mHealth can save time and money, increase the number of reported health events, increase the number of patients enrolled and so forth. But can mHealth help save lives, too by reducing...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
By Karen Katz, Esq. Director of Business Development, Health, Medtech and e-Health at Mintz Levin The MIT Bio-Innovations Conference on Saturday, set the stage for a dynamic, engaging conversation centered on delivering quality healthcare, swiftly and efficiently with its panel discussion entitled "Choice & Change: Innovations in Consumer Centric Healthcare". Moderated by Daria Niewenhous, a...
By Brian Dolan March 7, 2009
According to a new study from Turkish researchers, doctors and nurses' mobile phones could act as a reservoir for tough-to-kill "superbug" bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The report, penned by Faculty of Medicine at the Ondokuz Mayis University, found that 95 percent of the phones tested were contaminated with bacteria like MRSA, which can cause serious staph...
By Brian Dolan March 6, 2009
Who remembers the Diagnosaurus? Did anybody use it on an old PDA when it first came out in 2003? Unbound Medicine has uploaded its differential diagnoses lookup tool to Apple's iPhone AppStore. It's an old classic from the Palm Pilot PDA days: The Diagnosaurus DDx. The application has 1,000 diagnoses for caregivers to sift through just like the original PDA version did back in 2003, but the price...

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