"You need a more reliable wireless connection for a CAT scan than you for watching a cat do backflips on Youtube," FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein joked at an event that took place this morning in the Senate. The session, The Wireless Future of Health IT, was jointly organized by the the wireless industry association, CTIA, and the New America Foundation.
Intel's Chairman, Craig Barrett, knows a thing or two about healthcare. Partly because he and his wife provide health insurance for the 75 people who work at the resort they personally own. Partly because he's the chairman of one of the biggest company's in the technology business. And partly because he owns horses.
"I have horses who have their own electronic medical records and better health care options than the employees at my resort," Barrett deadpanned at an event in Washington D.C. focused on wireless I.T. in healthcare.
After this week's big announcement from Apple that the iPhone will soon be able to connect to medical devices via Bluetooth, we thought it'd be a good idea to check-in with the Continua Health Alliance, which is working to ensure interoperability for connected personal medical devices.
Speech recognition company Nuance announced its Dragon Medical 10 solution, which it claims is both 20 percent more accurate and nearly twice as fast as its last offering. The latest software is available in the UK and Ireland to start. New features include medical vocabularies, hidden mode, extended mobile dictation support, and advanced voice shortcuts and templates.
An article in Health Populi reported that 1 in 4 people with chronic conditions are delaying care, according to a survey conducted by the National Council on Aging. The survey found that the percentage of Baby Boomer women delaying care was much higher at 39 percent and Latinos were even higher at 43 percent.
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
By Kimberly Moore, M.P.H.
Health Populi analyzed a recent consumer survey by Deloitte that found out:
- 54 percent of people are learning more about health risks, prevention, and mental health
- 66 percent of smokers are trying to quit
- 40 percent of alcohol drinkers are trying to cut back
- 70 percent of people said they'd participate in wellness programs if they received some financial incentive
Determining how much health-related productivity loss is avoidable is a slippery fish.
What is HIPAA's impact on wireless in an ambulatory setting?