Ed Bennet, hospital web manager at the University of Maryland Medical System has kept a running list of social media accounts managed by U.S. hospitals for some time now--his most recent update tracks the popularity of YouTube accounts vs. Twitter accounts.
Since 2006 Cisco has helped power an mHealth program in Kenya that equips doctors with PDAs or cell phones to record data and access information for a variety of medical conditions, including possible treatments outlined in easy-to-use flowcharts. Here's a quick overview of the program from Business Daily Africa.
Here's a video (via MobileActive.org) that showcases Nokia's Data Gathering application for the E71. The video shows the Amazonas' State Health Department in Brazil using the devices and application to monitor and treat outbreaks of dengue fever. In developing markets one of the key problems for caregivers and public health workers is recording and managing data collection on health issues for large populations.
The FDA has cleared GE Healthcare's ECG solution, called the portable MAC 800, which the company says is based on cell phone technology. The device was originally introduced into China's market last year and will become commercially available in the US during the second quarter.
In case anyone missed it, Apple announced that it will reveal iPhone OS 3.0 next week. Be sure to tune in Tuesday and I'll break down how the newest version of the iPhone operating system could affect potential and existing mHealth applications.
John Halamka, MD, MS, the CIO of CareGroup Health System and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, has cut the cord and no longer has a landline phone. Halamka wrote a post about going all mobile over at his blog Life as a Healthcare CIO. Halamka is also Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician.
Two Bluetooth powered cardiac monitoring devices made news today--and their approaches couldn't be further from each other. Also of note: Bluetooth is the wireless standard the Continua Alliance is working to make standard for wireless health devices.
Vital Jacket: Vibrating T-Shirt monitors ECG
April is a big month for wireless medicine events and the mobihealthnews team will be at all the big ones: CTIA Wireless, BodyNets09, HIMSS, World Healthcare Congress, Health 2.0 and ATA 2009. If you'll be attending any of these events and would like to meet up, be sure to send me an email.
American Public Media's Marketplace radio program had a quick piece on wireless medicine recently that included interviews with a number of doctors.