Nancy-Ann DeParle named "health czar"

DeParlePresident Obama has named Clinton Administration vet Nancy-Ann DeParle to the post of Director of the White House Office for Health Reform. The position is commonly referred to as the "health czar," which Obama's first pick for HHS secretary (and health czar) Tom Daschle coined. Obama also publicly confirmed reports that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will lead the HHS.

An App Store for mHealth?

MiM iPhone AppApple's iTunes App Store for the iPhone isn't the only applications store for mobile devices these days: Google already has the Android Marketplace for phones running on its operating software and others are looking to launch stores: Nokia's Ovi Apps Store for Symbian, RIM's BlackBerry Apps Storefront, Microsoft SkyMarket for Windows Mobile, and Palm's webOS Software Store fo

Video: Microsoft's vision of connected future

Just for fun since it's Monday morning: Here's a "preview" video from Microsoft that captures some of their visions for the connected future--check out the scene with the doctor using some incredibly thin mobile clinical assistant for the mHealth angle--but note the extreme focus on user interface. Design is an incredibly important key toward driving adoption.

Video: Profile of an mHealth doctor

Here's yet another video, this time from, that profiles a primary care physician who makes use of a mobile tablet and other health IT to enable better and more efficient care for his patients. Dr. John Selle in San Francisco says he can pull up lab results, x-rays and even quickly search the Internet should he need to find an answer to a question while in the examining room. Dr. Selle has also set-up a Q&A section on his website that allows his patients to ask him non-urgent questions, which he usually answers in three days.

mRound-up: mHealth & related newsbits

According to this Red Herring article, IBM has kicked-off a health IT "gold rush" by announcing four major deals with hospitals it already had prior agreements with. The $19B in the stimulus bill is the obvious cause for this so-called "gold rush" in health IT but read on for more on RH's take on what's next for the "ultra-individualistic and IT tech-resistant health care industry."

Stanford Doc: Why I use Epocrates on iPhone

That was quick. I just get finished ranting about how the healthcare industry needs to appreciate (and use) the current doctor-centric iPhone applications already available in the AppStore, and now I discover this: A great video interview just published over at in which Stanford University Doctor Andrew Newman explains how and why he uses Epocrates' iPhone application in his practice.

Mobile phones to diagnose via breathalyzer?

Applied NanodetectorsA UK nanotech company reportedly developed a mobile phone prototype with Nokia that can detect various diseases or medical conditions from a user's breath. The company, Applied Nanodetectors, claims the device can detect asthma, diabetes, lung cancer, breath odor, breath alcohol concentration and a certain type of food poisoning, according to Nikkei Electronics.