Shorts: Medical apps; IBM; Verizon

By Brian Dolan

Medical publishers team up to create smartphone app platform for other health companies: HealthDay and Complemedia’s MedicinePhone platform will provide clients in a variety of health fields the opportunity to develop their own branded smart phone applications, which can target specific information and news to medical and health professionals. "The MedicinePhone platform is helping us expand our health and medical news distribution to wireless platforms and at the same time we will be able to help our customers reach new audiences," said Dan McKillen, HealthDay CEO. "This is a good opportunity to take advantage of the explosive growth in smart phones as a productivity tool." More

Building a better mic: STMicroelectronics a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, MEMS, developer has created a more sensitive microphone for mobile phones that could enable smartphones to replace additional health devices. More

IBM's Telecom Solutions Lab in Sub-Sahara Africa located in Johannesburg has developed a proof of concept offering called 'The Enterprise Applications for IMS + SDP for Mobile Healthcare." The solution aims to improve a doctor's productivity and delivery of healthcare services using a wireless infrastructure. More

Verizon the new American Well? Health Populi has a thoughtful analysis of the recent announcement by Verizon's healthcare business unit: "Note the name Verizon chose: 'Connected Health' is the branding of the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners Health led by Dr. Joseph Kvedar in Boston. This name is well-recognized as a telehealth innovator." More