Shorts: $12B wasted? mHealth gaps and barriers

By Brian Dolan
03:17 pm
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iPad 21 million iPads sold: Apple sold its one millionth iPad last Friday, which marks just 28 days after its commercial availability on April 3. Apple said that iPad users have already downloaded over 12 million apps from the App Store. More

$12B wasted: According to a new report from Voalte, researchers estimate that U.S. hospitals waste $12 billion annually due to poor communication. For a typical 500 bed, acute-care hospital, communication problems between physicians and nurses creates an annual $4 million economic burden. Read more from Voalte's report: “Smart Hospitals: Embracing Smartphones at the Point of Care.” More

3G powered mHealth: China-based IVT Corp. plans to demo three 3G-enabled mobile health services for hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes at the ATA 2010 event in San Antonio, TX next week. (We'll be there, too.) More

Gaps and Barriers: The mHealth Alliance and the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University recently published a dense but very worthwhile report on mobile health in so-called developing markets: “Barriers and Gaps Affecting mHealth in Low and Middle Income Countries." More (PDF)

Honeywell tightens bond with eDevice: Honeywell HomMed expanded its partnership with eDevice to bring "extended connectivity" to its LifeStream remote patient care system and Genesis DM monitor, which we believe means it added some mobile connectivity, especially given this statement from eDevice about the deal: “Such innovative homecare systems are part of the solution for improving quality of care for aging populations. In the future policy makers shall certainly take into consideration the financial benefits resulting from innovative mHealth solutions.” More

The first of many TeleClinics? LifeWatch announced what it said is the first in its line of "TeleClinic" products, the "AF TeleClinic." According to the company, "The timesaving and cost-effective features of the AF TeleClinic include automatic scheduling of patient follow up monitoring, powerful reporting formats providing additional important data, metrics and trending charts." More

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