BCBS North Carolina's app; ER wait times; More

By Brian Dolan

UAE operator offers SMS consultations: Etisalat, a mobile operator in the United Arab Emirates announced the availability of an SMS based application that enables users to seek medical information on men's health, women's health, children's health and psychological health. Users of the service will also be able to seek advice from consultants on obesity, diet, exercise, diabetes and more regularly through SMS. AME Info

Boston area healthcare facility offers up ER wait times: Newton-Wellesley Hospital just rolled out a number of web services that help patients determine emergency room wait times and allows them to check-in. The web services is also streamlined for smartphone users and the facility has an iPhone app in its plans. "We are happy to be able to offer our patients the tools they need to access important health information fast,” said Mark Lemons, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine." Boston Globe

BCBSNC releases HealthNAV app: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina recently launched an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app called HealthNAV, which helps users find the closest urgent care center to them. The app also provides a place for notes about prescriptions, reminders and questions for their next appointment. The app also includes a drug finder tool that compares prices. Wilmington Star News

Using mobile phone cameras to "Like" a doctor's office? One way to add a Facebook "Like" button to anything in the physical world. TechCrunch

AFrame's wrist monitor: AFrame Digital is taking its personal health monitor device on the road for a number of industry events. The device bills itself as "a non-intrusive wrist monitor, similar to a sports watch that represents the next generation in senior health care technology." The device records activity, weight, blood pressure, pulse, oxygenation levels and more. Deviation from the user's personal baselines could alerts to caregivers. Release Video Below: