Ephraim Schwartz

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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:52 am January 2, 2014
Smartphones are rapidly expanding their mobile healthcare footprint with new capabilities that are transforming them into serious point-of-care diagnostic tools. Reports on the latest smartphone-as-diagnostic-tool are falling like snowflakes in Vermont. From the India Institute of Technology (ITT) comes the GE Edison Challenge first place-winning team Sinclair and its ClipOCam-Derma solution that...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 09:20 am December 30, 2013
Sensor technology, long heralded as the next big thing in high tech, is gaining purchase among mobile healthcare solutions.  RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are being retrofitted into older facilities and designed into the construction of new facilities around the country. Administrators are finding that these inexpensive and unobtrusive tags are saving thousands of dollars while...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:56 am December 23, 2013
Imagine a time when prescription drugs made by all of the major pharmas can only sit on a proverbial shelf pleading weakly, “choose me, choose me, please choose me.” A time when there are no salespeople making the rounds of doctors' offices and leaving samples, no ads on television for prescription drugs telling the public that a particular one is the cure for what ails them.  If it sounds...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:27 am December 13, 2013
Call it caring for a captive audience – prison inmates. Public safety is one obvious benefit of telemedicine expansion plans that include prisons. Inmates no longer have to be taken out of a facility and transported on public roads for hundreds of miles to a medical clinic. And there are benefits to staying in place for the prison population itself. With new funding from the state, the Louisiana...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:03 am December 6, 2013
Healthcare facilities across the country are struggling to juggle two balls in the air at the same time, keeping patients at home and healthy simultaneously. And providers are increasingly turning to mobile solutions for the answer. Driving this effort, of course, is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which tightens the screws on hospital readmissions by reducing Medicare...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:26 am November 26, 2013
Unlike mobile phones and flat panel displays, the market for mobile healthcare systems is nowhere near saturation, and that is perhaps most true in the case of diabetes apps. But the emerging market segment, ripe with opportunity, is where the attention and products are headed. With more than 11 percent of the U.S. population currently classified as diabetic, commercial solutions for managing the...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 10:07 am November 18, 2013
We are drowning in data coming from both in-patient medical tools such as EKGs and medical imaging systems to data now collected by mobile devices during patient registration, bedside visits and soon even more data delivered from at-home medical test kits and monitors. Big data — what we really mean is analytics on a grand scale — is presented as a way to solve the problem of what to do with...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:04 am November 11, 2013
Since Apple unveiled the iPad, the device has been lauded for its promise to enhance the way doctors deliver and patients engage with healthcare. Yet the results of a recent survey may be reason enough for Apple iPad boosters to seek treatment themselves.    With 86 percent of all residents at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, participating (102 of 119), only 32.4 percent...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:42 am November 4, 2013
Wearable computers to date have been only slightly more stylish than those beige boxes of PCs past. The developing market for “wearables” includes body sensors connected wirelessly to mobile devices, with a broad audience envisioned for athletes, quantified-selfers, parents who want to monitor children and physicians and hospitals that could remotely monitor patients. Wearable technology could...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:13 am October 28, 2013
While supercomputing is weaving its way into various avenues of healthcare, the potential for equipping clinicians with access to massive repositories of medical expertise via mobile devices holds perhaps the most potential to sculpt how medicine is practiced in the future. There is evidence that this manner of clinical decision support on steroids is starting to happen. Nearly lost amid the big...