Molly Merrill

By Molly Merrill 11:57 am September 25, 2012
Consumers are faced with thousands of mobile health apps these days, but are provided with little evidence-based research to show their worth, making it difficult for physicians to even make a recommendation. One mobile application management company, Happtique, has been working to certify medical, health and fitness apps for users based on standards that address operability, privacy, security...
By Molly Merrill 01:54 pm October 10, 2011
The iPhone 4S will be available on October 14, and one expert says Apple's new release "certainly boosts its suitability for healthcare applications." But one team of UC Davis researchers didn't need an upgrade to transform their iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. Sheridan Nye (pictured at right), a senior analyst in the Enterprise Verticals practice of London-...
By Molly Merrill 06:30 pm October 6, 2011
Four out of five practicing physicians use smartphones, computer tablets, various mobile devices and numerous apps in their medical practice, according to a new report from Jackson & Coker. “Tech-savvy physicians, especially recent graduates, increasingly rely on digital and Internet-based tools to communicate with patients and improve the medical outcomes of the care they provide,” said...
By Molly Merrill 07:56 pm October 4, 2011
Telestroke technology, which links remote community hospitals with stroke neurologists in large centers, can provide the same level of care as having all parties in the same room, according to a new study. The report was presented Oct. 4 at the Canadian Stroke Congress. It found that rural patients examined with the aid of telestroke technoloy received an important stroke drug, tPA, at the same...
By Molly Merrill 02:20 pm October 4, 2011
A new study finds that physicians believe that preventing diagnostic errors can be aided using technology like decision support and artificial intelligence, but they will never replace the physician’s role in diagnosis. The 6,400-clinician study was conducted by QuantiaMD, which touts itself as the largest mobile and online physician community. Key findings of the study include: 47 percent of...
By Molly Merrill 01:28 pm October 4, 2011
Two surgeons from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are touting the benefits of social media to their colleagues as a way to disseminate accurate information to their trainees and patients. But before embracing social media, surgeons should fully understand the potential security and medical-legal implications of using it, said authors Philip L. Glick, MD, vice...
By Molly Merrill 02:01 pm October 3, 2011
Rock Health, a seed accelerator for Web and mobile health applications, is now accepting applications for the second class of start-ups in its digital health program.  Officials said that from Oct. 3-Nov. 14, Rock Health will be looking for the latest technologies and applications impacting health and wellness, to participate in its January 2012 incubator program. The five-month program includes...
By Molly Merrill 05:28 pm September 27, 2011
There is great variability in the standards used to ensure social media sites provide effective information and good answers to health questions, according to a new survey that examined diabetes-related sites. The survey was conducted by Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark, and was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. When researchers examined diabetes-...
By Molly Merrill 12:57 pm September 27, 2011
Practice Fusion debuted a prototype Tuesday of its native iOS mobile application for the iPhone at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Practice Fusion currently has iPhone and Android applications in private beta testing. Company officials say the app marks another step in the company's aggressive mobile strategy. "Doctors love mobile technology," said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion...
By Molly Merrill 02:10 pm September 26, 2011
Online community support holds great promise for creating healthy habits, according to a new study of a mobile health application geared toward helping people quit smoking. The study results were released by the University of Southern California's Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) and the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC). Researchers surveyed 266 users of LIVESTRONG.COM'...