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By Brian Dolan 05:22 am May 4, 2009
iPhone applications developer IntuApps that Apple will soon approve its swine flu iPhone application, which allows users to see the current threat level of swine flu, a map showing the locations of recently diagnosed or suspected cases, a symptoms section with background info on the flu and an alerts page with breaking news.  As TechCrunch points out, if nothing else, this app allows the worried...
By Brian Dolan 02:51 pm April 29, 2009
What role can mobile phones play in saving lives during a swine flu outbreak? Three companies in the mHealth industry have spoken out this week about the opportunity mobiles could play in mitigating the risk of a pandemic disease like swine flu. mHealth could help public health officials better collect data, could help slow the spread of the flu through remote monitoring, and could help keep...
By Brian Dolan 09:47 am April 29, 2009
While at the CTIA event in Las Vegas earlier this month, the BNET.TV news team was kind enough to ask me to discuss the emerging opportunity for wireless companies looking to enter the healthcare and fitness industries. During the 10 minute clip we discuss device interoperability, iPhone 3.0, Jitterbug, Continua Health Alliance, Cardionet, LifeScan and more.  (One caveat: The Continua Health...
By Brian Dolan 12:43 pm April 28, 2009
When Fraser Edward joined Research In Motion (the company behind BlackBerry) four years ago, the device maker had only three partners for mobile healthcare applications, Edward said during a panel session at the American Telemedicine Association in Las Vegas. Today, Edward is RIM's business manager of market development for Health & Life Sciences, and the company has 30 healthcare...
By Brian Dolan 03:14 am April 23, 2009
Low-power Bluetooth connections are set to enable even more health functionalities for the mobile phone, according to Nick Hunn over at Creative Connectivity. Hunn recently attended a Bluetooth conference in Tokyo, Japan, which included the first public demos of the new Bluetooth low energy standard.  "The exciting aspect of Bluetooth low energy is its ability to enable low cost devices to be...
By Brian Dolan 12:28 pm April 21, 2009
We have written about A.D.A.M.'s Symptom Navigator application for the iPhone in the past, but now the company has developed an iPhone application that combines symptom navigation, first aid info, GPS-enabled local listings for care centers (with maps and directions) and an upcoming feature called Health Talk, which aims to connect consumers with experts to share thoughts about health topics. The...
By Brian Dolan 05:47 am April 21, 2009
David Van Sickle, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is developing a GPS add-on for asthmatics' inhalers to map where and when environmental exposures cause asthma symptoms. When detected the device will alert users and encourage them to puff on the "rescue inhaler." Van Sickle's...
By Brian Dolan 07:32 am April 17, 2009
Chilmark Research founder John Moore has a thorough review of the $0.99 iTriage iPhone application, which aims to "marry 'symptomitology' with diagnosis and from there recommended best care procedures/treatment plans and who is most appropriate to conduct those procedures for that given diagnosis," Moore wrote.  In the end Moore concluded that the iTriage packs a lot of utility into a cheap...
By Brian Dolan 04:19 am April 15, 2009
iVisit's Eyal Binshtock recently produced a video demo of the company's SeeScan object recognition application, which the company plans to roll out soon to help the visually impaired. We recently wrote about iVisit's various applications for the visually impaired -- revisit the article here. Check out the one minute demo video below:
By Brian Dolan 10:03 am April 14, 2009
During a panel discussion here at the World Health Care Congress in Washington D.C., PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder, President and Director Benjamin Heywood briefly described his social networking site's growing popularity and aims. Heywood also noted that he's still fascinated that PatientsLikeMe is thrown into the Health 2.0 bucket even though most users of his site are not young "technorati" but...