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By Brian Dolan March 12, 2009
In case anyone missed it, Apple announced that it will reveal iPhone OS 3.0 next week. Be sure to tune in Tuesday and I'll break down how the newest version of the iPhone operating system could affect potential and existing mHealth applications. While many are hoping for simple functionalities like "copy&paste" to be finally supported, there is some talk of the iPhone finally enabling...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2009
Two Bluetooth powered cardiac monitoring devices made news today--and their approaches couldn't be further from each other. Also of note: Bluetooth is the wireless standard the Continua Alliance is working to make standard for wireless health devices. Vital Jacket: Vibrating T-Shirt monitors ECG Chile-based BioDevices has been featured in a number of places this week for its Vital Jacket product...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2009
While it's been available for download for a few weeks, Healthagen just officially announced the launch of its iTriage iPhone app (not to be confused with Triage Wireless). Designed by two Denver-based ER doctors, iTriage aims to help consumers make better healthcare decisions by providing relevant medical info, transparency around quality, and info and access to local healthcare facilities. Here...
By Brian Dolan March 11, 2009
There's been a flurry of "Top Ten (free) Medical iPhone Apps" lists gracing the homepages of a number of health blogs and publications this week. Because of the iTunes' AppStore's popularity, trying to pin down the Top Ten Free Apps in a given category is like trying to shoot a moving target. If you believe recent studies, chances are anyone who downloaded one of these apps last week won't be...
By Brian Dolan March 10, 2009
This is rather amazing: Yet another medical adherence app for the iPhone that helps users keep track of medications they are taking. The latest is called iPills--not to be confused with The Pill Phone or Pillboxer or myCommunity PillBox, all of which we have covered in the past.  Stop me when this sounds familiar: iPills lets you set up pills you need to take regularly--at any interval. With...
By Brian Dolan March 9, 2009
The eHealth Initiative (not to be confused with Boston-based mHealth Initiative) CEO Janet Marchiboda has stepped down to take a job at IBM as their Chief Healthcare Officer. Tom Wiltzius, who is a junior at Stanford University, has won a $6,000 fellowship to fund his FrontlineSMS:Medic program in Balaka district, Malawi. Since most studies show radiation from cell phones is not harmful, ABC News...
By Brian Dolan March 6, 2009
Who remembers the Diagnosaurus? Did anybody use it on an old PDA when it first came out in 2003? Unbound Medicine has uploaded its differential diagnoses lookup tool to Apple's iPhone AppStore. It's an old classic from the Palm Pilot PDA days: The Diagnosaurus DDx. The application has 1,000 diagnoses for caregivers to sift through just like the original PDA version did back in 2003, but the price...
By Brian Dolan March 5, 2009
When I saw the headlines about Google Health's update today, I had high hopes that one of those bullet points would describe the PHR's new mobile strategy. My initial surprise, however, wore thin by the time I read through the official announcement over at Google's blog. They have a new mobile strategy: Print out your Google Health account information and keep a copy of it in your wallet. Think I...
By Brian Dolan March 2, 2009
Apple's iTunes App Store for the iPhone isn't the only applications store for mobile devices these days: Google already has the Android Marketplace for phones running on its operating software and others are looking to launch stores: Nokia's Ovi Apps Store for Symbian, RIM's BlackBerry Apps Storefront, Microsoft SkyMarket for Windows Mobile, and Palm's webOS Software Store for its upcoming Pre...
By Brian Dolan March 2, 2009
Just for fun since it's Monday morning: Here's a "preview" video from Microsoft that captures some of their visions for the connected future--check out the scene with the doctor using some incredibly thin mobile clinical assistant for the mHealth angle--but note the extreme focus on user interface. Design is an incredibly important key toward driving adoption. Video: Future Vision Montage