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By Aditi Pai July 31, 2014
Stanford University Medical Center's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has started using Google Glass in its resident training program. Stanford will use software from Glass app maker CrowdOptic to help train residents on performing cardiothoracic surgery. While a resident is operating on a patient, surgeons can use the CrowdOptic software to watch the resident's progress and send visual...
By Aditi Pai July 31, 2014
Teledermatology referrals that use a smartphone with an attached dermoscope allowed dermatologists to manage their patients faster and more efficiently than by traditional paper referrals, according to a paper published in medical journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica. The study was conducted by Alexander Borve, the CEO of iDoc24, which has offices in Stolkholm, Sweden and San Francisco. All...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2014
Smartphone and tablet use by level of experience. A new study in the Journal of Radiation Oncology looked at self-reported smartphone and tablet ownership and usage statistics in young, French, radiation oncologists. While the sample is quite specific and not necessarily generalizable, it does present an interesting look at the up-and-coming generation of physicians (most of the subjects had...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
By Aditi Pai July 28, 2014
Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing an app that monitors a person's voice during phone calls to detect mood changes in people who have bipolar disorder. The app, called PRIORI, still needs more testing before it can be commercialized, the researchers said, but a small pilot study of six individuals with bipolar disorder has shown the app has the potential to help warn...
By MHN Staff July 25, 2014
Over the course of the past decade the concept of an accountable care organization (ACO) has come to define a variety of healthcare provider setups that have primary care as a core focus, payments tied to care quality improvements, and an incentive for lower costs. These models have long been held up as ideal contexts for the flourishing of digital health tools. While not all ACO systems are...
By Jonah Comstock July 23, 2014
Fitnet, the instructional video fitness app maker that launched in January of this year, has begun its first clinical pilot, a collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) sponsored by a $15,000 grant from Mozilla. Fitnet will work with eight families in KUMC's Health Hawks childhood obesity program and provide an iPad and a data plan to each family in the program. "Most of...
By Brian Dolan July 21, 2014
Over the weekend the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which represents the country's more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.) and medical students, passed a resolution at their annual meeting in Chicago instructing their physician members to "actively educate patients on the importance of seeing a physician when ill or injured and in need of a medical diagnosis, and that patients...
By Aditi Pai July 21, 2014
Roseland, New Jersey-based Epion Health raised $4.5 million in an investment led by investment firm Deerfield Management Company for its iPad-based patient check-in tool. Epion Health was in Healthbox's second Boston class, backed by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts. Staff at physician practices can use the tool in place of paper-based registration forms -- contact information, consent, and...
By Jonah Comstock July 17, 2014
When it comes to tech partnerships, it's hard to imagine one more hard-hitting than Apple and IBM, two companies who announced this week that they would be collaborating on enterprise software for iPhones and iPads. Apple is also rolling out a new customer service and support offering specifically for enterprise customers. "The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done,...