April 17, 2014
After a few years of similar data points, Manhattan Research's Director of Physician Research James Avallone feels confident that smartphone adoption among physicians in the US has plateaued.
"We have seen this number in the low 80s since 2011 -- it's been static," Avallone said. "In 2010 we were at 72 percent of physicians and then the following year we hit four out of five. Since then it's...
April 16, 2014
Mayo Clinic-backed, Palo Alto, California-based Better officially launched its service this week after a year of private beta tests following a high-profile debut at the All Things D event last year. Geoff Clapp, who was a co-founder of early digital health success story Health Hero Networks, co-founded and is CEO of Better. MobiHealthNews caught up with Clapp ahead of today's launch to discuss...
April 15, 2014
Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry (formerly known as Research In Motion) announced this week an investment in Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's digital health rollup NantHealth, which boasts that about 250 hospitals are now using its cloud-based, clinical decision support platform. The dollar amount of the investment was not disclosed.
BlackBerry and NantHealth haven't yet finalized the specific details...
April 14, 2014
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital has begun working with a startup called Wearable Intelligence to deploy Google Glass in the emergency department. The hospital has four Glass devices shared among 10 emergency department physicians, including CIO John Halamka, who thinks Glass has the potential to, in some ways, be the new iPad.
"So I said a couple of years ago, if you had a tablet computer with a...
April 9, 2014
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University are continuing to iterate in the field of stretchable, flexible sensors and antennae. A new paper, recently published in Science, presented a new approach to the category that would allow off-the-shelf chip-based electronics to be incorporated into a peel-and-stick patch.
“We designed this device to monitor...
April 8, 2014
Nine health systems and organizations in Washington and Oregon -- representing more than a million patients -- have pledged to open up physician notes to patients via electronic medical records by the end of 2015. That increases the total number of patients with access to their physicians' notes by 50 percent -- from 2 million to 3 million altogether.
OpenNotes, the initiative that grew out of a...
April 2, 2014
The AliveCor Heart Monitor can be a cost-effective method to identify high risk of stroke in adults over 65 years old, according to a recent feasibility study published in the journal Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
AliveCor's heart monitor is available in the form of a smartphone case or a peripheral that attaches to the back of the phone. It sends data to a companion app that stores the device's...
April 1, 2014
According to an as-yet unpublished study, the Mayo Clinic has found that incorporating a smartphone app into cardiac rehabilitation can reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions by 40 percent.
"The takeaway is that digital health, mobile health, can be used for cardiovascular disease prevention, especially in a high risk group," lead researcher Dr. R. Jay Widmer told MobiHealthNews...
April 1, 2014
Nurses who use a smartphone-based clinical guidelines program about smoking screen patients more often and are more successful at helping patients quit smoking, according to a Columbia University School of Nursing study published in Oncology Nursing Forum.
The study looked at the screening rates of 185 registered nurses who used the smartphone based system to treat patients during 14,000 clinic...
March 31, 2014
Berlin-based Caterna Vision Therapy will soon become the developer of the first mobile medical app in Germany to be prescribed to patients by physicians and that has reimbursement in place from a health plan, Caterna's founder Dr. Markus Müschenich told MobiHealthNews. Beginning tomorrow -- April 1st -- Caterna's online program for children with amblyopia, a visual impairment condition, will be...