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By Brian Dolan 08:00 am June 23, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of wireless and medical companies, which aim to create an interoperable ecosystem of medical devices and systems, has been busy this year. After announcing its first two Continua-certified products, the Alliance also announced two new wireless technologies for its Version 2 guidelines: ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Most of the devices under Continua's...
By Brian Dolan 07:52 am June 23, 2009
Epocrates prevents about one adverse drug event (ADE) per week for most physicians who use its mobile clinical software, according to a poll that the company recently conducted. Epocrates surveyed more than 2,000 physicians that use its mobile clinical reference app and 60 percent reported avoiding about one ADE a week and found the app more helpful than EMRs for actionable reference information...
By Brian Dolan 05:00 am June 23, 2009
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) may be a national nonprofit organization that represents 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living residences and senior housing communities, but it's President and CEO said he still knows a thing or two about Twitter. AAHSA's Larry Minnix told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in...
By Brian Dolan 05:11 pm June 22, 2009
You know those "Your Speed Limit Is..." signs on the side of the road? Turns out they are very effective. Michael Barrett, managing partner at Critical Mass Consulting, wondered whether the healthcare industry could learn a thing or two from those simple, roadside sentinels. Barrett made the case this morning during a presentation at the Healthcare Unbound conference here in Seattle, Washington....
By Brian Dolan 08:16 am June 19, 2009
Will smartphones make us healthier? ZDNet Healthcare's Dana Blankenhorn argues that smartphones will make us healthier: "We are still at the start of the evolution but it's time to ask the question. Will smartphones help make us healthier? Right now the fitness-obsessed and hypochondriac are getting some serious help. Many doctors have a new toy. But is anything really happening? I argue that it...
By MHN Staff 02:17 pm June 17, 2009
New Capability Responds to Growing Demand by Physicians Who Rely Heavily on Their Mobile Devices NANUET, N.Y. — iMedicor, a Vemics Company (OTCBB: VMCI), today announced that it has entered into an agreement with myLEADERBOARD, Inc. to complete the development of a mobile application of its online communications platform, responding to the growing demand by physicians who rely heavily on their...
By Brian Dolan 10:54 am June 16, 2009
Partners Healthcare system in Boston announced plans to spin-off a start-up that "gives patients the tools to be their own doctor" beginning with a wireless blood pressure cuff for at-home and on-the-go monitoring. The start-up is tentatively called "Connected Health" for now. The initial product just finished a pilot with EMC. The cuff allows users to upload their blood pressure information to...
By Brian Dolan 06:14 am June 16, 2009
Round-up of mHealth and related stories from the past week: AMA inks HealthVault deal: Last week at Microsoft's Connected Health Conference the company announced an agreement with the American Medical Association and portal developer, Covisint, to offer its physician members their own online portal to exchange health data with patients. Once a patient gives a physician access, physicians will be...
By Brian Dolan 12:00 pm June 15, 2009
Last week at the Games for Health Conference here in Boston, conference organizer Ben Sawyer told MassHighTech that eventually mobile fitness tracking applications and video games like EA Sports Active will integrate with electronic medical records.  The event featured Boston-area companies like AWare Technologies, FitnessKeeper, and Molecular, which all develop applications to track fitness data...
By Brian Dolan 07:21 am June 9, 2009
Last week we wrote about the growing popularity of smartphones among doctors and their growing use at hospitals. We wondered what it would take for smartphones to displace legacy pagers. After posting our article with the question: "What's it going to take for smartphones to replace pagers in hospitals?" we received a number of comments. We reprinted a few of them below with the authors'...