October 5, 2009
According to a recent report from Manhattan Research, by 2012 the percentage of U.S. physicians using smartphones will increase to 81 percent. The current rate of penetration is 64 percent, according to the research firm's report “Physicians in 2012: The Outlook for On Demand, Mobile, and Social Digital Media.”
Manhattan believes that as physicians currently using smartphones age their use of...
October 2, 2009
Larry Smarr, Institute Director at Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) has big ideas for the digital transformation of healthcare over the next decade and he plans to leverage Calit2's resources to push the trend forward, according to a report from Xconomy. Smarr said he's pushing the digital transformation of healthcare along with similar...
September 29, 2009
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Premier healthcare alliance inked a deal with mobile application developer AirStrip Technologies for AirStrip OB, which provides obstetricians and nurses with real-time, remote access to fetal and maternal waveform data, including fetal heart rate and maternal contractions. Premier began offering the application to its 2,200 hospital members about two weeks ago....
September 24, 2009
Nurses at the University of Minnesota Medical Center began using ASCOM "smartphones" about six months ago, according to a report on Fox News. While the handsets are note "smartphones" in the traditional sense, they do seem to cut down on the wait time it takes for nurses to answer patients' beckons since the handsets are always on the nurse's belt or around their neck. The handsets also integrate...
September 23, 2009
GE Healthcare and Sprint teamed up to update San Antonio, TX-based Methodist Healthcare's six hospitals with a converged wireless network platform. The healthcare group's CIO noted that the new system may result in a bigger budget to hire more healthcare provider workers, and mentioned nurses as an example.
“We have to work to make hospitals more efficient,” Eddie Cuellar, CIO of Methodist...
September 21, 2009
"The time for connected health really is now," The Center for Connected Health's Founder and Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar told attendees during a presentation at MassMEDIC last week.
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Kvedar said that connected health technology companies have to make the case to providers that their solutions work better and save more money than a medical home solution that uses little...
September 21, 2009
Paolo Bonato holds many titles: Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School; chair of the 2008 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Committee on Wearable Biomedical Sensors and Systems. Bonato's work focuses on technology like wearable...
September 21, 2009
Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI), and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, penned a column about wireless healthcare over at VentureBeat this past weekend:
"This morphing of medicine centers on an unprecedented surge of technological and medical innovation. We have the tools to take full...
September 18, 2009
Seventy-five percent of healthcare providers, patients, payers and technology enablers surveyed by Cambridge Consultants said that connected health preventative practice could cut healthcare expenses by 40 percent. Cambridge Consultants conducted the survey in conjunction with the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC).
The two groups define a "Connected Health" approach like...
September 16, 2009
A representative from Epocrates has clarified the announcement that the company would no longer support older Windows Mobile and Palm devices -- the company said that the majority of Palm OS devices will continue to have support from Epocrates. Here's the update:
"We are not ceasing support for all Palm and Windows Mobile devices, only a handful of older operating systems that do not have the...