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By Brian Dolan 09:14 am March 30, 2009
The New York Times ran a contributed column late last week by a doctor who relates her own anecdotal evidence for the findings of a recent study that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The "connectedness" between patient and doctor can significantly affect outcomes for the better. More on the growing number of doctors making house calls thanks to better reimbursement.  Integrated PHRs...
By Brian Dolan 05:53 am March 30, 2009
Thanks to a $45 million gift from the Gary and Mary West Foundation and support from Qualcomm and Scripps Health, the newly formed West Wireless Health Institute in San Diego will work to take wireless medicine out of the lab and into the marketplace.  Qualcomm's Vice President of Health and Life Sciences will serve as the institute's Founding Board Member while Scripps Health's Chief Academic...
By Brian Dolan 10:49 am March 26, 2009
BoxTone and Wallace Wireless announced plans to help the public sector, public safety and health care companies tighten the security for their BlackBerry platforms. Chicken before egg: Lifespan looks to create EMRs that will hook up to its medical device peripherals. ZDNet wonders if new NCHIT David Blumenthal thinks of "open" as in "Google open" or as in "iPhone open" when he refers to an open "...
By Brian Dolan 05:29 am March 25, 2009
Australia's Telstra Foundation has announced a grant of $285,000 (Australian Dollars) over two years for an mHealth program run by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.  The program, which has already facilitated a successful pilot, uses mobile phones to track the mental health of young people suffering from depression. Telstra Foundation is an arm of Australia's biggest wireless carrier,...
By Brian Dolan 10:18 am March 23, 2009
Perhaps the most engaging presentation at the New America Foundation and CTIA's Wireless Health IT event in the Senate's Dirksen office building was the one given by Michael Barrett, managing partner at Critical Mass Consulting and author of the well-known Healthcare Unbound report. Barrett began his talk with a rough timeline of healthcare dating back to before the 18th Century. He then went on...
By Brian Dolan 01:04 pm March 20, 2009
After this week's big announcement from Apple that the iPhone will soon be able to connect to medical devices via Bluetooth, we thought it'd be a good idea to check-in with the Continua Health Alliance, which is working to ensure interoperability for connected personal medical devices. Earlier today, mobihealthnews caught up with Continua Health Alliance President David Whitlinger to discuss the...
By Brian Dolan 05:22 am March 20, 2009
An article in Health Populi reported that 1 in 4 people with chronic conditions are delaying care, according to a survey conducted by the National Council on Aging. The survey found that the percentage of Baby Boomer women delaying care was much higher at 39 percent and Latinos were even higher at 43 percent. The survey polled 1,000 people 44-years-old and up with chronic conditions. Two-thirds...
By Brian Dolan 06:31 am March 19, 2009
The University of Iowa announced that it has successfully piloted a low-cost, green technology for tracking hand hygiene at a hospital. The pilot used Zigbee technology, which is a low-power wireless technology, to track interaction between a small, page-like badge hospital staff carry and a hand hygiene dispenser located outside of patient rooms. Article The North Carolina Biotechnology Center...
By Brian Dolan 04:50 am March 19, 2009
By Kimberly Moore, M.P.H. Patients with chronic diseases make choices that can dramatically affect their health everyday. Those who are able to manage their chronic diseases successfully do so primarily by learning about their disease, mastering self-management techniques and building a relationship with their physician. Disciplined management is important as it is associated with improved health...
By Brian Dolan 05:13 am March 18, 2009
Prediction: 75 percent of physicians will adopt e-prescribing by 2014. Determining how much health-related productivity loss is avoidable is a slippery fish. What is HIPAA's impact on wireless in an ambulatory setting? Evaware adds remote telemonitoring via WiFi and BlackBerry devices. Garmin links up with fitness brands for wireless workouts. Pouring cold water on EMRs: Was it a bad $50 billion...