May 31, 2009
mobihealthnews recently caught up with Scott Eising, director of product management for Mayo Clinic Internet Services, to discuss his group's strategy and pain points for moving Mayo Clinic's online offerings to the mobile platform. Every major provider of health services and information is trying to figure out how best to go mobile. Eising offered a peek behind the curtain at Mayo to discuss...
May 30, 2009
A new mobile application created by a rehabilitation care services company for its workers has cut its patients' wait times down from 18 hours in some cases to less than 60 minutes. RehabCare Group built the app on top of Salesforce.com's Force.com platform and has equipped its staff with a version that works on their Apple iPhones.
It only took 4 days to create the new application.
"We have a...
May 29, 2009
You might call her the first iPhone Doctor. If Natalie Hodge, MD, has her way, though, she won't be the last.
Hodge's start-up Personal Pediatrics aims to equip a fleet of self-starter pediatricians in major metro areas with iPhones, cloud-based practice software and the marketing know-how to court new parents, families and corporate health programs alike. The company's plan points to a growing...
May 29, 2009
No surprise here.
Popular medical blogger Dr. Kevin Pho, also known as KevinMD, has a noteworthy post on the growing popularity of smartphone use in hospitals and smartphones' "inevitable" displacement of pagers. A recent study by Manhattan Research found that 64 percent of doctors use smartphones like BlackBerrys or iPhones. Each of those platforms support mobile applications that provide pager...
May 27, 2009
mobihealthnews recently caught up with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of the Life Sciences Prize Group Steering Committee at the X Prize Foundation, and the newly appointed executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute. Soon-Shiong is also founder and chairman of Abraxis BioScience and executive chairman and CEO of Abraxis Health.
The Wireless Health Institute (WHI) was established...
May 26, 2009
Chances are that by now you have heard about the many surgeries major hospitals across the U.S. have chronicled live (in 140 characters or less) via the increasingly popular social media site Twitter.
The site's founders did not come by that 140 characters limit arbitrarily, of course, it just happens to be the same limit for the text messages we send and receive via mobile phones. Twitter is one...
May 22, 2009
The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has appointed Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as the new executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, which is not to be confused with the recently established West Wireless Health Institute in La Jolla, California. Soon-Shiong's appointment is effective immediately.
Soon-Shiong is the founder and chairman of Abraxis BioScience and executive...
May 21, 2009
Has Bluetooth already won the race to wirelessly connect medical devices?
Currently, Bluetooth's Health Device Profile is the only wireless technology specification that the interoperability group Continua Health Alliance has included in its guidelines, however, last month the Alliance met in Spain to begin the process of deciding which other wireless technologies should be included. The group...
May 20, 2009
The results of a recent survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by NetMotion Wireless identified five challenges for wireless healthcare: physical connectivity issues, technology connectivity issues, extensive user demand, security, and network management. The survey also resulted in a number of interesting and telling quotes and testimonials about both the promise and frustration that...
May 19, 2009
After attending the American Telemedicine Association's event in Las Vegas last month, Google's Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona gave a spirited (read: some profanity) talk at the Ignite Seattle event the following week. DiBona is also known as a former editor at popular news site Slashdot.
Interesting but snippy comment about the level of innovation at the event: "It's like 1994 for a...