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By Brian Dolan August 31, 2010
Neal Sikka, an emergency physician at George Washington University, launched a six-month study in May that aimed to determine how accurately ER doctors and physician assistants could diagnose wounds from images patients took with their own mobile phones. When people arrive at the hospital with cuts, skin infections, rashes or other flesh wounds, Sikka and his team of researchers recruit...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2010
The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital has tapped CareSpeak Communications for a two-way text message-enabled medication adherence program for teenage heart transplant patients and their families. CareSpeak's program aims to help patients take their medications at the right time and as prescribed in an effort to decrease the likelihood of...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2010
East Brunswick, NJ (August 27, 2010) — The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is working with CareSpeak Communications to bring mHealth (mobile health) to its teenage heart transplant patients and their families. The CareSpeak system uses 2-way text messaging to ensure patients take their medications on time and as prescribed,...
By Brian Dolan August 26, 2010
Perhaps more than any other quote, Kaiser Permanente senior IT manager Sean Chai's recent quote in the Wall Street Journal sums up how a good number of healthcare professionals feel about Apple's iPad: “Apple didn’t design this for the health-care industry. But it’s a tremendous form factor.” Form factor plus access to thousands of medical apps (more than 300 medical apps developed specifically...
By Brian Dolan August 26, 2010
In the United States today there are about 3 million people with some form of epilepsy, a medical condition that produces seizures affecting mental and physical functions. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures they are generally considered to have epilepsy, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, which estimates direct and indirect costs associated with the condition at about $15.5...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2010
PerfectServe Clinician for the iPhone: For those physicians with iPhones and an existing PerfectServe account (the company counts 14,000 customers), the new iPhone app from PerfectServe enables users to contact colleagues directly without needing phone lists, directories or call schedules; Call patients with their privacy protected, since only the physicians’ office IDs will appear on caller ID;...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2010
Sorry, the iPhone isn't revolutionizing medicine... yet: A Business Insider commentary piece argues that the real future growth will be in physician centered apps for both the iPad and iPhone. The report includes interviews with McKinsey & Co. as well as an academic at Columbia University. Memorable quote: "But for now, the most widely used health apps are 'faddy' wellness apps, according to...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2010
GreatCall, which offers the easy-to-use Jitterbug mobile phone service has added two more mobile health offerings to its Services Store: Medication Reminder and Check in Call. Jitterbug subscribers who sign up for the new $10-a-month medication reminder service will receive an automated phone call that reminds them to take a particular medication at a given time. The automated call isn't just one...
By Brian Dolan August 25, 2010
Jupiter Research analyst Anthony Cox divides wireless remote monitoring into two discrete buckets: Fundamental heart monitoring and on-going management of chronic diseases. While Jupiter's current and near-term forecast for these two categories favors the CardioNets, LifeWatches and eCardios of the world, Cox believes that longterm the larger user base and bigger revenues will come from managing...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2010
After a few months of testing, a Best Buy senior director, Kurt Hulander, said the big box electronics store will begin selling wireless-enabled health and fitness devices in more than half of its 1,089 stores in the US. "It's a potential growth area for us," Hulander told BusinessWeek. "A lot of things traditionally done in the doctor's office might soon be done at home." Best Buy has not...

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