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By Brian Dolan August 24, 2010
That is, at least, according to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology: Daily text message reminders did not help the 82 women in the study become more adherent to their birth control pill regimen. Both the text-receiving participants and the control group missed about 5 pills per month. (Worth noting perhaps that, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal about the study,...
By Brian Dolan August 23, 2010
Boston hospital launches SMS ER wait times: Boston's MetroWest Medical Center launched a texting program last week that enables people to find out emergency room wait times. In the week since it launched 450 people have texted in, according to the report. Users need to text 63311 to 437-411 to get the wait times. That's "Med11" to "4ER411" Boston Globe Telecom Analyst: Time to splash around is...
By Molly Merrill August 19, 2010
Research firm Kalorama cites high rates of physician use of smartphones and PDAs and available applications among many factors making healthcare ideal for smartphone sales. In 2009, PDAs and smartphones for healthcare applications were worth about $2.6 billion combined, according to Kalorama's recent report, Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors &...
By Brian Dolan August 19, 2010
Recent weeks have brought a new flurry of mobile health-related metrics from established research firms as well as from deployments of mobile health services and devices. Here's the redux: ABI Research reported this week that mobile data services for health care will grow to $7.7 billion worldwide by 2014. These services include non-voice and non-WiFi mobile services. The figure means that...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
Atlantic General Hospital in Maryland is now offering free apps for Android, iPhone and Blackberry users that provide the most-up-to-date information about Atlantic General Hospital’s outpatient services: wait times for the ER, walk-in lab work and X-ray services. The hospital claims to be the first in the state offer a wait times app. Ocean City Today Medtronic's Lenny the Carb Counting Lion...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
Video chat will change mobile phone use for the hearing impaired: One of Apple's commercials for its FaceTime video chat service shows two people using sign language: A group of researchers at the University of Washington is developing their own mobile technology that enables users to transmit American Sign Language (ASL) over cellular networks via device. The software is called MobileASL and was...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
Mobile data services for health care will grow to $7.7 billion worldwide by 2014, according to a new report from ABI Research. Specifically, the estimate includes cellular data services and not WiFi. The healthcare industry will account for 10 percent of all global mobile data revenue by 2014. Accessing mobile data services, text messaging and mobile email are the key applications driving...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
Clearly healthcare is a "niche" market for smartphone makers and smartphone application developers -- but how niche? Healthcare research firm Kalorama Information estimates that healthcare accounts for about 5 percent of the smartphone market. Last year, sales of PDAs and smartphones for healthcare applications were worth about $2.6 billion, according to a recent Kalorama report called "Handhelds...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) - Healthcare is a niche market with growth potential for Smartphones, according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. The firm cites high rates of physician use of Smartphones and PDAs and available applications among many factors making healthcare ideal for Smartphone sales. In 2009, PDAs and Smartphones for healthcare...
By Brian Dolan August 18, 2010
"First" tablet-based American hospital? According to a report in the San Diego Business Journal, "Palomar Pomerado Health is working with San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc. to be the first American hospital network to use tablet-based systems." The very first? San Diego Business Journal WiFi-enabled home health startup seeks $6.8 million in VC: Healthsense, which offers a number of home health...

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