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By Brian Dolan 05:28 am March 18, 2009
Health Populi analyzed a recent consumer survey by Deloitte that found out: - 54 percent of people are learning more about health risks, prevention, and mental health - 66 percent of smokers are trying to quit - 40 percent of alcohol drinkers are trying to cut back - 70 percent of people said they'd participate in wellness programs if they received some financial incentive  Here's how Deloitte...
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...
By Brian Dolan 09:24 am March 17, 2009
As I predicted last week, Apple announced this afternoon new features of the iPhone OS 3.0 platform that will enable a new host of mobile health applications, devices and services. Today's event at Apple's headquarters included speakers from LifeScan, a Johnson&Johnson company, as well as advanced functionality for connecting accessories like medical devices via USB and Bluetooth (Continua,...
By Brian Dolan 07:00 am March 17, 2009
Boston-based mHealth Initiative has outlined its proposal for how the U.S. healthcare system could be restructured to save money and increase quality of care by implementing mobiles throughout the healthcare value chain. mHI calls it "participatory healthcare." mHI calls for this restructuring to occur over the next decade.  The executive summary of the mHI's restructuring ideas are included...
By Brian Dolan 06:33 am March 17, 2009
If you're a fan of the television show House, you may have already heard of Israel-based Given Imaging's PillCam. However, Joshua Devine, a high school sophomore who lives near San Diego, became one of the first to actually swallow the 1-inch long, plastic capsule that contains a tiny wireless camera at Rady Children's Hospital.  PillCam is an alternative to endoscopy, which requires the...
By Brian Dolan 02:01 pm March 16, 2009
By Karen Katz, Esq. Director of Business Development, Health, Medtech and e-Health at Mintz Levin "So to stop the computer, I click on "start?" This question from my retired, 76 year old Dad as we go through how to shut down Microsoft Windows for the hundredth time. Yup. It's counter-intuitive. With the aging baby boomer population, 259 million cell phone users in the United States and the...
By Brian Dolan 10:31 am March 16, 2009
ERBI Medtech and Cambridge Wireless recently published a report that recommended governments consider a dedicated frequency band for medical devices in order to boost confidence and stimulate uptake of wireless technology within healthcare environments. The report consolidated findings and discussions that emerged during a workshop the two firms held to determine issues facing technologists in...
By Brian Dolan 09:42 am March 16, 2009
AllOne Mobile announced today that it's mobile EHR offering is now available to more than 400,000 potential users thanks to two recent deals. The company inked a deal with Significa Insurance Group (Significa) and Erin Group Administrators (EGA). Significa and EGA members can now securely view, manage and exchange their health care information with physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and other...
By Brian Dolan 05:47 am March 16, 2009
Visa announced a deal with Preferred Health Technology to use Visa's brand to drive uptake of PHT's A-Claim payments system at insurers and hospitals. A study of 387 ethnically and racially diverse individuals with diabetes found that home telemonitoring resulted in significantly fewer deaths than in a control group.  On the importance of recognizing patients are looking for a transformational...
By Brian Dolan 04:50 am March 16, 2009
Ed Bennet, hospital web manager at the University of Maryland Medical System has kept a running list of social media accounts managed by U.S. hospitals for some time now--his most recent update tracks the popularity of YouTube accounts vs. Twitter accounts. Bennet notes that it took 26 months for hospitals in the U.S. to rack up 100 accounts for the service, while Twitter has only taken about 17...

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