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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...
By Brian Dolan 10:26 am March 13, 2009
Since 2006 Cisco has helped power an mHealth program in Kenya that equips doctors with PDAs or cell phones to record data and access information for a variety of medical conditions, including possible treatments outlined in easy-to-use flowcharts. Here's a quick overview of the program from Business Daily Africa. medGadget reports on IBM's Web-based "radiology theater" that lets physicians...
By Brian Dolan 07:15 am March 13, 2009
Here's a video (via MobileActive.org) that showcases Nokia's Data Gathering application for the E71. The video shows the Amazonas' State Health Department in Brazil using the devices and application to monitor and treat outbreaks of dengue fever. In developing markets one of the key problems for caregivers and public health workers is recording and managing data collection on health issues for...
By Brian Dolan 06:28 am March 13, 2009
The FDA has cleared GE Healthcare's ECG solution, called the portable MAC 800, which the company says is based on cell phone technology. The device was originally introduced into China's market last year and will become commercially available in the US during the second quarter. The device includes the keypad of a mobile phone and a full-size color display, which both help doctors or other...
By Brian Dolan 01:19 pm March 12, 2009
In case anyone missed it, Apple announced that it will reveal iPhone OS 3.0 next week. Be sure to tune in Tuesday and I'll break down how the newest version of the iPhone operating system could affect potential and existing mHealth applications. While many are hoping for simple functionalities like "copy&paste" to be finally supported, there is some talk of the iPhone finally enabling...
By Brian Dolan 07:21 am March 12, 2009
John Halamka, MD, MS, the CIO of CareGroup Health System and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, has cut the cord and no longer has a landline phone. Halamka wrote a post about going all mobile over at his blog Life as a Healthcare CIO. Halamka is also Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician. This is a puff piece,...
By Brian Dolan 06:13 am March 12, 2009
Two Bluetooth powered cardiac monitoring devices made news today--and their approaches couldn't be further from each other. Also of note: Bluetooth is the wireless standard the Continua Alliance is working to make standard for wireless health devices. Vital Jacket: Vibrating T-Shirt monitors ECG Chile-based BioDevices has been featured in a number of places this week for its Vital Jacket product...
By Brian Dolan 05:15 am March 12, 2009
April is a big month for wireless medicine events and the mobihealthnews team will be at all the big ones: CTIA Wireless, BodyNets09, HIMSS, World Healthcare Congress, Health 2.0 and ATA 2009. If you'll be attending any of these events and would like to meet up, be sure to send me an email. If you'll be at CTIA Wireless, don't miss the session I helped put together on wireless medicine... details...
By Brian Dolan 11:28 am March 11, 2009
American Public Media's Marketplace radio program had a quick piece on wireless medicine recently that included interviews with a number of doctors. Leslie Saxon, head of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Southern California, said during the program that she would guess there nearly a "half million patients with networked-implanted devices" like wirelessly-connected heart monitors.  "[...

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