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By  Brian Dolan 07:03 am March 2, 2009
Apple's iTunes App Store for the iPhone isn't the only applications store for mobile devices these days: Google already has the Android Marketplace for phones running on its operating software and others are looking to launch stores: Nokia's Ovi Apps Store for Symbian, RIM's BlackBerry Apps Storefront, Microsoft SkyMarket for Windows Mobile, and Palm's webOS Software Store fo
By  Brian Dolan 06:40 am March 2, 2009
Just for fun since it's Monday morning: Here's a "preview" video from Microsoft that captures some of their visions for the connected future--check out the scene with the doctor using some incredibly thin mobile clinical assistant for the mHealth angle--but note the extreme focus on user interface. Design is an incredibly important key toward driving adoption.
By  Brian Dolan 05:06 am March 2, 2009
It's being billed as the ATM for the healthcare industry: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is developing a computerized kiosk that can take a patient's medical history, weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs as well as simple blood tests including glucose and cholesterol tests.
By  Brian Dolan 06:34 pm February 28, 2009
Looks like our original post on this was spot on: According to most major media outlets, President Obama has tapped Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of Health and Human Services. The official announcement is expected to take place Monday.
By  Brian Dolan 06:39 am February 27, 2009
Here's yet another video, this time from BNET.tv, that profiles a primary care physician who makes use of a mobile tablet and other health IT to enable better and more efficient care for his patients. Dr. John Selle in San Francisco says he can pull up lab results, x-rays and even quickly search the Internet should he need to find an answer to a question while in the examining room. Dr. Selle has...
By  Brian Dolan 06:10 am February 27, 2009
According to this Red Herring article, IBM has kicked-off a health IT "gold rush" by announcing four major deals with hospitals it already had prior agreements with. The $19B in the stimulus bill is the obvious cause for this so-called "gold rush" in health IT but read on for more on RH's take on what's next for the "ultra-individualistic and IT tech-resistant health care industry."
By  Brian Dolan 08:29 am February 26, 2009
That was quick. I just get finished ranting about how the healthcare industry needs to appreciate (and use) the current doctor-centric iPhone applications already available in the AppStore, and now I discover this: A great video interview just published over at FastCompany.tv in which Stanford University Doctor Andrew Newman explains how and why he uses Epocrates' iPhone application in his...
By  Brian Dolan 05:01 am February 26, 2009
A rep from Kaiser Permanente captured the sentiment earlier this month when he said: It's easy to see how far behind the healthcare industry is on adopting technologies when a pilot using text messaging is labeled "innovation."
By  Brian Dolan 12:50 pm February 25, 2009
A UK nanotech company reportedly developed a mobile phone prototype with Nokia that can detect various diseases or medical conditions from a user's breath. The company, Applied Nanodetectors, claims the device can detect asthma, diabetes, lung cancer, breath odor, breath alcohol concentration and a certain type of food poisoning, according to Nikkei Electronics.
By  Brian Dolan 07:55 am February 25, 2009
The AIDS.gov site, which is a joint effort put together by a number of federal agencies and programs involved in AIDS prevention, research, testing and treatment, has published its fourth and final post on using text messages for HIV appointment and medication reminders (but most of the advice works for any implementation of text message reminders in healthcare settings.) Here's a quick run-down...