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By Healthcare IT News Staff September 8, 2010
Smartphones, telephones such as the iPhone or Blackberry that can run programs and connect to the Internet in addition to their more mundane uses, are increasingly being used as venues for healthcare information technology. According to a recent, nationwide study of more than 100 physicians in acute care and ambulatory environments, 94 percent of physicians interviewed were using smartphones to...
By Chris Anderson September 8, 2010
Joining an ever-growing number of health plans looking to help their members access health information wherever they may roam, Highland has announced the launch of its Highmark HealthHand iPhone application. The app provides members with a host of features, including the ability to find the closest Highmark participating providers including hospitals, urgent care facilities, retail clinics and...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
Imaging apps reviewed for iPad: Dr. Sam Friedman reviewed almost a half dozen imaging apps for iPhone on his son's iPad for an article in Advance. The apps included Merge Healthcare (eFilm Mobile), OsiriX and iCRco Inc. (iClarity), Mobile MIM (MIMvista) and ResolutionMD from Calgary Scientific. "Today's radiology viewing apps are bare-bones programs, with half their code devoted to moving image...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
Study quantifies "healthcare wastefulness" for the first time, according to the study's leads: "Researchers have calculated that more than half of the 354 million doctor visits made each year for acute medical care, like for fevers, stomachaches and coughs, are not with a patient’s primary physician, and that more than a quarter take place in hospital emergency rooms." While mobile health is not...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
Mobile operator Telenor Norway is currently testing aging in place technologies, including wireless-enabled motion sensors and pill boxes, according to a post on the operator's corporate site. The pilot system alerts patients' caregivers so they can intervene and provide assistance when needed. Lilly Ann Stenvold, mHealth researcher at Telenor Corporate Development, has worked on telemedicine...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
Will heart failure sensor startup CardioMEMS be wireless health's first big acquisition target? Medical device maker St. Jude Medical just announced a $60 million equity investment in CardioMEMS, which includes the exclusive option to acquire the startup for $375 million after certain milestones are met. The current investment also grants St. Jude a 19 percent stake in CardioMEMS. Cash flush with...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: St. Jude Medical, Inc. a global medical device company, and privately-held CardioMEMS today announced that they have reached an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will make a $60 million equity investment in CardioMEMS, a medical device company that has developed a wireless sensing and communication technology to assess cardiac performance. The agreement provides St. Jude...
By Brian Dolan September 8, 2010
An article published in the UK's Guardian last week included an unfortunate error -- just because it's intended for physicians, doesn't mean everyone who downloads a particular iPhone medical app is one: "The stethoscope – medical icon, lifesaver and doctor’s best friend – is disappearing from hospitals across the world as physicians increasingly use their smartphones to monitor patients’...
By Molly Merrill September 8, 2010
Three in ten Americans reported they would use their cell or smart phone to track and monitor their personal health, and 40 percent would be willing to pay for a remote monitoring device that sends health information directly to their doctor, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. The findings of the survey and new report entitled Healthcare Unwired were...
By Brian Dolan September 7, 2010
NHS Trusts tap iBleep for wireless remote monitoring: Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom each signed a deal with iBleep for its Hybrid system, which enables on-call doctors with critical patient information transmitted from hospital ward nurses via a wireless network. eHealth Insider Interview with Vocera President and COO Brent Lang on the...

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