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By Brian Dolan 02:28 pm September 2, 2009
"We took all the necessary precautions. Like, we really did. It wasn't like I was licking the handlebars of the bus or anything," she said. "I was hand sanitizing. I was being very careful. I don't know how this happened." Such were the sentiments of one frustrated college freshman after she contracted H1N1 during her first few days of being a student at the University of Kansas. As of this past...
By Brian Dolan 05:50 am August 17, 2009
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a great post over at Health Populi on a recent survey conducted by IBM that uncovers some stats about patients' relationships and attitudes toward primary care doctors, proactive healthcare and its associated costs. IBM's survey found that the number one reason why Americans deter proactive health care is cost and that goes for the insured, uninsured, employed and...
By Brian Dolan 09:14 pm July 27, 2009
The Wireless Health or WiHealth event kicked off in Boston yesterday with a keynote presented by Janet Marchibroda, IBM's newly appointed Chief Healthcare Officer, and former founding CEO of the eHealth Initiative (eHI). Minutes into her keynote Marchibroda made a bold and seemingly odd statement for a keynoter at an event that is focused is wireless health: "I'm not going to spend time on...
By Brian Dolan 10:03 am May 8, 2009
In the past few months we have given Google Health a hard time for not bringing more functionality from their PHR onto the mobile platform, indeed, there was a time we noted Google Health's mobile strategy was allowing users to print out a copy of their health information and keep it in their wallet. (Seriously.) After a short interview with Google Health Product Manager Roni Zeiger, however, it'...
By Brian Dolan 02:51 pm April 29, 2009
What role can mobile phones play in saving lives during a swine flu outbreak? Three companies in the mHealth industry have spoken out this week about the opportunity mobiles could play in mitigating the risk of a pandemic disease like swine flu. mHealth could help public health officials better collect data, could help slow the spread of the flu through remote monitoring, and could help keep...
By Brian Dolan 06:33 pm April 27, 2009
At a panel session at the American Telemedicine Association event here in Las Vegas, IBM's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Bakalar said that the swine flu pandemic currently facing the U.S., Mexico and other countries would be better managed through home health telemonitoring systems.  "Look at our current situation with swine flu," Bakalar said. "If we were to have a pandemic outbreak of swine...
By Brian Dolan 06:31 am March 19, 2009
The University of Iowa announced that it has successfully piloted a low-cost, green technology for tracking hand hygiene at a hospital. The pilot used Zigbee technology, which is a low-power wireless technology, to track interaction between a small, page-like badge hospital staff carry and a hand hygiene dispenser located outside of patient rooms. Article The North Carolina Biotechnology Center...
By Brian Dolan 11:00 am March 9, 2009
The eHealth Initiative (not to be confused with Boston-based mHealth Initiative) CEO Janet Marchiboda has stepped down to take a job at IBM as their Chief Healthcare Officer. Tom Wiltzius, who is a junior at Stanford University, has won a $6,000 fellowship to fund his FrontlineSMS:Medic program in Balaka district, Malawi. Since most studies show radiation from cell phones is not harmful, ABC News...
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." A recent...
By Brian Dolan 10:48 am February 6, 2009
As of Tuesday Google Health was finally viewable from the mobile phone--now the company is really getting its mobile act together: The Continua Health Alliance, an industry group promoting compatibility between medical devices and online health systems, has teamed up with IBM to develop a set of interface tools for Google Health that will allow wirelessly-enabled medical devices like glucose...