July 5, 2012
Much has been written in the past few weeks about Congress' efforts to put its mark on the FDA's regulation of mobile medical apps. I was curious how this issue of 510(k) clearance for mobile apps became a topic of interest for Congress. The FDA published its draft guidance a year ago now. After hundreds of companies weighed in with their thoughts on the document, the industry widely expects a...
June 19, 2012
This week Aetna launched an iPad-specific version of its iTriage app, which it acquired for an undisclosed sum last year. The iTriage app aims to help its users determine what medical condition they might have and where they might choose to go for treatment. More recently the app gave its users the ability to book appointments with select doctors right from their mobile devices.
Like most iOS...
June 14, 2012
According to a recent report by Kalorama Information, the market for mobile healthcare software apps was worth about $150 million in 2011. Previous studies from the research firm in years past have pegged the market at $41 million in 2009 and $84.1 million in 2010. As we wrote in 2010, the year-over-year growth in professional medical app revenues at that time more than doubled. As the $150...
June 12, 2012
At Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference this week in Cupertino, California, CEO Tim Cook noted that the company now had 650,000 apps available for iOS devices, with 225,000 specifically designed for the iPad. To date, some 30 billion apps have been downloaded, Cook said, and Apple has paid developers $5 billion since it launched the AppStore a few years ago.
After running through the...
April 23, 2012
A recent survey of 971 physicians found that about 74 percent already own or plan to buy an iPad in the next six months. The survey, called the April 2012 Joint Survey of Physician Digital Behavior, was conducted by virtual event platform provider ON24 and MedData Group.
Of the physicians surveyed, some 45 percent currently owned an iPad and about 52 percent were already iPhone users. About 10...
March 21, 2012
The iPad can't administer a lifesaving electrical jolt to the heart – yet – but a new app teaches people how to do so with the help of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Croatian emergency physician Ivor Kovic and his company, Ivor Medical, recently released the AED Trainer app, which simulates operation of an actual AED, the portable device that allows medical professionals, emergency...
March 19, 2012
Maybe iPads aren't so bad after all acting as Citrix terminals for mobile EHR access.
Unlike in the failed, much-publicized, small-scale trial at Seattle Children's Hospital last year, medical residents and interns in internal medicine at the University of Chicago felt more efficient when carrying iPads around the hospital, according to new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine...
March 14, 2012
Don't look now, but there's another report raising safety issues about electronic medical records – and this one is focused squarely on mobile devices.
Remember the problems Seattle Children's Hospital had with trying to run its Cerner EMR, built for full-size PC monitors, on iPads? The hospital tried to use the iPad as a Citrix terminal emulator, so the handful of physicians and nurses involved...
February 29, 2012
In its quarterly investor call yesterday, Epocrates interim president and CEO Peter Brandt announced that the company has decided to back away from its EHR initiative to re-focus on its core products, namely pharma-supported, mobile clinical apps that physicians use at the point of care. Epocrates' physician user base stands at 340,000 users, according to the company. Brandt said the company "...
January 3, 2012
AirStrip Technologies announced that it has received CE Mark certification to bring its mobile patient monitoring apps to Europe and other markets that recognize the CE Mark. AirStrip enables medical professionals to use their smartphones to gain access to vital signs, critical waveform data and other clinical information, which is sent directly from the hospital and can be viewed from virtually...