June 5, 2013
When MobiHealthNews spoke with Boston Children's Hospital's chief innovation officer Naomi Fried in March, she stressed the need for more apps that integrate with hospital systems. Fried mentioned an app, winner of the hospital's FastTrack Innovation in Technology award, being piloted at the hospital for inpatient engagement.
The app, called MyPassport, has now nearly finished its pilot phase and...
May 30, 2013
Polar, the longtime makers of heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, has launched a Bluetooth Smart-enabled, iPhone-connected activity tracker. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is a small device that clips to the shoe and tracks stride-length, speed, running cadence, and distance.
Activity tracker maker Fitbit notably uses Bluetooth Smart in its devices, but while Fitbit is geared...
May 13, 2013
Over the last three years, tablets have taken the world of healthcare by storm. Manhattan Research's "Taking the Pulse" survey saw tablet adoption among physicians rising from 30 percent in 2010, to 62 percent in 2011, to 72 percent in 2012. Adoption will continue to ramp up as the opportunities to use tablets in the hospital increase, not just for doctors but for nurses, hospital administrators...
April 2, 2013
New York-Presbyterian Hospital has big plans for PatientTouch, a platform from San Diego-based PatientSafe Solutions, to help mobilize its electronic health record, improve communication among clinicians, coordinate care and close the loop in medication ordering and administration.
It is a huge undertaking for sure, given that NYP actually includes four hospitals in Manhattan and one in suburban...
March 25, 2013
CVS has officially upped the ante in the pharmacy app game. At Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design Conference (HXD2013) in Boston, CVS Caremark Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer announced a new CVS iPad app, just as it hit the AppStore.
"The culture of digital experimentation is something we're taking very seriously," Tilzer told attendees at HXD this afternoon. "It's not a normal app, it's...
March 5, 2013
The inescapable question for Microsoft at HIMSS 2013 is this: How does the company maintain relevance in a mobile ecosystem increasingly dominated by Apple iPhones and iPads? With its Surface Pro tablet, Windows 8 operating system, and Office 365 HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, not to mention a bevy of new app partners, Apple's longtime rival is doing its best to step up to the plate. The company...
February 13, 2013
In 2011, MobiHealthNews reported on an increasing number of medical schools instructing students to use mobile devices, including the University of California Irvine's iMedEd program, where each of the 104 medical students in the class of 2014 received an iPad from the school when they started in 2010. Now the evidence is starting to come in that tablets as an educational tool really make a...
November 15, 2012
Epocrates has finally launched a native iPad version of it's landmark drug information app, up until now a conspicuous and much-discussed omission. The release is part of a larger strategy by CEO Andy Hurd to turn around the struggling company, which posts its second annual loss this year on revenue estimates of about $110 million.
In an October 30 quarterly investor's call, Hurd mentioned data...
December 2, 2011
An Israeli hospital has developed an app for iPads that provides staff, patients, and family members with real-time tracking of progress in catheterization and angioplasty procedures. The Invasive Cardiology Institute at Rabin Medical Center, located in the city Petech Tikvah in central Israel, will use iPads to enable the real-time tracking of the procedures.
The app, which was codeveloped with...
July 20, 2011
There are few places with such a high concentration of conceited, arrogant know-it-alls than Washington, D.C., but Silicon Valley may best even the Beltway gang. I've seen a lot of bluster, a lot of unearned publicity, plenty of buzzwords and, in many cases, little actual success in winning over customers or addressing a real problem in healthcare.
Sure, there are exceptions. With the iPad,...