SMS

By  Brian Dolan 06:28 am March 13, 2009
The FDA has cleared GE Healthcare's ECG solution, called the portable MAC 800, which the company says is based on cell phone technology. The device was originally introduced into China's market last year and will become commercially available in the US during the second quarter. The device includes the keypad of a mobile phone and a full-size color display, which both help doctors or other...
By  Brian Dolan 08:52 am March 11, 2009
Mobile text messaging service provider, Clickatell formally announced its partnership with AllOne Mobile and the U.S. Military to provide text message-based communications for injured soldiers who recently returned home with serious injuries. "Giving soldiers the option of real time, direct, two-way encrypted communications with their health care worker via their mobile phone is a real benefit to...
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. The kiosk's raison d'être is to bring relief to the overburdened healthcare system, streamline check-...
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...
By  Brian Dolan 07:19 am February 18, 2009
  Justin Goforth, Whitman-Walker Clinic There's no doubt that the Obama administration is looking to embrace technology to better the healthcare system, mobile technologies included. The AIDS.gov site has continued their ongoing four part series on using text messaging for appointment and medication reminders: This week's post focuses on cost. (Previous posts focused on the why and how of text...
By  Brian Dolan 08:49 am February 9, 2009
A recent reader comment about SMS security and reliability issues, dovetails nicely with the presentation that Barbara Rapchak, CEO of Leap of Faith Technologies gave last week at the TEPR conference in Palm Springs. Her company conducted a medicine compliance pilot study that sent text messages reminding users to take their medication on-time--but the texts were not sent over a wireless carrier'...
By  Brian Dolan 11:07 am February 6, 2009
During the final presentations at an mHealth Workshop at TEPR this week, Barry Greene, President & CEO, Libertas.md & Med Practice Informatics outlined the return on investment for deploying a simple text message-based communications tool in a hypothetical one doctor practice. Greene showed significant costs saving and revenue boosting opportunities can be leveraged by using text messages...
By  Brian Dolan 07:27 pm February 3, 2009
During the second morning session of the mHealth track at TEPR today, Kaiser Permanente's Manager of Solution Consulting Nardo Manaloto outlined best practices for using text messages to send appointment reminders to patients. Manaloto recently completed a successful trial of such reminders at one of Kaiser's clinics. KP teamed up with text messaging application service provider Mobilestorm to...