text messaging

By Brian Dolan 06:26 am January 18, 2010
Huntingon Hospital has inked a deal with Sarasota, Florida-based startup Voalte, to equip its nurses and other point of care workers with iPhones that leverage Voalte's voice, alarm, text message communication platform. Voalté (its name comes from Voice, Alarm, Text) enables healthcare workers to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and receive critical care alarms all through their...
By Brian Dolan 01:29 pm January 13, 2010
Wireless continues wireline cannibalization: According to report from the CDC, preliminary results from the January-June 2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes that only use mobile phones (no landlines) continues to increase. Some 22.7 percent of U.S. homes only used mobile phones during the first six months of 2009. That marks an increase of 2.5...
By Brian Dolan 05:50 am December 21, 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers has published a report over the weekend that examines ways by which the healthcare industry might "squeeze" more cost savings our of the system. As you might imagine connected health solutions are a consistent theme throughout much of the report. Here's how it breaks down: Telecommunications service providers: PwC notes that big telecom companies including Verizon, AT&T...
By Brian Dolan 07:47 am November 11, 2009
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has an online database called ClinicalTrials.gov that includes a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials underway or completed. The database currently boasts more than 81,000 clinical trials from some 170 countries. As you might expect a couple dozen of those trials are testing wireless health solutions -- mostly mobile phone...
By Brian Dolan 12:14 pm November 5, 2009
“If we can save one patient from needing another transplant, we’ve saved a life and at least a half-million dollars. The investment is relatively little and the benefit enormous.” Dr. Tamir Miloh, assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The investment? Text message reminders for teenage liver transplant patients. Miloh and his team at Mt. Sinai worked on...
By Brian Dolan 10:20 am September 28, 2009
Last week the key stakeholders in the Text4Baby maternal health initiative met at the White House. The service, which plans to provide free tips to mothers three times a week before their baby's birth, includes reminders to take a multi-vitamin, to get a flu shot, and so on. After the birth, the mother is reminded about vaccinations, and other health issues. When it was originally announced in...
By Brian Dolan 07:44 am September 28, 2009
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a pilot that leverages text messaging to send information about the H1N1 (swine flu) and other health topics. The pilot is a three month long study that will also include feedback surveys from users to help the CDC better use the platform moving forward. Unfortunately, the pilot does not make use of free to end user text messages, so...
By Brian Dolan 06:43 am September 22, 2009
The Hispanic Institute and Mobile Future recently published a study of Hispanic Americans' adoption of mobile technology, and the Huffington Post's Jonathan Spalter concludes that the healthcare industry needs to reach out to the Hispanic population via the mobile platform based on the group's staggering adoption rates of mobile technologies. To wit: More than 50 percent of the U.S. Hispanic...
By Brian Dolan 05:16 am September 22, 2009
FCC's Open Internet threatens telemedicine? A PBS Nightly Business Report yesterday noted that the new FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski's plans for an open Internet could end up stunting growth in telemedicine or wireless health services. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are worried that proposed FCC requirements to treat all web traffic equally will prevent them from effectively managing their...
By Brian Dolan 10:38 am June 30, 2009
Keeping clinicians connected in-house: NetMotion Wireless provides software that maintains security and provides more seamless roaming when mobile users are moving between networks. It also keeps mobile applications up and running should a network disruption occur -- like when entering an elevator, maybe? Today NetMotion Wireless today announced that Wichita Clinic, the largest outpatient multi-...