text messaging

By Brian Dolan 08:22 am June 23, 2009
Kaiser Permanente's Director of Internet Services, Kendra Markle told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in Seattle that "wireless technology is revolutionizing health behavior change tools." These tools can now reach people anytime, including during those moments directly before we make health-related decisions, she said.  These tools can now reach people right when they sit down in...
By Brian Dolan 09:23 am June 5, 2009
Ten percent of Americans believe text messaging is the best way for them to communicate with health insurers, according to the Microsoft Health Engagement Survey 2009, which Kelton Research conducted. The survey concluded that consumers want coaching via email and phones from their healthcare providers to help them improve their own health. 66 percent: Interested in emails from providers for...
By Brian Dolan 07:53 am May 7, 2009
"I think what's missing from a lot of these mobile [health] demos is the patient-doctor interaction," Kaiser Permanente's Ted Eytan said during an interview on the sidelines of the Health 2.0 conference earlier this month. "If my doctor recommended a mobile service and said, 'Hey, I've looked at this and I think it would be useful,' then I'd be more likely to use it." As we have noted in the past...
By Brian Dolan 05:27 am May 6, 2009
Major cities across the U.S. and Canada have recently launched text message-based sex education hotlines in an effort to stem teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto each have automated text message services for frequently asked questions that provide teens with answers and information on local clinics.  The New York Times recently...
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...