iPhone video consults, more mobile health news

By: Brian Dolan | Jul 9, 2010        

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123AAAFacetimeText4Baby partnership base continues to expand: Health Net Federal Services, a government contracting group within parent company Health Net, has built on its partnership with Text4Baby, a free mobile text messaging service for pregnant women and new moms from pregnancy through a baby’s first year. HealthNet is now promoting text4baby to United States service members, active duty and retired, and their family members in 23 states throughout the US. More

US iPhone FaceTime for physician-physician video consults: While doctors in the UK and Ireland have already announced plans to leverage the iPhone 4′s new video calling service for patient consultations, at least one pair of physicians in the US have used it for physician-to-physician consultations. The Cult of Mac reports: “In what may be the first documented iPhone 4 medical video consultation, University of Arizona surgeon David G. Armstrong, connected via FaceTime to give with Los Angeles Surgeon Lee Rogers’ a look at a patient who had undergone foot reconstruction at the University’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance.” More

iPad software for home health orgs: Kinnser announced that home health agencies using its online software solutions can now use Apple’s iPad for point of care documentation and coordination. More

Sana mobile health platform heading to India for trial: Still to be proven whether the information can be used by doctors to create an actual diagnosis, according to one academic: “In terms of the information that the phone can gather and send over the internet, I mean it can send a lot more information now. For me its, its for me still to be proven that the actual information can be used by doctors to create an accurate diagnosis and then send back to the patient or the one, the nurse or the health worker who gathered the information.” More

Botswana Orange teams with ClickDiagnostics: In Botswana, mobile carrier Orange is teaming up with US-based ClickDiagnostics for a mobile phone-based remote diagnosis system. The Botswana Gazette reports: “A junior doctor or nurse in a rural clinic can capture patient information and associated images on the phone and send them to a medical specialist in Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone or the United States of America.” More

Android is the fastest growing smartphone platform: Google’s Android may not be the most popular smartphone platform (BlackBerry is) but Android is the fastest growing, according to a recent survey conducted by ComScore. In fact, Android is the only smartphone platform that saw increased uptake between February and May this year. The others lost marketshare:

Smartphone Platform Marketshare ComScore