Amcom update supports Cisco Cius

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 17, 2011        

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AmcomAmcom announced this week an update to their Amcom Mobile Connect software, which now supports Cisco wireless IP phones and Cius tablets in addition to BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android smartphones. The mobile application allows clinicians and administrators to send encrypted messages of high importance, including code calls, to distinguish them from less-important SMS messages and calls.

New features include two-way messaging with full message traceability to Cisco Unified Wireless IP phones and the new Cisco Cius tablet, as well as multiple language support (Spanish, French, Italian, and German).

“We continue our development focus on this popular product and are evolving its capabilities based on new devices in the market and input from our growing list of customers,” stated Chris Heim, President, Amcom Software in a press release. “Adding Cisco wireless IP phone and tablet support broadens the ways this powerful system can be used in hospitals to support a variety of staff.” Amcom was acquired by USA Mobility last March for $163.3M.

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Quantia releases diabetes coaching app

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 17, 2011        

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DailyCoachQuantia announced this week the release of DailyCoach, a fitness coaching app for its QuantiaCare platform. The app, a free download for iOS and Android, is a collaboration with Gary Scheiner, founder of Integrated Diabetes Services, which focuses on intensive blood glucose control and lifestyle intervention for diabetics. QuantiaCare is a collection of mobile and web-based health management and assessment tools.

The app is intended for those with diabetes (or at risk) and patients with cardiovascular conditions or obesity issues. It was designed based on input from  a 1,000-patient study done from members on QuantiaCare, in which half of the respondents felt that exercise and weight loss were the most difficult issues in managing diabetes.The app’s features include activity coaching, a weight tracker, pharmacy and health professional locator, as well as the ability to send summary reports via fax or email to a physician. Physicians can  also recommend using DailyCoach to their patients within the app’s interface. QuantiaMD undertook a survey in June in which 1 in 4 MDs said they owned both a smartphone and tablet, while thirty percent of physicians polled owned only a smartphone.

Michael Paskavitz, Editor in Chief of Quantia, stated in a press release that “We recently conducted a study of our physician members and found that, on average, they felt patients were only about 30% adherent to diet and exercise regimens. By giving our physicians the ability to share DailyCoach with their patients, as well as get results back from them, we are reducing mutual access barriers between doctor and patient within the time constraints of the physician and the lifestyle barriers for their patients.”

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Kvedar: Collaborative environment vital to mHealth

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 17, 2011        

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Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Center for Connected HealthPatients knowing that their health care provider is regularly reviewing their individual results dramatically improves adherence to wellness programs, according to a recent post by Dr. Joseph Kvedar of the Center for Connected Health (CCH) on their cHealth blog. However, Kvedar adds that the increasing use of biometric sensors to provide personal health data to patients needs to be combined with a collaborative environment between patient and physician to be truly effective.

Citing findings from a recent focus group of diabetic patients at the CCH, Kvedar explains that they were much more likely to regularly record their diet and exercise info along with glucose readings if they knew their health care provider would regularly view the data and offer guidance. Further, Kvedar explains that heart failure patients reported that having a nurse check in on their weight increases would help motivate them to more closely monitor their salt intake and fluid restriction.

“Imagine a discussion with your doctor or nurse at your regular office visit. Instead of asking you about your weight, or your recent exercise level, the health professional looks at a screen and begins a dialogue with you about how adherent you have or haven’t been to the care plan you agreed on,” Kvedar wrote. “Scary thought? Nowhere to hide? Perhaps, but once you have embraced the need for certain health behavior changes, these tools promote an honest dialogue with your provider.”

Last January, Kvedar wrote about how health sensors are improving but not yet elegant. He spoke to MobiHealthNews in 2009 about the future of text messaging in healthcare.

You can read Kvedar’s blog post here.

By 2016: Healthcare WiFi market to hit $1.3B

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 16, 2011        

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ABI ResearchThe market for Wi-Fi healthcare services will grow to $1.34 billion by 2016, according to a new report by ABI Research. The report, “Wireless Technologies in Professional Healthcare,” examines the expanding size of the global market for Wi-Fi hardware and services.

According to ABI Research, Voice over Wi-Fi and RTLS (real-time location systems) will be joined by “medical body area networks” (MBANs), which utilize Wi-Fi in mobile monitoring devices. Nearly 30 million healthcare MBAN devices are expected to be globally shipped, annually, by 2016. The report also covers the growing market for WiFi-embedded consumer devices, such as offerings from BodyMedia and Fitbit, which will increasingly make their way into professional settings. In June, ABI released a report stating that wearable wireless sensors for fitness and wellbeing will surpass 80 million devices by 2016.

“ABI Research expects the number of smartphone and handheld computing devices leveraging professional healthcare Wi-Fi networks to grow by close to 20% in this market in 2011,” stated ABI principal analyst Jonathan Collins, in a press release. Last year, ABI stated that WiFi adoption in healthcare increased sixty percent within a twelve month period.

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Partnership will bring iTriage into 180 new hospitals

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 16, 2011        

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iTriageHealthagen, developer of iOS app iTriage, announced this week that it is partnering with the emergency staffing and management firm Schumacher Group to integrate iTriage into the more than 180 hospitals the group services in 24 states. The partnership coincides with a major version update for the free app.

Designed and developed by two Denver-based ER doctors, iTriage aims to help consumers make better healthcare decisions by providing relevant medical info, transparency around quality, and info and access to local healthcare facilities. The newest version of the app includes over 1,000 medication listings, as well as an updated provider search function. Last February, Healthagen acquired AppointmentCity, a mobile-enabled service that helps consumers more easily book appointments at hospitals, urgent care facilities, physicians’ offices.

“With smartphone adoption predicted to hit 50% this year, mobile technologies are providing a new interactive channel between medical providers and patients,” stated Schumacher Group CEO William C. Schumacher in a press release. “We value technologies that can make a difference in patient engagement and have committed to providing these technologies to our hospital clients as a complimentary service.”

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Socket unveils Bluetooth barcode scanner accessory

By: Chris Gullo | Aug 15, 2011        

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socketmobileSocket Mobile announced this week the availability of its latest Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7, a barcode scanner with medical applications which has been Apple-certified as a “Made for iPad, iPhone, iPod” accessory.

One product in the line, the CHS 7XiRx, features antimicrobial coating for medical settings. The scanner can scan barcode information directly into apps on iOS and Android devices. It can also read barcode information directly off of smartphone and tablet screens.

“This is the best performing barcode scanner for developers who are creating applications incorporating barcode scanning for the Apple iOS,” stated Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile, in a press release. “There are numerous applications that stand to benefit from barcode scanning in a range of vertical markets, and we believe the CHS 7Xi provides the Apple developer community with a level of control and data integrity that didn’t exist previously.”

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