Tags: HIMSS | Merge Healthcare | Sprint | WellDoc | wireless healthcare |
In Atlanta this week wireless really was everywhere. The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2010 offered free WiFi service to all its attendees and it worked (almost) everywhere. Nearly every major electronic health records (EHR) vendor had a smartphone strategy announcement or at least one in their back pocket. Thanks to the smartphone buzz, applications that were once desktop only, like Merge Healthcare’s eFilm, launched smartphone applications at HIMSS. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse kicked off the event with an overview of the opportunities wireless technologies present when applied to the healthcare industry.
Hesse’s keynote pushed the typical conversation at HIMSS beyond not just its technological comfort zone but also beyond the real of healthcare information management systems and into opportunities around mobile phone enabled chronic care management. Hesse presented close to a dozen examples for wireless health applications — from Welldoc’s virtual coaching system for chronic disease management to live streaming Blu-Ray quality video feeds to 4G smartphones. Hesse noted that stepping into a hospital these days is like stepping back to the 1970s — but wireless could help healthcare catch up from its time lag. Keep reading>>
Tags: HIMSS | iPad | Motion Computing | Panasonic | tablets |
Panasonic launches Toughbook C1 for healthcare industry
At the HIMSS event in Atlanta this week, Panasonic debuted its new 12.1-inch Toughbook C1 convertible tablet, which can withstand a 30-inch drop. The 3.2 pound device runs for five hours on one battery, but can double battery life by adding an additional battery that brings the weight up to 3.5 pounds. The C1 offers a multi-touch screen for fingers and stylus pen data input. The design also includes a new triple hinge design that makes use of two for opening and closing the notebook and a third, separate on enables the device’s screen to swivel around from the center. Panasonic says the three hinges will improve that part of the device’s durability.
Wireless and mobility in general is becoming a bigger and bigger theme at HIMSS every year, according to Panasonic’s Senior Developer Manager Greg Davidson.
“WiFi is a given for our devices,” Davidson said, “but everyone is carrying around cellular data cards, which are easy to lose or liable to break. Our customers are asking for cellular built-in to their devices more and more. They are beginning to see the value of it. Of all our customer groups, though, healthcare is the one with more workers using Toughbooks inside buildings. All the mobility but it’s mostly being used indoors. Overall, customers are getting savvier in terms of mobility options. The iPad and other things are getting the industry to talk more about mobility and helping them to understand the benefits of having their data with them no matter where they go — the patient’s bedside, a regional clinic, their car, at home or at the grocery store. The more places they can access the data, the more productive they will be and the better decisions they will make.” Keep reading>>
Tags: iPhone health apps | iPhone medical apps | Manhattan Research | physician smartphone apps | smartphone medical apps |
Manhattan Research’s metrics around physician uptake of smartphones have become industry standard: According to their last report, more than two-thirds of physicians are using smartphones today and by 2012 some 81 percent will be using smartphones devices. Manhattan compiled a new report, largely pulling from the data from last year’s to analyze how physicians are using their mobile phones — to access clinical content and perform quick tasks.
Judging by MobiHealthNews own separate research into the types of apps available for healthcare professionals within various smartphones’ application stores, medical reference and medical calculator apps are among the most numerous apps available on the market today. (For more from MobiHealthNews paid research report, The World of Health and Medical Apps, visit our research site here.)
Manhattan believes that by 2012 and once smartphone penetration among physicians has reached 81 percent, about half of those physicians will use their smartphones for administrative functions, learning, and patient care.
Within the medical reference app category that MobiHealthNews’ research pulled together from various app stores, one of the largest subcategories was medical reference materials for medical students. Administrative function applications are not nearly as popular as medical reference apps and if Manhattan’s prediction is true, then there is still a big opportunity to provide admin related apps to healthcare professionals through app stores. Keep reading>>
Tags: 3G | HIMSS | medical history | mhealth | Nuvon | VeriWave | Verizon Wireless | WiFi | wireless health | xrays |
Verizon Wireless looks to enable point of care apps for mobile: “To give patients the best care possible, healthcare organizations must run efficiently, and real-time wireless communication is a powerful tool for meeting that challenge,” John Maschenic, director of healthcare enterprise solutions for Verizon Wireless stated in a company release. “Mobile technology puts health information – whether it’s lab results, X-rays, patient medical history or prescription drug information – in the hands of clinicians when it’s needed, and Verizon Wireless proudly provides the nation’s most reliable 3G network to support access to this critical data.” More
Nuvon looks to biomedical data collection and access from anywhere: Nuvon is touting a “mobile” offering at HIMSS called the IDM-MG 1000, which aims “to collect and present critical biomedical device data anywhere.” More
Ensuring WiFi for connected medical devices: VeriWave, a company that ensures WiFi performance, announced a new testing offering: Mobile Healthcare Test Suite for healthcare professionals and developers of WiFi-enabled medical devices to ensure user satisfaction, network reliability and overall readiness for mobility. VeriWave notes that care facilities are increasingly using WiFi to connect laptops, smartphones, patient monitors, infusion pumps, video cameras and asset tracking devices. More
Tags: FDA | HealthVault | Microsoft | PHR |
For the past two years, Microsoft’s HealthVault group has been busily assembling a suite of personal medical devices that connect to its personal health information platform. Just this week the FDA’s top medical device reviewer, Donna-Bea Tillman, announced her plans to step down in order to take a position with Microsoft’s regulatory and policy group, according to a report from the Associated Press. Tillman’s official position was director of the Office of Device Evaluation. She plans to leave the FDA this month to join Microsoft’s Washington D.C. office.
Tillman has worked at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health for more than 15 years.
The FDA has been paying close attention to the emerging wireless health and more generally connected health market. Tillman’s insights will serve Microsoft with key regulatory insights for their US market.
For more, read the AP report.
Tags: blood pressure | cholesterol | Diabetes | Express Scripts | Glowcap | heart failure | medication adherence | Vitality |
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, St. Louis-based pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts is set to launch a national pilot for Vitality’s GlowCap pill reminder device. We have written about GlowCap before, but the WSJ has a concise description of the medication adherence offering:
“The container—actually a high-tech top for a standard pill bottle called a “GlowCap”—is equipped with a wireless transmitter that plugs into the wall. When it is time for a dose of medicine, the GlowCap emits a pulsing orange light; after an hour, the gadget starts beeping every five minutes, in arpeggios that become more complicated and insistent. After that, the device can set off an automated telephone or text message reminder to patients who fail to take their pills. It also can generate email or letters reporting to a family member or doctor how often the medication is taken,” according to the report.
Express Scripts plans to begin a small version of the pilot in about a month’s time and will launch a larger trial focused on drugs related to cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart failure during the summer months. Express Scripts notes that while the trial’s purpose is to determine the efficacy of GlowCap’s reminder service, the companies are also eager to learn more about how patients take medication and why they fail to take it at times.
For more on the program, read this WSJ article