Tags: mobile phones | nurses | SSM Health Care | wireless health |
Today’s nurses are indeed mobile, as one hospital system recently learned the hard way:
SSM Health Care, a St. Louis-based hospital system has agreed to pay $1.7 million in back pay to nurses who had time deducted from their pay during meals despite whether or not they worked via their mobile phones, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The U.S. Department of Labor found that the hospital owed the nurses the back pay following an investigation by the agency. The back pay was distributed among 4,000 affected employees.
“SSM said in a statement that some nurses carried hospital-provided wireless phones while on meal breaks, accepted calls and did not report worked time, even though SSM policy states phones are not to be carried during meal breaks,” according to the AP report.
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Tags: AllScripts | Allscripts Remote | BlackBerry | iPhone | medical smartphone apps |
Allscripts Remote, which enables physicians to access and control an Allscripts Electronic Health Records (EHR) directly from their smartphones, is now available on BlackBerry devices. Allscripts launched Remote at the HIMSS event in Chicago this past spring — up until now the Allscripts Remote application was only available for iPhone (pictured, left) and iPod touch users. The company also promised to launch Allscripts Remote for Windows Mobile devices by year-end.
According to the release, the Allscripts Remote application enables physicians to “safely make critical medical decisions even when they are away from the office, with all relevant information available on the one device they keep closest – their phone.” The new applications works with both the Allscripts Enterprise and Professional Electronic Health Records. The application’s capabilities include access to real-time patient summary information, communication to local hospital emergency rooms, ePrescribing, and real-time access to other information, including medical history, lab results and medications.
Interestingly, when Allscripts originally launched Remote, they seemed to explain why they chose to launch with the iPhone: “Just as the Blackberry was designed to maximize email access, so Allscripts remote takes advantage of iPhone graphical capabilities to provide fast, easy access to the Electronic Health Record.” Keep reading>>
Tags: .406 Ventures | Forrester Research | remote patient monitoring | Valhalla Partners | WellAware Systems | wireless sensors |
WellAware Systems, which develops wellness monitoring solutions for senior care providers, secured $7.5 million in venture capital from Valhalla Partners and .406 Ventures.
WellAware’s monitoring system consists of an array of wireless sensors placed throughout the senior’s home — these sensors capture data that is then communicated wirelessly through the cloud to the WellAware database. WellAware can then automatically generate alerts via email, page or text message in the event of a possible emergency. If for example the impact and motion sensors detect data that indicates a possible debilitating fall, WellAware would alert caregivers. Similarly, if the motion and temperature sensor detects data above a certain threshold while the stove is unattended, WellAware would alert a caregiver. Other sensors include humidity sensor, bed sensor and a door sensor among others. The patient also has a mobile personal emergency response system (PERS) medallion to push in order to call for help, too. Keep reading>>
Tags: AT&T | datamonitor | EHR | EMR | iPhone medical apps | mhealth | mLife | Ovum | RFID |
By Christine Chang, Healthcare Technology Analyst, Ovum
mHealth: The Buzzword of 2009
The 2009 healthcare technology buzzword was ‘mHealth,’ or mobile health. Ovum has seen a moderate, but steadily increasing interest in mobile health over the year as the phrase began appearing with increasing frequency in the media and at conferences. Unlike the last healthcare IT buzzword, real time radio frequency identification (RFID), a type of mobile health technology which reached a ‘craze’ and then a subsequent ‘fizzle,’ Ovum does not expect the mobile health trend to end. But like all buzzwords, some of the excitement is hype, while other aspects ring true.
Without a doubt, healthcare is going mobile. In an industry where just over a decade ago, cell phone use was essentially banned within hospitals and physician offices, mobile technologies seem to be the one area where adoption of healthcare IT faces less end-user adoption barriers. While there are still challenges to adoption, including emerging applications and resistance from IT departments, end users are clamoring for devices because they make the lives of clinicians easier. The convenience mobile devices offer is simply too compelling. However, Ovum believes this phenomenon is not unique to healthcare. In fact, it is a simple ripple effect of what is happening in the consumer market in general and is an activity reflected in many other verticals such as banking and government. Though, Ovum does concede that they are aspects of mobility that are unique to healthcare.
The Hype: That mHealth is its own special entity Keep reading>>
Tags: AllOne Mobile | Diversinet | HSA | U.S. Army | wounded warriors |
Diversinet, a secure mobile application platform company, has announced plans to renegotiate its agreement with mobile health partner AllOne, which is a subsidiary of AllOne Health. For the record, AllOne Health is, in turn, a subsidiary of Hospital Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HSA).
Among other things, Diversinet provides security and encryption for AllOne mobile users’s health information and also enables the software to run across a number of mobile platforms. While no time table has been established for the conclusion of negotiations, the companies have assured existing and potential customers that they will continue to work together while they attempt to rejigger their agreement.
Following an investment in 2007, AllOne’s parent company owns a 15 percent stake in Diversinet. Last September, the two companies inked a five-year agreement that entitled AllOne to exclusive use of certain Diversinet technology in the personal health market. Here’s more on the specifics of that agreement, including the key financial metrics involved: Keep reading>>
Tags: AT&T | Blue Cross Blue Shield | Frost & Sullivan | reimbursement | smart slippers | wireless carriers | wireless health |
“These days, everybody is talking about medical care: Who gets it? Who pays for it? Who decides?” Robert Miller, executive director of technical research at AT&T, told the Star Ledger in a recent interview. Miller is a veteran of the wireless carrier’s research labs. “But few people are working on a technology solution that would lower costs and make medical care better at the same time.”
According to the Star Ledger report, AT&T’s scientists have been developing prototype connected health products for the past year, in an effort to make everyday household items “part of the network cloud.” As we reported earlier in the year, Miller and his team want to connect thermometers, scales, blood pressure cuffs and other “old technology” along with wireless radios to leverage WiFi networks and Bluetooth interoperability for connected medical devices.
That includes slippers.
Called “smart slippers,” they have pressure sensors embedded in their soles to transmit foot movement data over AT&T’s network. If something is amiss in an elderly patient’s gait, the device will alert a doctor via e-mail or text message, possibly preventing a fall and a costly trip to the emergency room, Miller said.
AT&T had announced a pilot this past May with Texas Instruments and start-up 24Eight to test the start-ups “smart inner soles.” While the Star Ledger report does not mention 24Eight, chances are that’s the technology powering the new consumer product prototype.
While AT&T would not comment on potential pricing models for “smart slippers” and similar products, Frost & Sullivan research analyst Zachary Bujnoch said costs can run up to $100 per month for each patient.
So, who pays? Keep reading>>