Mobile/Wireless

Mobile computing encompasses solutions for mobile devices that allow physicians to manage clinical, financial and administrative information at the point of care. Smartphones, cart computers, iPads and other tablets, ruggedized mobile clinical assistants (MCAs) and laptops are examples of mobile devices commonly used in a clinical setting.

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Here's a thought that should cheer clinical app developers: "99 percent of the greatest ideas in mobile development have not been developed yet." So if you have a terrific idea for an in-house mobile app to make life easier for the physicians at your hospital, go for it.
November 12, 2014
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If you're a provider or payer organization with a great story to tell about a patient engagement program that has improved care and reduced costs, here's your chance to share that success -- and learn from your peers.
November 12, 2014
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New data suggests adoption of electronic health records is poised to save the healthcare industry some serious money over the next five years, as the systems are crucial in supporting infrastructure for a wide range of digital healthcare and mHealth projects.
November 11, 2014
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Despite widespread skepticism about the efficacy of many health apps, some evidence is emerging that they might actually work. At least some of them.
November 11, 2014
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Sentrian, which bills itself as "the remote patient intelligence company," launched today with a roster of industry leaders at the helm, $12 million in seed money, a focus on chronic disease and the goal of eliminating all preventable hospital admissions.
November 10, 2014
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The Nov. 4 midterm elections were a statement, to be sure, with Republicans wresting control of the Senate away from Democrats and expanding their lead in the House of Representatives. But what will this new political landscape mean for mobile and telehealth moving forward these next two years?
November 6, 2014
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Not long ago, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania launched a program setting up residents, faculty physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other clinicians with mobile devices. The hope was to enable better communication among care teams. The pilot was so successful that caregivers say they don’t want to see it end.
November 5, 2014
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In an on-demand culture, Americans want convenience and will pay for it -- even when it comes to healthcare. Pager, a New York City-based company that calls itself "urgent care on wheels," is using an app to help patients in Manhattan and Brooklyn get house calls from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
November 5, 2014
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Gamification still hasn't caught on in healthcare the way many think it should. One problem? Game designers are forgetting the human aspects. Case in point: How many healthcare games or apps have an avatar? Very few. That personal element is critical to engaging people, says one expert.
November 5, 2014
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An enduring fallacy in consumer-centered mHealth is that a device's success in the market comes down to the whims of the wearer. But that's only half the battle. If a wearable device isn't collecting information that a healthcare provider wants or needs, it's just going to end up being a fancy -- and expensive -- watch or bracelet.
November 5, 2014
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Just a few years ago, discussion of the use of radio-frequency identification in healthcare was usually limited to drug manufacturers and wholesalers. But more and more hospitals are using RFID technology to improve safety and efficiency.
November 4, 2014
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Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables are scarce. It's that many just aren't secure.
October 31, 2014
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@KevinMD has a great new book that is designed as a guide for physicians to establish, manage and protect their online reputations. However, I believe it has value to other clinicians and even administrators who want to do the same or at least understand why physicians need to have online visibility.
June 4, 2013
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In a world where most folks change jobs every couple of years, people are often amazed to hear that I started work in connected health 19 years ago. Implicit in their amazement is a question, “Why did you stick with it so long?” The quickest response is that the work we started back then is not yet finished.
April 25, 2013
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Africa has 433 million cell phone subscriptions and only 12 million landlines. Africans have enthusiastically adopted mobile technology because it is accessible, scalable, cost effective and available. By not investing in cloud solutions, today’s healthcare providers are theoretically building the landlines of Africa.
April 23, 2013
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee, the ACP Council of Associates, and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism spent eighteen months developing a policy statement on online medical professionalism.
April 19, 2013
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Many reporters have contacted me for an IT perspective on the April 15 bombings in Boston. Within moments of the event, social media became the preferred mechanism for communication and coordination.
April 17, 2013
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Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to be invited back to the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) to participate as a judge of a digital healthcare start-up competition. In the last two years healthcare has become a highly featured part of the SXSW Interactive conference, particularly as digital health has risen to the forefront of the healthcare conversation.
March 25, 2013
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One of the biggest trends for 2013 is wearable technology. Although the idea of wearing a device might make the average person feel like a cyborg, we are used to seeing doctors wearing devices.
March 22, 2013
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Imagine checking Facebook to identify the quality of care provided at your hospital or to assess patient satisfaction with the experience.
March 20, 2013
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Whatever your reason is for attending the HIMSS annual conference each year, there is never a shortage of education sessions, technology demonstrations, social networking, and meetings on meaningful topics specifically suited to your own tastes. While I was there, I asked some industry professionals what their key takeaways were from the conference.
March 11, 2013
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In the latest chapter of some inside-the-Beltway wrangling over the validity of recess appointments by President Obama of National Labor Relations Board members, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held the appointments to be invalid, thus invalidating all NLRB decisions in which these members had participated. These include, of course, some decisions touching on the regulation of employee use of social media by employees, whether or not the workforce is unionized.
February 8, 2013
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Seeing the fast-growing market for personal connected health devices displayed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far consumer connected health has come.
January 29, 2013
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Mobile healthcare applications have started to gain momentum, particularly over the past year, and could see explosive growth in the coming years. The following five healthcare areas could benefit tremendously from these applications, thereby taking the mobile market to the next level and improving the overall quality and delivery of care.
January 21, 2013
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The North State Service Area within the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) network, the nation’s eighth largest health system, today announced the launch of free wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) for patients, visitors and physicians. The service is available now, at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.
May 31, 2011
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InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in Challenge Driven Innovation, along with Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N), today announced a $10,000 Ideation Challenge calling for ideas geared toward an interactive, game-based solution to motivate adolescents with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as other chronic illnesses, to participate in managing their own health.
May 31, 2011
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Earlier this year, President Obama outlined his plan to create a 21st-century regulatory system that is simpler and smarter and that protects the health and safety of the American people in a pragmatic and cost-effective way. He called for a change in culture to incorporate ongoing review of regulations into our operations. We can target rules already on the books to increase flexibility and remove regulations that are out-of-date, unnecessary, excessively burdensome, or in conflict with other rules.
May 26, 2011
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Ford researchers have developed a heart rate monitoring seat with electrode sensing technology that can check a driver's heart activity.
May 24, 2011
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With 22 percent adoption among medical providers, as reported in a Chilmark Research report, the iPad has become a key tool for US doctors and medical professionals transitioning from paper charts and developing innovative practice models. Medical providers are increasingly looking to streamline the delivery of care and reduce costs in a rapidly changing medical sector. Practice Fusion has noted a trend of providers in the company's EHR community offering traditional house calls and concierge care thanks to the flexible combination of an iPad and web-based EHR. Doctors are able to chart anytime, anywhere without being tethered to a locally-installed EHR or standalone computer.
May 24, 2011
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The X PRIZE Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization solving the world's Grand Challenges of our time by creating and managing large-scale, global incentivized competitions, today announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated to design the Tricorder X PRIZE, a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians. The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm seeks to achieve this by combining advancements in expert systems and medical point of care data such as wireless sensors, advancements in medical imaging and microfluidics.
May 23, 2011
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The PTSD Coach smartphone application (app),launched in April by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), has already helped more than 5,000 users connect with important mental health information and resources.
May 17, 2011
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RxEOB today announces the launch of emWellics, a modular mobile platform that connects managed care plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and payers “one-to-one” with their members.
May 16, 2011
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Skyscape, Inc., the leading provider of trusted mobile medical resources for healthcare professionals, has launched a new, affordable Nursing Practical Suite developed specifically to assist Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses and students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The new Suite arms these healthcare professionals with relevant and timely information to help make better clinical decisions at the point of care. This trusted collection of medical resources, available exclusively from Skyscape, includes content from leading publishers. This Suite is a critical tool for both learning and use in clinical practice because it includes interactive tables, flowcharts, medical calculators and other clinical decision support tools that provide nurses with the right information in the classroom and at the patient’s bedside.
May 12, 2011
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Visual Healthcare Corp. (the "Company") (NASDAQ OTC: VSHC) announces today that it has entered into an agreement with Sygenics Life Sciences Software (Sygenics LSS) to market a 2nd generation of Lab Automation applications to serve the scientific community. This allows researchers to replace paper-based scientific records and paper-based scrapbooks with more dependable and secure electronic storage capabilities, as well as the ability to instantaneously share information with other scientists of their choice.
May 10, 2011
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CareCloud, the company modernizing healthcare management with powerful cloud-based software and services, and Xpress Technologies, leading provider of physician and nursing documentation, have partnered to launch a combined EMR and practice management solution for urgent care facilities and hospital emergency rooms. The solution offers integration of EMR with daily operations - improving patient flow, decreasing wait time and alleviating stress for busy physicians and nurses.
May 10, 2011
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New mobile technology introduced today by 3M makes it easy for physicians to manage their daily schedule, review patient information, dictate progress notes, and log accurate charges all on a single mobile device in the palm of their hand.
May 10, 2011
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