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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The mHealth Alliance is celebrating its fifth year of coordinating mHealth projects around the world. Patricia Mechael, the Alliance's executive director, discusses her life and career, and explains why she's driven to expand mHealth adoption in low- and middle-income countries.
December 11, 2013
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"This market will not take off until we can scale," was Clint McClellan's opening assertion as he launched a panel session to discuss the state of mHealth markets.
December 11, 2013
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There it was -- the clear-as-a-bell prediction. Call it the "wow factor." Andrew Watson, MD, medical director of the Center for Connected Medicine at UPMC, made an assertion about the future of digital health at the mHealth Summit on Dec. 9 that sent a hushed "wow" rippling across the room.
December 10, 2013
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The numbers do the talking. There are 110 million sexually transmitted infections among women and men nationwide, with 20 million new STIs reported each year. New mobile health innovations, however, are seeking to bring these numbers down, big time.
December 10, 2013
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The mHealth Alliance plans to transition its base of operations in 2014 from the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC to South Africa. In the coming months, the Alliance will finalize a full transition plan for 2014, including a proposal to co-locate with the Johannesburg-based Praekelt Foundation.
December 8, 2013
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The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City will create the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology with $5 million in funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The goal is to radically transform biomedicine through technology-based solutions.
December 6, 2013
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The global medical device connectivity market, worth $3.5 billion this past year, is projected to top $33 billion by 2019 as providers work to integrate new technologies with EMRs. Still, operational complications, cost barriers for smaller providers and security concerns could put a damper on growth.
December 2, 2013
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Franklin Martin, MD, checks his smartphone. Not for voice or email messages, but to locate patients and nurses -- and often, a patient's information. "I use it as I'm walking into the hospital to make my rounds," Martin, chairman of the surgery department at the San Diego-based Palomar Medical Center, says.
December 2, 2013
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Google-backed 23andMe, a consumer company that seeks to be the "world's trusted source of personal genetic information" thanks to its $99 DNA tests, has been slapped with a warning from the FDA that it's in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
November 26, 2013
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In a joint letter to the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees, several industry groups have implored legislators to incentivize integration between electronic health records and remote patient monitoring, to spur better use of patient-generated data in payment reform efforts.
November 25, 2013
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Keeping both hospital guests and clinicians happy is not easy, especially when it comes to meeting their need for WiFi. Learn how hospitals are managing the challenge.
November 25, 2013
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Solid BYOD policies can keep information flowing without running afoul of HIPAA.
November 22, 2013
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For doctors trying to reach their patients online, using Google+ can provide surprising marketing benefits that help them be more “findable” on the web.
April 9, 2012
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The phrase "disruptive technology" has been on my mind lately. I’ve seen it used online quite often, and heard it more than a few times at HIMSS.
March 30, 2012
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Like many of you, I made the annual pilgrimage to the HIMSS Conference last month but I didn’t write much publicly about it. Here’s what I learned while I was in Vegas and my takeaways for the rest of the year.
March 27, 2012
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By now I feel like the general public – and certainly the healthcare IT industry – is familiar with the concept of “the cloud.”
March 19, 2012
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Today I want to spend time on the psychology of engagement, as I believe it is critical to the success of connected health and can also be highly individualized.
March 15, 2012
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The San Diego Beacon eHealth Community is one example of how we are starting to see the convergence of health information exchange (HIE) and social media technologies.
March 1, 2012
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Now home from HIMSS, I’ve had some time to start to digest all the sights, sounds, strategies and strong opinions I heard discussed at the show. For me, this particular show’s strength was connecting people and ideas through the use of social media.
February 27, 2012
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You want irony? Try this: the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that we women are the ones who make the health care choices for the kids in 8 out of 10 families. Yet women are far and away the minority gender in the world of health IT leaders. While this is by no means the definitive list, I’ve done some research on the women who ARE making their mark in HIT.
February 21, 2012
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Apple and its iProducts were definitely on my mind the other day. First, I stopped by my local Apple store to put in some training for my turn behind the HIMSS Social Media Center’s Genius Bar – an hour-long session offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that will give attendees the opportunity to talk with experienced users of social media about strategies and tactics.
February 17, 2012
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The executive summary of the HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey report had a somewhat alarming statistic -- only 38% of respondents noted that they have a mobile technology policy in place that regulates use of mobile devices and outlines the organization's mobile strategy.
February 17, 2012
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One part of our population that isn’t taking advantage of texting to the degree that they should be is physicians, which strikes me as terribly behind the times.
February 13, 2012
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The iPhone and iPad are changing the world of medical devices as we know it. Thanks to their familiar interface, Web connectivity, and powerful processing capabilities, with the right app and plug-in these iOS devices can work as super smart medical devices that make sharing as easy as the push of a touchscreen button.
February 8, 2012
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