Upcoming chance to win up to five (5) Lenovo ThinkCentre #M90z all-in-one PCs

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Win up to five (5) M90z PCs! There are 2 contests here: 1) Contest #1 is for a single Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one PC; 2) Contest #2 is for a package of five (5) M90z units.

Click here for more details

Sprint expands 4G network

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sprint is expanding its 4G network to Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Sprint 4G is now available in 68 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York City.

5 Free Android Apps to Boost Health and Fitness

This is a guest post by Rachel Davis.

5 Free Android Apps to Boost Health and Fitness

Exercise has gone hi-tech today; we no longer use just our bodies to get into shape, we also rope in the help of technology to make our workouts informative, interesting, fun, and more bearable. The mobile phone has morphed from being just an instrument used to communicate to a multi-purpose utility gadget – there’s nothing much you cannot do with smartphones. And as the war between the different operating systems heats up, it’s the consumers who stand the most to gain and who end up on the winner’s stand. Hot on the heels of the iPhone and its many apps comes the Android, and although it’s too early to predict who will be the eventual winner, Droid users are already swearing by it. Add to this the fact that the Android OS is not restrictive and used only in one smartphone brand and you can see why this OS may be pulling slightly ahead. So if you’re a Droid user, check out these absolutely free apps that help boost your health and fitness:

Endomondo Sports Tracker: Monitor your workouts if you’re a jogger, runner, cyclist or walker and keep track of the distance you’ve covered, the average speed of your workout, and the altitude you’ve climbed with this nifty app. It allows you to maintain a history of your exercising habits, and it integrates with your music playlist on your phone and Google Maps to show you where you’ve been and where you have to go.

Calorie Counter by FatSecret: Want to check if that sandwich you’re going to bite into is as healthy as it claims to be? Use this app to add the number of calories you’ll be adding to your body by eating your sandwich – Calorie Counter allows you to check the calorific value and nutritional information for almost all food items; it’s free to download and use, but please remember that it’s worthless if you still go ahead and eat food after you’ve learned that it’s unhealthy and laden in calories.

Workout Coach: This app is great for those who don’t jog, walk or cycle for exercise; it allows you to enter details of any workout you’ve done, in the gym or at home or outdoors, including which part of the body you exercised, how long you worked out, and how many reps you did if you’re strength training. You can view a comprehensive history of your workout history and shake up or slow down things accordingly.

Medicinal Herbs: If you prefer alternative and natural health therapies, this is a must-have app. It provides you with information about all kinds of herbs, including any medicinal property they possess and any side-effects they cause. It also allows you to distinguish between those herbs that are safe and those that are not.

Fitness Club and Gym Finder: Away from home and frustrated because you cannot work out? Never fear – this app helps you find a gym or fitness club close to your location so you can just walk across and get your daily dose of exercise; great app if you’re on holiday or traveling and don’t want to mess up your regular routine and/or gain weight.

This guest post is contributed by Rachel Davis, she writes on the topic of Radiology degree. She welcomes your comments at her email id: racheldavis65[@]gmail[.]com.

Black Friday Deals: Medical Apps for Smartphones

Friday, November 26, 2010

Here are some Black Friday deals for smartphone medical apps:

Skyscape: save 20% on all medical apps!
PEPID: save up to 80%

With Unbound Medicine: Shop between now and December 1, 2010 and take 10% off all products. Use promotional code WEB10. http://www.unboundmedicine.com/

Don't forget about Epocrates, Lexi-Comp, and all the others. They could be having some incredible deals as well.

Doctors Will Replace App Stores As Main Distribution Channels For Mobile Health Apps By 2015

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Berlin, 24 November 2010 – A global survey by research2guidance amongst leading mHealth developers and healthcare companies shows that mHealth apps will predominantly be distributed through traditional healthcare channels by 2015.

In the years to come mHealth applications will cease to be distributed primarily through the app stores survey participants anticipate. At the moment app stores are still the distribution channels of choice but in the future it is expected that traditional healthcare distribution channels like hospitals and specialized healthcare product vendors will become the predominant distribution channels. This would represent a significant shift when compared to the market today, as the smartphone app store model has been the key driver behind the initial success of mHealth applications over the last two years.


Cramberry: Create & study flash cards online (for medical students and Board Prep)

If you're a medical student and you're preparing for the end of the semester, use your smartphone to study. Cramberry is a great app that will help you develop flash cards that you can use on your mobile device.

So, whether you're a medical student or a physician preparing to take the Boards, leverage your mobile device to help you learn. Currently, Cramberry is available for the Apple iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad.

You can learn about Cramberry here.

SMS (text messages) and medication adherence in HIV

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A few weeks ago, The Lancet published an article titled, "Effects of a mobile phone short message service on antiretroviral treatment adherence in Kenya (WelTel Kenya1): a randomised trial." In summary, the investigators wanted to know whether SMS intervention would improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV patients living in Kenya. What was the outcome?
Patients who received SMS support had significantly improved ART adherence and rates of viral suppression compared with the control individuals. Adherence to ART was reported in 168 of 273 patients receiving the SMS intervention compared with 132 of 265 in the control group. Suppressed viral loads were reported in 156 of 273 patients in the SMS group and 128 of 265 in the control group.
It seem like mobile health initiatives will be more fruitful in developing nations. Here in the United States, we're flooded with too much information. A text message can easily get lost in the shuffle of a busy day. However, if you're living in Kenya, that single text message could be a life-saving reminder.

Effects of a mobile phone short message service on antiretroviral treatment adherence in Kenya (WelTel Kenya1): a randomised trial
Dr Richard T Lester MD,Paul Ritvo PhD,Edward J Mills PhD,Antony Kariri BSc,Sarah Karanja BSc,Michael H Chung MD,William Jack DPhil,James Habyarimana PhD,Mohsen Sadatsafavi MD,Mehdi Najafzadeh MSc,Carlo A Marra PharmD,Benson Estambale MBChB,Elizabeth Ngugi PhD,T Blake Ball PhD,Lehana Thabane PhD,Lawrence J Gelmon MD,Joshua Kimani MBChB,Marta Ackers MD,Prof Francis A Plummer MD
The Lancet - 10 November 2010
DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61997-6

Highlights from the 2010 mHealth Summit

Monday, November 22, 2010

If you missed the 2010 mHealth Summit a few weeks ago, you can view photos and videos from the conference. Keep reading to get to those links (other links will be following in a few weeks):

Successful 2010 mHealth Summit Comes to a Close

Largest event of its kind gathers leaders and experts in health, technology, policy and research

WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 Nov. 2010 -- The 2010 mHealth Summit came to a close in Washington, D.C., hosting more than 2,400 attendees from 50 countries. Attendees came together to learn, share and discuss the power and potential of mobile technology to improve global health. The event, which nearly tripled in attendance in its second year, included keynote speeches from industry leaders Bill Gates and Ted Turner.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of the 2010 mHealth Summit, which drew more forward thinking leaders, attendees, education sessions and exhibitors than any other mobile health-focused event in the U.S.,” said Richard Scarfo, mHealth Summit Director at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Smartphone use among physicians: specialists vs. primary care physicians

How many specialists are using smartphones? How about primary care physicians? Is there a difference?

Here's what one study found:
  • 62% of specialists have a smartphone
  • 55% of primary care physicians (PCPs) have a smartphone
How many of them are participating in online surveys on your mobile devices? 29% of PCPs and 24% of specialists. So why are more PCPs participating in online surveys on their mobile devices? I suppose the PCPs need the supplemental income they can generate by filling out market research surveys. I know that many specialists don't take the time to fill out these surveys.

Smartphone uptake is only going up. It should be interesting to see what these numbers look like in a few years. By then, the overwhelming majority of physicians will have smartphones and they'll be using them for a variety of different functions. 

Source: knowledgenetworks

Keyboard Buddy iPhone 4 Case

Friday, November 19, 2010

Do you wish your iPhone 4 has a hardware QWERTY keyboard? BoxWave has a nice keyboard case that allows you to add a QWERTY keyboard to your iPhone:
Clean and modern, the Keyboard Buddy Case appears to simply be a protective case when the keyboard is not in use. Combining ergonomic technology with sleek aesthetics, the Keyboard Buddy Case is a protective backing for your Apple iPhone 4 that also includes an integrated slide-out Bluetooth keyboard. The low-profile keyboard slides out smoothly, allowing you to easily transition between the Apple iPhone 4’s touch screen and a physical keyboard.
Keyboard Buddy Case Features:
  • Form-fitting shell designed to snap on securely to perfectly fit your Apple iPhone 4
  • Cut-out design for the touch screen so that you can keep the same tactile feel as using the Apple iPhone 4 without a case
  • Conveniently designed to provide quick access to all of Apple iPhone 4's controls, features, camera, and ports
  • Integrated slide-out Bluetooth keyboard allows you to switch from the touch screen to a physical keyboard as desired
  • Includes a USB cable to charge the integrated keyboard
  • Bluetooth keyboard on/off switch allows you to turn the keyboard off when not in use to conserve battery power
  • Finished with a high-quality smooth coating making the case smooth to the touch
  • Charge Duration: 45 days
  • Bluetooth version 2.0
  • Jet Black color
Learn more about the Keyboard Buddy Case on the BoxWave website.

ONCOmmunity News for iPhone

ONCOmmunity.org is now available on the iPhone and iPod Touch!

* Read the latest research abstracts on your iPhone.
* Participate in ONCOmmunity discussions. Ask questions of your peers.
* Save abstracts for later review.
* Once downloaded, you can read abstracts offline.
* Search our entire research library.
* Works with iPhone and iPod Touch (iOS4 tested).

Click here for more information.

ClickDiagnostics and the MIT connection

Thursday, November 18, 2010

As an MIT alum, I find myself drawn to the work done by ClickDiagnostics. Two members of the ClickDiagnostics senior management team went to MIT.
  • Donald Yansen, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
  • Ting Shih, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
If you're not familiar with ClickDiagnostics, here's some information about this innovative organization:

ClickDiagnostics is a global mobile health (mHealth) social enterprise founded by international development activists from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to address the following global healthcare challenges:

1. Lack of access: Patients cannot easily reach doctors.
2. Lack of funds: Patients cannot afford the high cost of healthcare, and governments/NGOs are unable to subsidize under-served populations entirely
3. Lack of medical resources: Most countries face severe shortages of trained healthcare professionals, especially medical specialists, to perform adequate diagnosis and quality treatment in rural areas.

Our Mission is to bring affordable and quality health services to under-served communities, by enabling the creation of proactive and self-sustaining health systems driven by mobile technologies, community-level entrepreneurship, and value-based partnerships.

Wireless Innovation Project

VODAFONE AMERICAS FOUNDATION WIRELESS INNOVATION PROJECT AND
mHEALTH ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES

December 15th Deadline Fast Approaching to Apply for Up to $650,000 in Cash and Prizes for Wireless Projects Demonstrating Promise Of Solving Critical Global Issues and mHealth

Walnut Creek, CA (November 17, 2010)—The Vodafone Americas Foundation and mHealth Alliance announced the last call for entries for the annual competition to identify and support promising wireless-related technologies to address critical social issues around the globe. Applications for the 2010 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project™ and mHealth Alliance Award will be accepted through December 15, 2010, with the winners announced at the annual Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, CA in April 2011.

“Previous winners have produced extraordinary innovations that utilized the vast potential of mobile technology to help solve problems and enhance people’s lives,” said June Sugiyama, Director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, “We look forward to this year’s applicants and their ground-breaking projects.”

Mobile Editing in Google Docs

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I was just thinking about this earlier today. Now, you can edit your Google docs on your mobile device. Thanks Google!

With Google Docs, we’re always trying to make you more productive—and part of that means making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at anytime. That’s why we’re excited that the new documents editor now supports editing on your mobile browser. We’re rolling this out over the next few days.

It’s easy to get started: visit docs.google.com in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you’re viewing it, press the Edit button to switch to the mobile editor.

That means that...

* You can work on that important memo...while on the bus or train to work.
* If you’re behind on a group proposal, but really want to make it to the ball game tonight, your whole team can work on it from the bleacher seats.
* You can take minute-by-minute notes at a concert so you’ll always remember the setlist. And your friends can jealously follow in real-time at home.
* ...and the list goes on!

Take a look at this video to see mobile editing in action:

500m Using Mobile Health Apps by 2015

It's hard to imagine that 500 million people will be using mobile health apps on their smartphones by the year 2015. That's what research2guidance is reporting in one of their latest reports:

Smartphone applications will become the killer applications for mobile health solutions.

Although the potential benefits of mHealth solutions have been widely discussed for over a decade, the market never emerged from the trial phase. Smartphone applications will enable the mHealth industry to successfully reach out to 500m of a total 1.4bn smartphone users in 2015 the new “Global Mobile Health Market Report 2010-2015” by research2guidance says.

Read more at the  research2guidance website.

MPR drug database now available on the Android

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MPR's up-to-date drug database is now available on the Android as a free medical drug reference app. It's free to use, but registration is required.

MPR (Monthly Prescribing Reference) provides concise prescription and OTC drug information for medical professionals.

* Over 4,000 concise monographs (Rx and OTC)
* Listed by Brand and Generic name
* Search by therapeutic category, brand, generic, disease, or manufacturer
* Updated frequently
* Over 30 medical calculators

You can find it on the Android Market by searching for "MPR."

Access American Medical News on your mobile device @amednews

Don't forget that you can access American Medical News on your mobile device. It's easy and simple. Open your mobile web browser and type:  amednews.com/m

American Medical News is the print and online news publication for physicians published by the American Medical Association.

How did ClickDiagnostics begin?

Monday, November 15, 2010

What a great story! I wish I had been at MIT when this happened:

ClickDiagnostics was born in MIT Media Lab’s Development Ventures class, where we were challenged to create a business that would impact over a billion people in the developing world. We synthesized our ideas targeting health care using mobile technologies and community health workers and formed ClickDiagnostics. Across the campuses of Harvard University and MIT, we created a unique enterprise that focuses on maximizing social impact while being self-sustaining. On an MIT Legatum Seed Grant, we visited rural villages in Bangladesh, and captured live footage of health conditions. We were shocked and ever more compelled to make our vision of providing affordable and quality healthcare, a reality.



In May of 2008, we won the MIT 100K Business Plan Competition in the Development Track and incorporated the company. We used the prize money to develop our service lines and quickly expanded operations across several countries in the developing world, striking key partnerships with governments, large NGOs, telecommunication infrastructure companies, and health service firms necessary to create a cost-effective mobile health ecosystem, in order to provide affordable healthcare for the under-served population.

Another budget Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless: the Motorola Citrus

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Motorola Citrus is another budget Android smartphone on the Verizon Wireless network. This device has a unique feature called the BACKTRACK™ Rear Touch pad. You'll have to let me know what you think. At $49, the Citrus is a very good deal.

Otherwise, it's similar to other budget Android smartphones. Now that Verizon allows you to select a data plan that's only $15/month, it's much more affordable to own a smartphone. In a few years, the vast majority of mobile phone users will be using smartphones instead of "standard" cell phones.

Moca, or "Mobile Care"

From the MIT Media Lab:

Five billion of the world's six some billion people live in developing countries, where many have no access to basic medical treatments and preventive care.

Moca, or "Mobile Care," is cell-phone-based telemedicine system specifically for use in developing countries. The system allows semi-skilled community health workers to go into the field carrying a smartphone, collect diagnostic information, transmit it to a central medical records system for expert review, and receive real-time decision support. The project is build on open platforms: the Android smartphone platform and the OpenMRS medical record system. OpenMRS is designed for use in developing countries and is deployed in a dozen countries. Members of the Moca team traveled to the Philippines in March to explore a pilot deployment in Capiz; we are also developing partnerships with other organizations around the world.

500 Million people will be using mobile health applications in 2015

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Smartphone applications will help the mobile health market to break through.

Berlin, 11th of November 2010.

Although the potential benefits of mHealth solutions have been widely discussed for over a decade, the market never emerged from the trial phase. Smartphone applications will enable the mHealth industry to successfully reach out to 500m of a total 1.4bn smartphone users in 2015 the new “Global Mobile Health Market Report 2010-2015” by research2guidance says.

Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Head of Research at research2guidance, points out “Our findings indicate that the long-expected mobile revolution in healthcare is set to happen. Both healthcare providers and consumers are embracing smartphones as a means to improving healthcare.”

PQRI 2010 – Special Offer for Epocrates Members

PQRI 2010 – Special Offer for Epocrates Members

By participating in the voluntary CMS Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), you can help improve Medicare services and patient care nationwide, and may receive a bonus payment (2% of your estimated total allowed charges for covered services payable under the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS)).

Covisint DocSite.com is a CMS-approved online solution that makes your PQRI submission quick and easy. Simply register, select a measure group, collect and enter data for only 30 patients, submit, and receive your incentive!

Plus, Epocrates members -- save $100 on your submission fee!*

*Submission fee is $350. Epocrates members pay $250 when you register with DocSite.com from this page. Your $100 Epocrates member discount will be applied in the shopping cart.

Learn more here.

Vinegar and smartphone camera used to screen for cervical cancer

There's a story about Carrie Kovarick, an assistant professor of dermatology and a member of the Penn-Botswana program, using some vinegar and a smartphone camera to screen women for cervical cancer. Consider this a pilot project involving mHealth, telemedicine, and software supplied by ClickDiagnostics.

When vinegar is applied to the cervix, pre-cancerous cells dehydrate faster and turn white. A photo of the cervix can be viewed by clinical experts who can identify suspicious areas on the cervix.

ClickDiagnostics is involved in a number of global health initiatives.

The Future of Wireless in Healthcare

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Healthcare IT News, on behalf of Sprint, has published the report The Future of Wireless in Healthcare: Powering the Applications for 21st Century Care. This thought-leadership report includes detailed results from a Healthcare IT News survey, which was conducted in June 2010 to determine the current status of wireless data technology usage in healthcare and attitudes about future solutions and strategies. In addition, case studies from visionary healthcare organizations also offer an in-depth look as they are leveraging Sprint's wireless technology to deliver patient-centric, high quality, efficient care. For forward-thinking healthcare organizations highlighted in this report, wireless is a vital technology that will position them as leaders in their markets.

Get the free report here (free registration required)

Speech Therapy on your mobile device

Have you heard of Smarty Ears? Barbara Fernandes, a practicing Speech and Language Pathologist is the founder and director of Smarty Ears, LLC. They offer a variety of speech therapy iPhone apps (they also work on the iPad). Here's information about the company:
At Smarty Ears we believe technology can help parents and speech therapists improve the communication skills of children with speech and language difficulties. Our company designs and publishes apps for improving communication skills in all areas (fluency, articulation, language, etc). Our main goal is to use technology to improve expressive communication abilities, regardless of native language. Smarty Ears is committed to individuals from all around the world, and we will make sure all of our apps are available in as many languages as possible because we are aware that the majority of materials currently available are in English.
Visit: http://smartyearsapps.com/

Opera Mobile 10.1 on Android is fast!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Opera Mobile 10.1 is now available as a beta app for your Android smartphone. I'm running it on my Motorola Droid X and it's a very fast and responsive web browser. I plan to use it as my main browser for the next few weeks. Opera Mobile supports pinch-to-zoom and you can find it in the Android Marketplace.

Remember that Opera Mobile is a different browser from Opera Mini.

Text4baby

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

Text4baby is made possible through a broad, public-private partnership that includes government, corporations, academic institutions, professional associations, tribal agencies and non-profit organizations. Founding partners include HMHB, Voxiva, CTIA - The Wireless Foundation and WPP. Johnson & Johnson is the founding sponsor, and premier sponsors include WellPoint, Pfizer and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. U.S. government partners include the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense Military Health System. The mobile health platform is provided by Voxiva and free messaging services are generously provided by participating wireless service providers. Implementation partners include BabyCenter, Danya International, Syniverse Technologies, Keynote Systems and The George Washington University. MTV Networks is a media sponsor.

Learn more here.

MyGlucoHealth Wireless Mobile App

Monday, November 08, 2010

MyGlucoHealth Wireless Mobile App Leading Download Application From Ovi Store by Nokia

Worldwide Downloads of Diabetes Management Application Exceed One Quarter Million and Growing Daily

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The MyGlucoHealth Wireless Mobile App is downloaded every 29 seconds somewhere in the world from the Ovi Store by Nokia. Since its introduction this spring, more than one quarter of a million users in 170 countries have downloaded and installed the MyGlucoHealth diabetes management application.

MyGlucoHealth, in conjunction with Nokia, the world's leading maker of mobile handsets, are teaming to market this unique wireless diabetes management technology to persons with diabetes from around the world. MyGlucoHealth works with a real-time online data collection network to securely upload and manage blood glucose readings using a mobile phone. MyGlucoHealth gives the patient more direct control over their care while providing clear lines of communication with clinicians and caregivers.

2010 mHealth Summit: Day #1 #mHS10

There are over 2,000 people attending the mHealth Summit in D.C. Twitter hashtag: #mHS10. Here's some information about this exciting conference:

Momentum builds for 2010 mHealth Summit as 2,000 participants from 48 countries prepare to attend

Largest of its kind summit features Bill Gates, Aneesh Chopra and Ted Turner

Washington, DC (November 4) - The countdown to the 2010 mHealth Summit has begun. The event, taking place next week from November 8-10th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will explore ways mobile technology can increase the access, quality and efficiency of healthcare to millions of families in communities in the U.S. and around the globe.

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Infertility for iPhone

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility Handbook for Clinicians, the gold-standard Ob/Gyn reference, is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and is compatible with the iPad!

Since 1990 this pocket handbook has been used by thousands of physicians, medical students, nurse midwives, nurses and other healthcare providers. Now in this completely rewritten and revised UPDATED 6th EDITION you can find everything that you need to provide comprehensive healthcare to women on your iPhone. Written for a wide range of medical professionals, this pocket-sized compendium is dedicated to all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and contains over 500 tables, flowcharts and figures making each topic easier to recall. Many useful resources from recent original articles are now at your fingertips in one source-book.

Learn more here.

The Oncologist App (for Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Access The Oncologist App from your mobile device! This free app allows you to read or listen to the current issue and watch video lectures on the go.

Available for free, The Oncologist App and eJournal

Learn more here:
http://theoncologistcommunity.com/multi-media/the-oncologist-app

Interesting stats about the "mobile device explosion"

I'm borrowing this from a presentation developed by Sesh Kumar, CEO or Emantras Inc.
  • “By the end of 2013 more users will access the internet on mobile devices than on desktops.” - Morgan Stanley
  • “14.7 million smartphones were purchased in the U.S. last quarter.” - Canalys
  • “120 million devices running iOS have been sold so far.” - Apple Keynote 2010
  • “New smartphone subscribers choosing Google phones accounted for 27 percent of U.S. smartphone sales” - Nielsen Company
  • “Sale of the iPad and other tablets will hit 19.4 million units in 2010” - Gartner
  •  6.5 billion downloads have been recorded on the App Store - 200 per second.

These are exciting times, aren't they? We're certainly living in the mobile technology revolution!

Mobile Application for Diabetes from Vree

Thursday, November 04, 2010

November is American Diabetes Month. This month, you can refer your patients to the Mobile Application for Diabetes from Vree.

The Mobile Application for Diabetes from Vree gives your patients a full suite of useful tools in one easy-to-access location. These tools can help your patients better manage their diabetes and gain the confidence to make healthy, lasting changes in their lives.

FEATURES of Vree for Diabetes include:
• Diabetes Education – Understand type 2 diabetes and the steps you can take to manage it through a series of comprehensive, interactive lessons. Topics include blood glucose monitoring, healthy eating, weight loss, and exercise.
• Blood Glucose Tracking – Receive reminders for checking your blood glucose levels as well as reports on your progress.
• Nutrition Tracking – Make informed meal choices and count calories and carbohydrates with confidence. Vree for Diabetes calculates the nutritional information for any food item that you select. The optional meal reminder prompts you to eat your meals at regular times and records when and which foods you eat. You can work with your health care professionals to set daily caloric intake goals and monitor your progress at each meal to stay on track.
• Activity Tracking – Record your physical activity and consider some simple ways that you can become more active. Set reminders and track your progress!
• Medication Tracking – Identify the medications you are taking, set reminders, and record when you take your medications.
• Progress Charts – Easily track and evaluate your progress. Review the reports with your health care professionals to determine how to best manage your type 2 diabetes over time.
• Blood Pressure Tracking – Receive reminders to check your blood pressure and keep track of your progress.

More information.

EXTENSION® iPhone app

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Did you know that there are now more than 2,000 medical applications for use on smart phone devices including the truly unique EXTENSION® iPhone application that allows physicians and nurses to receive nurse call alerts, critical lab result notifications, complete cardiology, pathology and radiology reports, and more. This is a sign that healthcare organizations like yours are becoming active participants in the booming m-Health community.

The EXTENSION Apple iPhone Application Streamlines:

* Availability of Patient Reports
* Critical Lab Result Notifications
* Physician to Nurse Communication & Interaction
* And More…

EXTENSION, INC. is headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN and is the developer of the EXTENSION® Solution Suite (ESS). EXTENSION is focused on serving the needs of healthcare organizations, both large and small. Our ESS expands Cisco Unified Communications and smart phones into clinical workflow tools automating notifications using text messages, Text-To-Speech (TTS) phone calls and emails, as well as turning Cisco’s award-winning IP Phones into user interfaces for clinical, administrative and revenue cycle data.

Click here to learn more about the EXTENSION® iPhone app.

Do you plan to get the Verizon iPhone?

People aren't calling it the Apple iPhone. It's the "Verizon" iPhone. Big Red has finally announced that they will be offering an iPhone in the early part of 2011 and reports are predicting that millions of people will get in line to buy the Verizon iPhone. Will you be one of them?

Given that I recently upgraded to the Motorola Droid X, I won't be making the switch. However, I'm willing to keep an open mind so that I can reassess the situation in 2012. Perhaps by then the vast majority of devices will be 4G. Maybe your smartphone OS won't be a critical factor. After all, I'm predicting that future smartphone apps will be cloud-based and they will run off the mobile web browser. So, it really won't matter which OS you're running if you're truly computing off the "cloud."

Smartphone Weight Management System

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

This was announced a few days ago. This isn't just another weight loss app. It's a total weight management system. BodyMedia will be exhibiting at the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. next week.

First-Ever Smartphone Weight Management System Now Available
BodyMedia® FIT™ Mobile Announces New App For Smartphones

(Pittsburgh, Pa – October 28, 2010) – The BodyMedia FIT system is clinically proven to help people lose three times more weight than those that tried to lose weight on their own by serving as a companion to provide consumers with important information about their bodies. Now with the launch of smartphone apps consumers can utilize the power of the BodyMedia® FIT™’s data, anywhere, anytime, at their fingertips.

Try the new Epocrates CME iPhone app

The new Epocrates CME iPhone app is now available from the App Store. This isn't your old Mobile CME that you may be familiar with. The new CME iPhone app is powered by RealCME and you'll find a number of CME activities when you log in. You'll still find some of the classic Mobile CME apps that you may remember from your days of being a Palm OS or Windows Mobile user. However, the featured CME activities are case-based activities that include some polling questions that are used to measure your baseline knowledge.

Eager to try it? You'll find it in the app store by typing "CME."

T-Mobile myTouch 4G receives the PC Magazine Editor's Choice

Monday, November 01, 2010

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G has received the PC Magazine Editor's Choice recognition. The editors rate this Android smartphone "very good" and give it 4 out of 5 stars (or circles). Here's the bottom line:
  • Pros
    Well-built. Latest processor and Android version. Wi-Fi calling. Hotspot mode. Awesome voice commands.
  • Cons Bloatware. UI skin may not appeal to everyone.
  • Bottom Line
    The T-Mobile myTouch 4G combines a classy body with the latest software to offer the most you can get from Android today.
We're certainly going to see more new 4G Android smartphones coming out over the next few months. In 2011, most (if not all) the major wireless networks will be offering 4G services. Get ready to see some super-fast speeds on these little mobile devices.
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