Mobile Trends And Their Impact On The App Market - Mobile World Congress Review

Monday, February 28, 2011

From  research2guidance:

Some major trends about the mobile apps market were clearly visible at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. How will trends like new operating systems, new devices, new technologies, developer migration, etc. affect the global apps market? Here is a quick rundown:

Symbian is dead long live Windows7: This is probably the biggest single piece of news to emerge from last week’s event. Windows 7 will be used as the primary OS for Nokia’s smartphone portfolio. According to Mr. Elop (Nokia CEO) there will be a two year transition time before all new devices are being shipped with the OS from Microsoft, but from our discussions with Microsoft and Nokia we realize that there is a large amount of pressure to make that period as short as possible, especially as it will become even more difficult to convince developers to develop for Symbian, a dead end platform. The co-existence of Nokia phones running on WindowsPhone 7, Symbian and MeeGo presents a challenge. The future of MeeGo seems to be very uncertain even though Nokia and Intel stated their intent to offer an alternative platform especially for non smartphone devices. Windows 7 will definitely become a very interesting platform for developers in the future. If it will meet the expectations of those two giants is not clear just yet.

3rd mHealth Networking Conference March 30-31, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Concerns, fears, expectations, and hopes are widespread regarding FDA regulation of mobile devices. Through dialogue and collaboration with the FDA, the mHealth Regulatory Coalition (MRC) is addressing development of new policies about and approaches to medical device regulation that factor in the impact of rapidly accelerating mobile and wireless technology developments.

Whether you are a user, an IT specialist, a developer, a vendor, or other healthcare stakeholder, you need to know about these issues.

So, the mHealth Initiative is presenting A Panel Discussion on The FDA and mHealth at the 3rd mHealth Networking Conference, March 30-31, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

The FDA and mHealth Panel, led by Dane Stout, Executive Director of the mHealth Regulatory Coaltion, also includes Kent Dicks, CEO of MedApps; Dr. Joseph Smith, CMO of West Wireless Health Institute; Mark Gryzwa, Director of Research and Development at Boston Scientific; and representatives from Qualcomm and Nokia. Discussion topics include:

* The current confusion and lack of clarity in mHealth Regulation
* Why staying engaged in productive dialogue with the FDA is a better alternative than direct confrontation or ignoring the issue
* What their companies wish FDA knew about their technologies and why current policies just won't work
* How policy decisions being contemplated today will impact future product development strategies in mHealth

Doctors, do you have your own mobile app?

Author: Thuc Huynh, MD

Nielsen estimates that 1 in 2 Americans will have a smartphone by Christmas 2011.  The iPhone's iOS is the 2nd most popular operating system in the US so it's no wonder there is currently more development of mobile apps here than any other system.

Even doctors are creating apps for their practice to help keep their patients informed.  Cloud Nine Development is a mobile apps development company that caters specifically to physicians and dentists.  Doctors can purchase a $999 license for the company to create a personalized app that features information about their practice.  In addition, you are also required to purchase a maintenance fee of $34.99 that recurs monthly.

Currently, 23 doctors and dentists have created an app through Cloud Nine Development.  Their product, Doctor App, claims to improve your :
  • Practice Marketing and Branding
  • Patient Education and Communication
  • Personal and Practice Efficiency
  • Resources for your Referring Physician
To learn more about their product, visit their website or go to iTunes and search for Cloud Nine Development to see samples of their work.

Author:

Dr. Thuc Huynh is CEO of ScrubdIN, a startup company that aims to help health professionals and patients choose their next medical app. Her main interest lies around how medicine can play a role with web 2.0 and social media. Dr. Huynh is currently Chief Resident at her Family Medicine Residency in Rapid City, SD and received her B.S. and M.D. at the Medical University of the Americas.

Verizon executive speaks about the "Keys to Transforming U.S. Health Care System" at #HIMSS11

Thursday, February 24, 2011

‘Simple, Common-Sense Approach’ to Data Security and Interoperability Are Key to Transforming U.S. Health Care System, Verizon Executive Says

Dr. Peter Tippett, in Address at HIMSS 2011, Cites Four Areas That Need to Be Addressed to Enhance Care and Control Costs

ORLANDO, Fla. – The lack of common interoperability standards and inconsistent approaches to security, privacy and trust are perpetuating an antiquated U.S. health care delivery system that has been largely unable to benefit from the widespread adoption of IT, according to Verizon’s top security and health care executive.

The executive, Dr. Peter Tippett, vice president of security and industry solutions for Verizon, called for the development of “simple, common-sense approaches to data security and interoperability” to help expand access to quality care, control costs and improve patient outcomes. He spoke Tuesday (Feb. 22) at the Health Information Management Systems Society annual conference.

Less emphasis on smartphones and more focus on slates here at #HIMSS11

I'm currently at HIMSS11. Last year, many companies were showcasing smartphone apps and smartphone solutions for the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and webOS. This year, there's much more focus on slate devices like the Apple iPad and less emphasis on smartphones. What does this mean about the future of mobile computing? Physicians will continue to use smartphones, but perhaps smartphone utilization will decrease as slate (and other mobile devices) utilization increases.

These are interesting times because there's so much excitement around slate devices. Some of these devices have 7" screens while others have 9" screens. Smartphones are getting larger, so eventually these devices may converge or we'll simply get accustomed to computing on smaller screens.

HIMSS will be very interesting next year given the fact that we'll have so many new mobile devices on the market by the end of 2011. I anticipate even less mention of smartphone solutions next year and greater emphasis around slate devices like the new Apple iPad 2, the BlackBerry PlayBook, the HP TouchPad running webOS, and a variety of slates running Google Android. Wouldn't it be ironic if the smartphone were to evolve backwards and turn into a simpler device?

For now, I will continue to carry my Droid X and iPad everywhere I go.

Doximity for Android

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Doximity is now available as a free download for Android smartphones.

* Quickly find a phone number, clinical interests, and languages spoken for over 567,000 US physicians
* Send HIPAA-compliant messages and images to colleagues with DocText
* Easily access phone numbers on the go for 24-hour pharmacies, hospitals and labs

https://www.doximity.com/

MobileAccess Announces Partnership with Philips Healthcare #HIMSS11

MobileAccess Announces New Integrated In-Building Wireless for Philips WMTS Solution

Leading Technology Vendors Team to Deliver Seamless and Reliable Wireless System to Healthcare Facilities

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - MobileAccess, a global provider of enterprise wireless solutions, today announced a teaming agreement with Philips Healthcare and introduced the EC560 Solution for Philips. The EC560 Solution will enable interoperability between the MobileAccess2000 distributed antenna system (DAS) and the Philips Smart-hopping WMTS 1.4 GHz network. The open MobileAccess wireless platform is a robust and complete wireless infrastructure solution for integrated wireless medical telemetry systems (WMTS), making it a good partner for Philips' patient monitoring solution.

Reducing Medication Errors using an iPod Touch #HIMSS11

Monday, February 21, 2011

PatientSafe Solutions Announces General Availability Of PatientTouch™

Connected Patient Care Application Connects Care Teams and Streamlines Processes in Real-Time to Improve Nursing Workflow, Reduce Preventable Errors and Improve Quality Metrics

Orlando, Fla. – February 21, 2011 – PatientSafe Solutions, a provider of clinical mobility solutions to hospitals, today announced that its PatientTouch™ connected patient care application designed exclusively for the Apple iPod Touch® has completed beta testing and is now widely available to hospital nurses and caregivers. PatientTouch connects the patient’s healthcare information in one accessible, organized and familiar wireless device at the bedside and enables care providers to efficiently deliver quality care while reducing the potential of clinical errors.

CSC Launches Mobile Solution for Healthcare Professionals Using BlackBerry Smartphones #HIMSS11

CSC SELECTS CORTICON TO POWER CAREVEILLANCE™ REAL-TIME CLINICAL
SURVEILLANCE SOFTWARE

New Solution Can Immediately Identify High-Risk Patients, Equipping
Providers with Critical Information to Improve Patient Outcomes

CSC (NYSE: CSC), a leading global consulting, systems integration and
outsourcing company, today announced that it has selected Corticon
Technologies (www.corticon.com), a leading provider of Business Rules
Management Systems (BRMS) as a strategic business rules platform partner
for its CareVeillance™ real-time clinical surveillance software. CSC will
leverage Corticon’s BRMS to implement the solution, and, going forward,
will collaborate with Corticon to develop new solutions to automate best
practices within the healthcare industry.

As the healthcare industry faces unprecedented change and reform, new
government-mandated quality standards have been introduced and healthcare
providers are being held to these standards, with reduced reimbursement for
those who fail to meet them. According to the government mandate, hospitals
must show that they provided the appropriate care, and avoided patient
complications, before they are reimbursed for treatment. In addition, this
quality information must also be collected and validated by hospitals as
the patient is treated, not after the fact.

The implications of Apple's new subscription model

Friday, February 18, 2011

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

There have been many articles written recently on this blog about the versatility of the iPad as a media consumption device--including medical textbooks and journal articles. Well, just very recently, Apple has announced some rather large changes that may affect this sector of iPad/iPhone usage in a large way--dictating terms of subscription.

This "term" is essentially that Apple requires all subscriptions based apps, of which many are some of the most popular in the App Store, that they have to at least offer the subscription from within the app--and therefore allow Apple to take a 30% cut of not only the app, but the media subscription--periodicals, journals, texts, music, etc.

PEPID Launches Pill Pictures at #HIMSS11

Thursday, February 17, 2011

EMRs and pharmacy systems to benefit from the highest resolution pill pictures

Phoenix, AZ — February 17, 2011 — PEPID, the leading developer of clinical decision-support information and technology, announced today it will be revealing the latest addition to its drug database – the highest resolutions pill pictures on the market – at the HIMSS annual conference in Orlando. Now healthcare professionals can easily identify patient medications and reduce medication errors.
Those attending HIMSS February 20-24 in Orlando are encouraged to stop by PEPID’s booth #663 to see a demonstration. The official launch of the new, high-resolution pill pictures will be held at the PEPID reception Tuesday, February 22 from 4:30-6:30 on the HIMSS exhibit floor.

“A picture truly is worth a thousand words.” says John Wagner, PEPID president. “Now clinicians can eliminate the guesswork and properly identify their patient’s medications by using PEPID pill pictures, available for integration within their electronic medical record (EMR), healthcare information system (HIS) or pharmacy system.”

IQMax Releases IQSpeak® for Android OS #HIMSS11

Healthcare Dictation App Saves Time & Enhances Efficiency of Care for Improved Physician Workflow

Charlotte, NC (February 17, 2011) -- IQMax, Inc., a leading mobile healthcare technology company, today announced the release of its healthcare dictation app for Android OS, IQSpeak®. An intuitive, yet sophisticated, dictation solution, IQSpeak integrates a physician’s patient schedule with the ability to dictate patient notes using any device supporting Android OS.

IQSpeak enables physicians to dictate anywhere, anytime, eliminating the need to locate a “landline” telephone or dictation station to dictate patient notes. With just a click on the “dictate” icon, a physician can dictate on his mobile device while on the move, a dictation that is then sent with patient demographics attached.

Ingenious Med Launches Billing and Data Capture App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

ATLANTA-February 17, 2011 – Ingenious Med, the leading platform for automated revenue and charge capture processes, announced its solution is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The application is being launched as part of the company’s presence at the Hospital Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. The application enables Ingenious Med’s 9,000 users to access the charge and data capture platform virtually anywhere.

“Access to the Ingenious Med solution at the point-of-care is critical,” said Hart Williford, CEO of Ingenious Med. “With our new application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Ingenious Med continues to allow users to be truly mobile, further enhancing the quality of care for patients.”

Ten Best Psychology Apps for Smartphones

Author: Allison Gamble

Smartphones offer users access to apps that cover a variety of areas. One area that has a large selection of apps is psychology. Whether you are student working toward getting your psychology degree or a teacher, there are a number of apps that are sure to meet your needs. Besides educational apps, there also mental health applications that can help you resolve an issue or simply de-stress. Here are the ten best psychology apps available on smartphones. The current prices are listed in parentheses.

1. StudySets - Psychology ($2.99)

This is a great app for psychology students as well as anyone who is interested in the topic. StudySets – Psychology provides you with information on key figures in the field, a glossary of terms and the history of psychology. In addition, the app will supply you with detailed information on specific areas such as memory, conditioning and sensation. This great app offers enough information to satisfy the curiosity of anyone interested in psychology.

2. Pocket Pond (Free)

This is one of the best relaxation apps available. Essentially, your screen turns in to a koi pond where you can watch fish peacefully swim around. Listen to a relaxing nature soundtrack while creating ripples in the water by simply touching the screen. You can also feed the fish, scare them and even add thunderstorms. Like a real koi pond, this app provides you with a chance to relax and put your worries aside.

The "iTunes of diabetes care"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cellnovo is developing what is being called the "iTunes of diabetes care." If you're not familiar with iTunes, then you may not understand this comparison. Cellnovo said they would commercialize and expand markets for its diabetes management system, which includes an insulin pump, a mobile handset, and an online management system for patients wtih diabetes. Combined, this system resembles an iPhone and the iTunes interface.


If you have a passion for technology and gadgets, then it may be time for you to pursue endocrinology so that you can play with all these insulin pumps, glucose meters, and continuous monitoring systems. Eventually, scientists will find a way to create an implantable artificial pancreas. Until that happens, we'll be relying on gadgets and computers to improve glucose control.

HTC ThunderBolt 4G on Verizon

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The HTC ThunderBolt is a 4G Android smartphone that is coming to Verizon very soon. At a glance, it looks like the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint.  Here's how HTC describes the ThunderBolt 4G:


This isn't your dream phone. It's the one after that. With instant uploads and downloads and more, the HTC ThunderBolt 4G brings you the future, faster.


8 megapixels. Ultra-mega-amazing. 8 megapixel flash camera and the power of 4G allow you to create and share like never before.


4G + HD = infinite possibilities. Record. Share. View. HD video and a hi-res 4.3" screen means unlimited entertainment. 

I'm currently using the Motorola Droid X and it's a fine smartphone. I like the 3G speeds that I get, even when I'm using my device as a 3G Mobile Hotspot. I'm sure 4G would be nice, but I'm not willing to pay a premium price just to get 4G over 3G. Not yet. For now (and the next 2 years), I'll be sticking with my Droid X.

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MEDecision to Release Mobile Application for Access to Clinical Summaries

InFrame Mobile App Enables Users to View Clinically Validated Electronic Health Records on Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices

WAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEDecision, Inc., a leading provider of collaborative health management solutions, today announced that it is launching a mobile application that will enable physicians and other clinical users to access MEDecision Clinical Summaries — clinically validated electronic health records — through smartphones, electronic tablets and similar portable devices.

MEDecision offers tools to facilitate the health management and performance process for physicians and accountable care organizations (ACOs) through its InFrame™ portfolio. The latest milestone in MEDecision’s mission to increase the ubiquity of electronic medical information, the new InFrame mobile application will deliver richer, more accurate and actionable data to the point of care. It is designed to help physicians, ACOs and patient-centered medical homes manage the healthcare process for patients as they transition to different settings throughout the care continuum. The application will be available through the Apple iTunes store beginning March 30.

Epocrates Adds 65 New Medical Apps

Monday, February 14, 2011

You probably heard that Epocrates acquired Modality last year. You may have also heard that Epocrates is now a public company. With the acquisition of Modality, Epocrates has a very wide selection of medical apps for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.

Here are a few examples of those apps:

Procedures Consult Series
Carry dozens of procedure videos in your pocket

Anatomy on the Go
More than 300 brilliant annotated images

Emergency Medicine Q&A
Customize your board prep with 800+ ABEM style questions

To learn more about these apps, click here.

HP Pre3 and Veer running webOS

HP isn't giving up on webOS. The new Pre3 and Veer smartphones will be coming out over the next few months. The Pre3 will feature advanced Touchstone technology that will allow you to share a URL between your Pre3 and an HP TouchPad simply by tapping them together. Don't tap too hard.

Seems like a clever way to connect your devices. Speaking of the TouchPad, I'm eager to see how that device compares to my iPad. Maybe I'll get a chance to preview the TouchPad when I'm at HIMSS next week... (that would be a nice surprise, wouldn't it?).

Download the NIV #YouVersion Bible App (limited time)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

If you carry a Bible on your smartphone, you may like to know that you can download the NIV Bible on the YouVersion Bible app for a limited time. March 1 to be exact.

The YouVersion Bible app allows you to access a variety of translations and versions of the Bible as long as you are connected to the Internet. There are a few off-line versions you can download like the KJV and the NKJV. For a limited time, you can also get the NIV 2010 version as an off-line download for free.

When I used to work in the hospital, I would always run into people reading the Bible. Some would read in the elevators. Others would read in the call rooms.

Smartphones as the best business decision in medicine?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

So says the most recent edition of Dark Daily. They are basing this assertion off of recent trends and results of a survey by research2guidance that can be found here (note: the white paper is free, but requires registration). The findings claim that the high rate of penetrance of mobile phones in the market and usage of apps will be the driving forces behind the business of mobile health. Surprisingly, 80% of respondents thought that diabetes would be the largest market--perhaps this is just a correlation with the rising prevalence of diabetes. I can't think of why it would make a "better" app market per se. What I wasn't surprised to see was the predominance that iOS and Android have in this space.

Though Dark Daily is primarily a management publication with a pathology focus, it has been very interesting of late to see how many of their articles have focused on the integration of mobile health. They seem to have a keen interest in relaying to pathologists and clinicians, alike, how important this growing medium is.

Epocrates Pulse: Innovation

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I wanted to share this editorial from the February Epocrates Pulse newsletter on the topic of Innovation:
by Anne Meneghetti, MD
Director, Clinical Communications, Epocrates

2011: Innovating the Tools of our Trade

Stethescopes, oto/ophthalmoscopes, reflex hammers. These extensions of our eyes, ears and hands have changed little over the decades. I grew up watching the original Star Trek™ television series in the 1960s. Here it is 2011, and I am still waiting for a real medical tricorder, the handy diagnostic scanner device used by Starfleet physicians. Still, innovations in medical tools and gadgets are emerging rapidly, especially in the telecommunications and diagnostics spaces.

Do you remember beepers? Aptly named, they did little else other than beep or squawk out a message audible to everyone in your vicinity. Finally, along came displays with a few lines of text, about as much as a 19th century telegraph. Now, our mobile devices are phone, calendar, plus medical reference all in one.

Sundry Notes (great for medical students)

Sundry Notes is a nice productivity app that can help you  stay organized with all of your notes. Here's some additional information:

Write, draw, research, record and share! Take notes of any kind and use the built-in Evernote + Dropbox + Google Docs + Facebook integration. The ultimate multi-media note taking application!

* Write text
* Draw anywhere
* Search the internet
* Import PDFs+Images
* Import from Evernote + Google + Dropbox
* Record audio
* Bookmarks
* Tabs

learn more here.

U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A few months ago, comScore revealed "U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share."  As we can see, the Android platform is gaining momentum and we'll see this trend continue for the next few years as Google puts Android on a number of different smartphones. Here are some interesting charts from their report:

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Smartphone Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 39.3% 35.8% -3.5
Apple 23.8% 24.6% 0.8
Google 17.0% 23.5% 6.5
Microsoft 11.8% 9.7% -2.1
Palm 4.9% 3.9% -1.0



Top Mobile OEMs
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Samsung 23.1% 24.2% 1.1
LG 21.2% 21.0% -0.2
Motorola 19.8% 17.7% -2.1
RIM 9.0% 9.3% 0.3
Nokia 7.8% 7.1% -0.7


Mobile Content Usage
3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Jul. 2010
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Jul-10 Oct-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Sent text message to another phone 66.0% 68.1% 2.1
Used browser 33.6% 36.2% 2.6
Used downloaded apps 31.4% 33.7% 2.3
Accessed social networking site or blog 21.8% 24.2% 2.4
Played Games 22.3% 23.7% 1.4
Listened to music on mobile phone 14.5% 15.4% 0.9

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Developing a successful mHealth app – insights into a pharmaceutical company

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Here are some snippets from a recent blog post on research2guidance titled, "What does it take to develop a successful mHealth app – insights into a pharmaceutical company." 

[This guest post was written by Alexander Romantschuk, Innovations Leader, Lilly Germany, Alexander studied molecular and surface physics at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Since November 2005 he has held the position of European Medical Innovations Leader at Eli Lilly. Here he was responsible for numerous prototypes for internal medical clients. Since mid-2009 his team has been working on mobile devices and mobile applications. He is sharing his experience of the development of mHealth apps in a regulated health care environment. ]

Mobile app development – a field report from a pharmaceutical company
The pharmaceutical industry is highly regulated. The main reason for these regulations is to protect the consumer; patients who need to take drugs. Buzzwords like GxP, CRF Part 11, Data Privacy, Compliance, Regulatory and IT Validation are used regularly if an IT application is developed. From an IT process point of view there is no reason to distinguish between the developments of a normal web application or an application for a mobile device but in reality people’s minds make a big difference. Smartphones, mobile broadband and availability are still ‘new’ and especially for the conservative pharmaceutical industry it isn’t that easy to adopt these new concepts.

Epocrates shows a strong start to it's IPO


Last week, Epocrates went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange.  Originally, the company had announced it's starting price to be $16.00 per share.  However, the company surprised us all with a strong opening of $20.00 per share.

Now at the end of the week, the EPOC ticker last traded at $26.51.  Fantastic.  Epocrates has been a leader in mobile drug information since 1998.  Over 13 years later and multiple attempts at going public, they have finally succeeded.

If you haven't purchased any shares yet, you should strongly consider doing so.  I suspect the stock will continue to grow with the HIMSS conference coming up.

Several months ago, Epocrates had the med-tech world buzzing with news about building an Epocrates EMR.  Well, when I was at CES, I stopped by the Epocrates booth and asked them point blank, "When is your EMR coming out?"  The representative said, "Soon.  All good things come in time."

Battery life when using my Droid X as a 3G Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot

The Droid X and many other smartphones are capable of turning themselves into 3G Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspots that allow you to connect up to 5 mobile devices. When you enable this feature, you'll get a notice reminding you that this feature will drain your battery very quickly, so you should plug your phone to a power source.

A few weeks ago, I was using my Droid X every day as my personal hotspot. I was using an external battery pack, so I had the ability to recharge my battery during the middle of the day. If I didn't have that battery pack, my phone would have died by noon.

The 3G mobile hotspot on the Droid X is a great feature, but it would be nice to see a higher level of battery efficiency in these devices. The MiFi 2200 is rated to 4r hrs and the Fivespot Global Ready 3G hotspot lasts 5 hrs, so those devices aren't great either unless you're carrying a separate battery pack.

FDA clears first diagnostic radiology application for mobile devices

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Provides wireless access to medical images for iPhone, iPad users

A new mobile radiology application cleared today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow physicians to view medical images on the iPhone and iPad manufactured by Apple Inc.

The application is the first cleared by the FDA for viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET). It is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation.

“This important mobile technology provides physicians with the ability to immediately view images and make diagnoses without having to be back at the workstation or wait for film,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., chief scientist and deputy director for science in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Medscape Mobile for Android

Friday, February 04, 2011

I've been using the Medscape App on my Droid X for the past few weeks.The Medscape App includes many features including:

Drug Reference

Search prescribing and safety information for over 8,000 brand, generic and OTC drugs, herbals and supplements

* Review adult and pediatric dosing, adverse effects, contraindications, cautions & warnings, pregnancy and lactation guidelines, and more
* Drug database includes:
o 6,000+ generic and brand drugs
o 1,000+ generic and brand OTC drugs
o 1,000+ herbals and supplements
* Search by drug name or browse by class
* Save commonly searched drugs to your 'Saved list'
for fast access
* Access anywhere – no Internet connection required (after full installation of app on device)

Drug Interaction Checker

Check mild interactions to serious contraindications for any combination of drugs, herbals and supplements. Allows up to 30 drugs per search

* Check interactions across our database of 8,000+ drugs, herbals and supplements
* Provides detailed information from minor to
contraindicated interactions
* Input up to 30 drugs, herbals and/or supplements per search
* Access anywhere – no Internet connection required (after full installation of app on device)

IDdx: Infectious Disease Queries for iPhone

Thursday, February 03, 2011

IDdx is a decision support software tool developed by the author of OutbreakID, Dr. Jay Brown. This software is designed to help medical practitioners access information and improve the diagnosis of infectious diseases. The advantage of IDdx mobile software over a book is that it was built for queries. Users can find specific information by using the disease search criteria. The user can see all the symptoms associated with a disease or see all the diseases associated with a symptom.

* Explore the database of 275 diseases in 15 categories.
* Search by Disease Name or Disease Criteria.
* Disease criteria include 99 signs & symptoms, 39 epidemiological factors, and 16 regions of the world.
* Examples of epidemiological factors are ingest (entry), soil (source), ticks (vector), and cats (reservoir).
* Access diseases worldwide or limit the search to those endemic to the United States.
* Drill down to all infections associated with compromised hosts or bioterrorism.
* Filter the database for infections tagged as acute-severe, acute-moderate, or subacute/chronic.

Learn more here.

Android adds a "Medical" section to its Market (App Store)

If you're using an Android smartphone, you may have noticed that there's a new section in the Market (app store). It's called "Medical" and it lists a variety of apps including Medscape, First Aid, and Epocrates.

I currently use a Droid X. My wife uses a Droid Incredible. We're just a Droid family.

Will physicians "prescribe" medical apps for patients?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Medical apps are a hot topic these days.  In 2009, medical apps were estimated to be worth $41 million dollars and in just one short year, 2010 showed revenues of $84.1 million dollars.

With this medical technology space booming, many companies are making bold statements that physicians, pharmaceuticals, and hospitals will be the future medical app dispensers for all patients.

But should we let this happen?

Imagine how practicing physicians do it now for medications.  If you're like most doctors, you have certain drugs you like to use for condition X, Y, and Z.  Even though there are many different drugs to treat it.  If one drug doesn't work, we prescribe a different drug until something does.

Versus Releases Industry’s First Mobile App for Healthcare RTLS

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

(Traverse City, Michigan, February 1, 2011) – Versus Technology today announces release of its Enterprise View Mobile (EVM) application for customers using the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Available at no charge, Versus customers can download the Versus EVM app from iTunes beginning today.

Versus EVM provides users access to patient, staff and equipment locations on mobile devices. Versus EVM is synced to the Versus Advantages™ Real-time Locating System (RTLS) and provides a unique user experience based on user login credentials. Versus EVM enables on-the-go access to any existing Versus floorplan as well as a badge-centric list view optimized for the mobile device experience.

Licensed directly from Versus, Versus EVM is available to customers with an Enterprise license. Please contact Versus for platform pre-requisites and configuration service pricing.

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