Happtique is the first mobile application store developed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. Happtique offers healthcare enterprises—like hospitals, continuing care facilities, and physician practices—the ability to create individually branded, secure substores that support employee and patient mobile technology use.
Founded in 2010, Happtique is powered by AppCentral™, a mobile application management company.
Make sure to read this article on HealthITBuzz titled, "New Mobile App Will Use Texting for Diabetes Management." The new mobile health initiative includes: the American Diabetes Association (ADA), two Beacon Communities (New Orleans and Detroit), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Voxiva (a mobile technology company).
Here's a snippet from the blog post:
SMS-Based Health Risk Assessment – Connecting Patients to Doctors
The campaign will make a texting-based risk assessment available to anyone with a cell phone, promoting the access number through traditional public health channels.
Here’s how it works:
Through their cell phones, individuals will be asked brief questions that assess their risk for diabetes. The user would answer these questions by sending a text.
Based on their responses to this text-based assessment, individuals will be connected with the best possible resources for their needs. This may be an online social forum, a discount for a check-up at a local pharmacy, or the phone number for a local health care provider.
The beauty of using mobile technology in this way is that it allows engagement with a much larger population than the health system can manage on its own, while simultaneously tailoring information and resources to the individual.
Dr. Lim is a family medicine doctor with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Partners in Health practice, based in Delmont, PA. When he's not feeding and caring for 4 young children (that's Addie and Lulu in the photo—6-month-old fraternal twins born on Christmas Eve) and 8 chickens, he teaches medical students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Seton Hill, and hopes to get more involved with medical education in the future.
"I use the Epocrates CME because it is convenient and case-based, using individual patients to make it more relevant to my practice...I also have the free version of Epocrates on my iPhone and use it every day, so I'm excited for the upgrade. It's my most commonly used medical resource, and I recommend it highly."
--Dr. James Lim
Industry’s first solution to offer bundled 4G and 3G wireless WAN connectivity, with secure and reliable access to Sprint Global MPLS; Explorer Pipeline experiences significant cost savings and improved productivity
Overland Park, Kan. – June 27, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) now offers businesses Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN (wide area network), a fixed wireless access solution that provides speed, reliability and secure wireless connectivity to the Sprint Global MPLS network. Not only can wireless connectivity open a world of possibilities by allowing people to work virtually anywhere, now Sprint 4G can enable businesses to replace or improve on traditional "wired" options with a solution that is cost-effective, fast and flexible to deploy without compromising bandwidth and network reliability, available within all Sprint 4G markets.
You can download this free whitepaper from Intel titled, "Using mHealth to Work Smarter"
A widely used term in the rapidly changing world of mobile technologies for healthcare is mHealth. Initial use of the term often focused on the use of mobile phones and handheld devices to deliver health information and services to consumers in mature nations and to rural citizens in developing nations. In order to address critical global challenges, mHealth should instead be viewed as an umbrella term that covers a wide range of mobile solutions which can help enable governments and health organizations to deliver higher-quality, more efficient healthcare.
This afternoon, I'll be speaking at the eyeforpharma conference in Philadelphia. My presentation is titled, "Mobile technology adoption by physicians: Current trends and opportunities for the future." I look forward to sharing some of my personal observations and insights I've gained by following the mobile health industry.
I've said on here before that I feel like RIM is lost in the current smartphone market and they don't seem to have a cohesive plan with what to do with Blackberry in the age of the iPhone and Android. Unfortunately for them, it seems to be getting worse. RIM shares recently hit a 5-year low and their co-CEOs seem to negate that there's a problem--and that seems to intensify the problem to outsiders. With the Playbook essentially a flop and all of their iPhone/touchscreen devices being the same, they're stuck with essentially the same kind of phone (keyboard candy-bar style) and the same kind of client (corporate) that they've always had. And with many companies now allowing their employees to choose their phone, this client is no longer a given. To make matters worse, one of the new features of iOS5 will be iMessage--Apple's version of BBM. Essentially the only "killer app" Blackberry has.
Medication adherence remains a persistent and pertinent issue in health care. Nonadherence poses challenges to adequate control of the target condition and often leads to further unnecessary complications. Many of the latest practice management and communication technologies afford clinicians the opportunity improve patient medication adherence.
I enjoyed delivering the opening keynote at the Mobile Health Expo in NYC. Although the trains were delayed, I finally made it there to share my personal perspective on the mHealth journey over the past 20 years. It's amazing to see how mobile technology has evolved so quickly. The days of the Apple Newton MessagePad and original PalmPilot seem like yesterday. Here we are, living in the era of iPads and smartphones that are becoming ubiquitous.
It's been great to reconnect with friends and colleagues at the Mobile Health Expo. I look forward to seeing everyone at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC.
I'm speaking at the Mobile Health Expo today. The trains into NY were delayed this morning, so it's been quite a journey so far. I'm currently on the train and I'm hoping that there are no further delays along the Northeast Corridor.
This morning, I plan to speak about the journey looking at the transformational mobile health industry. This afternoon, I'll be speaking about physicians engaging in mobile education. If you're here at the conference, I look forward to meeting you speaking with you.
ClickMedix is a global mobile health (mHealth) social enterprise founded by faculty and students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carnegie Mellon University to address the following global healthcare challenges:
Lack of access: Patients cannot easily reach doctors.
Lack of funds: Patients cannot afford the high cost of healthcare, and governments/NGOs are unable to subsidize under-served populations entirely
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.
Here's what the FTC has to say about cell phone radiation shields:
Listen Up: Tips to Help Avoid Cell Phone Radiation Scams
Whether you call them cell phones, smart phones or mobile devices, it seems like everyone has one. According to the wireless telecommunications industry, the U.S. now has an estimated 300 million mobile subscribers, compared to 110 million subscribers a decade ago. The increase in cell phone use has generated concern about possible health risks related to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from this technology, and a market for shields as possible protection against the radio waves the phones emit. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, has some practical tips to help you avoid scams and limit your exposure to electromagnetic emissions from your cell phone.
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to Miami-based healthcare technology company ER Texting, Inc., more hospitals are publicizing emergency room wait times through text messaging but for reasons that go beyond driving patient traffic.
Using ER Texting, patients can send a text message to a dedicated SMS short code (4ER411) and instantly receive a message in return which lists the emergency room wait times for participating hospitals in their area. The application enables patients to find hospitals with the shortest wait times using any mobile phone.
The EXTENSION Device Messaging solution addresses a number of communication challenges that hospitals and medical practices experience every day. EXTENSION Device Messaging enables individuals or groups to receive secure, non-SMS, text-based messages on their preferred end device. It also quietly connects users in the hospital’s communications network, which ensures critical information is delivered quickly and effectively regardless of the recipient’s location.
Individual or Group Messaging
Pre-defined or Custom Messaging
Interactive Messaging – instant, two-way communication
New integrated solution enables clinicians to text message each other directly from the Amion online scheduling through a secure, private mobile network provided by TigerText
June 15, 2011 (Santa Monica, CA) – TigerText, Inc, the worldwide leader in private mobile messaging for consumers and healthcare organizations, today announced its integration with Amion’s industry leading physician and hospital-wide scheduling software. More than 5000 physician groups, residency programs and hospitals currently use Amion’s scheduling service that enables hospital staff to view assignments, submit special requests, swap shifts online and page on-call staff. Now with TigerText, these same customers can enable a private, secure and compliant text messaging network with their existing computers and smartphones. TigerText provides clinicians and administrators with an easy-to-implement solution to increase workflow and reduce risk.
The Nebraska Medical Center becomes first academic hospital to use iPhones to improve nurse communication
SARASOTA, Fla. June 14, 2011 – Nurses and clinicians at The Nebraska Medical Center, the state’s largest health care facility, will soon be using iPhones to improve their communication and increase efficiency, thanks to Voalté’s first-of-its-kind integrated communication solution. The Nebraska Medical Center is the first academic-based medical center in the country to implement the Voalté solution.
Voalté, an application that consolidates voice, alarm and text on the versatile iPhone platform, was selected by the Medical Center after a year-long mobile technology review and assessment of legacy handsets and voice badges.
Free Webinar: Texting Illegally? How Secure Messaging Increases Physician Satisfaction and Keeps You HIPAA Compliant
Dr. James French, Executive Director, Triad Hospitalists at Moses Cone Health System
Date: June 15, 2011
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Free Webinar for iHT2 Constituents
It’s the most illegal activity taking place in hospitals today. But enough about texting. Dr. James French, Executive Director, Triad Hospitalists at Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, N.C, examines the three simple things his hospital did to improve communication, increase physician satisfaction, and maintain HIPAA compliance using the existing Smartphones nurses and doctors carry in the pockets every day. Every medical practitioner, healthcare executive or hospital administrator should sign up for this lively and informative presentation by one of Healthcare's true visionaries.
A new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages advising people how to protect their health after a disaster is now available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These messages support state and local emergency managers in disaster response. Residents should contact their local emergency management agency to find out it text message alerts are available in their area and to register.
Right now, you can choose among 3 Android smartphones on Verizon that run on the 4G LTE network:
Revolution™ by LG
DROID CHARGE by Samsung
ThunderBolt™ by HTC
Based on the number of reviews, the ThunderBolt™ by HTC is the most popular 4G smartphone on Verizon. It was also the first. Although Motorola recently announced the Droid X2, this smartphone is not a 4G smartphone. I wonder why Motorola hasn't come out with a 4G LTE smartphone yet.
Battery life is still a big problem with these early 4G smartphones. That's why I run my ThunderBolt on 3G mode most of the time.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (June 7, 2011) – Eighty-three per cent of governments surveyed report at least one use of mobile phones to support health activities in their country, yet the majority of mHealth activities are limited in size and scope, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report launched today with support from the mHealth Alliance, the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation at the GSMA and mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit.
If you're using an older Windows Mobile device, pay attention. I received this email from Microsoft the other day:
Shut-down of Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site and My Phone Service Notification
June 8, 2011
Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:
Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x. We will also be discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site. Because you may be affected, please review the details below:
Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site To Be Discontinued
The Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site at http://marketplace.windowsphone.com will no longer be available starting on July 15, 2011. After July 15, 2011, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x phones via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.
The Windows Marketplace for Mobile service will continue to be available on your phone, however. You will continue to be able to browse, buy and download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x on your phone.
Sprint’s open approach, network flexibility and proven execution reduces costs, extends accessibility and enhances overall effectiveness of health care
Overland Park, Kan. – June 8, 2011 – How does a wireless carrier make health care delivery more cost efficient and patient friendly? By enabling mobile applications and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, Sprint (NYSE: S) is on the forefront of telemedicine. The driver of Sprint’s innovation is its “open” strategy, providing opportunities for developers to create innovative applications and solutions for the medical community. It also encourages third-party development, streamlines the process of certifying a product on the network and increases the speed a company can get its product to market.
The BabyTime Contraction Timer is an app that helps you time your contractions.
Just tap the start button to begin timing; tap it again to stop. The app records duration and time between each contraction.
-Call your provider with one tap
-A GPS map with directions from where you are to the Vanderbilt labor/delivery entrance
-A contact list to notify family and friends
-FAQs for what to do if your water breaks, if you're having false labor, what to bring with you to the hospital, and more
The BabyTime Contraction Timer is by Vanderbilt University. You can find it on the iTunes app store here.
The HP Veer 4G is the smallest 4G smartphone and it's on the AT&T network. It looks like a mini Palm Pre.
HP Veer gives you an advanced browser and 4G speeds for a fantastic web experience. Notifications instantly display messages, reminders, and Facebook® updates. And there are thousands of popular apps at your fingertips. Plus a full keyboard for firing off messages and a vivid touchscreen that responds to your gestures. Never before has a smartphone done so much and felt so small.
The Veer runs HP webOS (previously known as Palm webOS). By the way, did you notice that the URL Palm.com no longer exists? It redirects to hpwebos.com now.
There's an interesting conversation over at WEGO Health about physicians who prescribe mobile health apps for patients. The discussion is titled, "Has Your Doctor Prescribed a Mobile Health App?"
Does your doctor know which mobile apps could help you with disease self management? Does your doctor know which mobile apps you should be using? Whether you have migraines or diabetes, perhaps there are mobile apps that can help you manage your health condition.
Physicians and other health care professionals should be familiar with mobile apps that patients may be using. After all, there could be an app that has misleading or incorrect health information.
Genentech’s BioOncology iPad application provides all health care professionals with free access to the latest oncology news, resources and innovation.
Key features include:
-Research: Learn more about Genentech’s innovative compounds designed to target cancer through specific molecular processes
-Clinical Trials: Find Genentech and non-Genentech clinical trials based on tumor type, and access details including de¬sign summary, outcome measures and protocol entry criteria
-News: Read up-to-date oncology news from Reuters
-Useful Links: Access associations & societies, medical databases, and Genentech support services
-Conferences: Search for popular oncology-related U.S. and international conferences
-Grants, Contributions, and Fellowships: Link to a wide range of Genentech-sponsored opportunities for organizations as well as individuals
-Polls: Participate in oncology-related polls and view live results
Over the weekend, my eBay auction ended and I sold an old Droid X for approximately $200. The phone is in excellent condition and it's still under warranty, so someone is getting a really good phone. The normal retail price for the Droid X is currently $399.99 (although you can get it for $149.99 if you sign up as a new customer).
Do you have an old phone laying around? Sell it on eBay and use that money towards a new phone.
Most provider institutions are struggling with policy setting related to the new phenomenon called mHealth. More and more of their clinicians are using smartphones on a daily basis - to access, document, or transmit patient-related information, as well as to confer with their colleagues and to consult online resources through the Internet or mobile apps. Some provider organizations are buying iPhones, iPads, and/or other mDevices for their nurses and physicians. Others are providing funding. Others are allowing clinicians to select and use their own mDevices. But what about policies for mHealth?
Come to mHealth Initiative's policy workshop for brainstorming and policy guidance about the utilization of smartphones and other mobile devices in healthcare.
Policy Workshop for Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices in Healthcare
10 am - 4 pm - June 21, 2011 - Boston, MA
Here you will have the opportunity to address:
Integrating mDevices and apps into the workflow
Legal concerns related to smartphones in your organization: liabilities, obligations, HIPAA requirements, etc.
What should be allowed? What should be restricted? How to integrate? Who should decide?
Marketing and efficiency benefits against potential risks
Revolutionizing internal communications with mDevices
New patient communication methods
Workshop chair: C. Peter Waegemann, President, mHealth Initiative
Have confidence in your clinical decisions! Check guidelines and evidence, consult expert opinion, brush up on rare conditions, and confirm that you are taking the correct course of action. Quick, easy access is ideal for clinicians, medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Authoritative information (from the BMJ Evidence Centre) is structured around the patient consultation, providing quick answers to questions about diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention. An instant second opinion, without the need for checking multiple resources.
Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of MedicalSmartphones.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations. Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.