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AT&T Debuts Secured Tablet and Secured Mobile Messaging Solutions for Healthcare

AT&T Debuts Secured Tablet and Secured Mobile Messaging Solutions for Healthcare | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

It was announced today that AT&T has launched two new initiatives aimed at helping healthcare organizations deploy secure tablet solutions and send secure messaging, all while adhering to strict HIPAA and other regulatory guidelines.The first solution being introduced is called “AT&T Managed Tablets,” which is touted as a “highly secure, end-to-end management solution bundling software and services with any tablet that is easy to purchase and deploy. AT&T’s aim with the new managed solution is to help healthcare organizations better regulate the use of tablets by “controlling their introduction into the networked environment, ensuring that the devices have the appropriate security capabilities and can be remotely wiped if the device becomes lost or stolen.”

The second offering being introduced is a new mobile messaging platform called “AT&T Global Smart Messaging Suite for Healthcare,” which supports HIPAA-compliant, encrypted outbound messaging using the “Mobile Enterprise Messaging Suite (MEMS) from Soprano. Soprano is a company that provides the back-end messaging infrastructure for mobile operators. It’s not yet known whether the solution AT&T is leveraging was built specifically for them or if it’s being offered to other mobile operators.

The new secure messaging solution combines two mobile applications; Cipher and a new app from AT&T aptly called “Secure Messaging.” Cipher enables the initial transmission of encrypted information while the new AT&T Secure Messaging application allows for the decryption of the message. The new platform is available across carriers and on any smartphone or select feature phones, according to the company.

“Text messaging is proving to be an effective way to engage patients in their care, improve patient satisfaction, and even improve clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar, Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare. “Messaging programs have great potential for providing low-cost, accessible, educational messaging to patients, and we look forward to additional applications of these powerful tools for reaching diverse and large patient populations.”

It was only a matter of time before mobile operators got on the secure messaging bandwagon but several questions still remain. Will AT&T, or Soprano for that matter, offer the secure messaging solution as an SDK or API to integrate into other mobile apps? Will people always be required to use these proprietary apps to send and receive the messages? We’ve reached out to AT&T for some clarification and will report back when we get a response. Stay tuned.

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Quantifying our lives will be a top trend of 2012

Quantifying our lives will be a top trend of 2012 | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
The Quantified Self is one of the big trends of 2012, as we noted in our recent summary of the Consumer Electronics Show.

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Should Nurses Be at the Forefront of Telehealth? | TopNews Arab Emirates

As per recent reports, it is being forecasted by medical officials from all over the region that the telehealth services being provided in the United Kingdom will soon attract more and more patients due to its constantly increasing fame and superior health care services provided by telehealth UK to all those patients who’ve ever taken benefit of it, though the number doesn’t stand massive at the moment.Earlier on Thursday, an announcement made by the Department of Health (DoH) recommended that telehealth services can effortlessly prove effective in bringing considerable advantages for users from all over the nation. In addition, the proclamation also backed the practise of using health and social care technologies for the sake of enhancing in excess of “three million lives” in Britain.

As the biggest fragment of the health care system, nurses are deployed at the vanguard of almost all amendments in the manner by which health care services are provided to people in the region. Therefore, the profession is certainly in need for being aware of the consequences it might posses on the current scenario, and it will surely play a vital role in making sure the inevitable scaling-up of the process is enhanced effectively for the sake of delivering better health care services.

In this regard, debates have frequently resulted in making the situation more and more complicated with the passage of time, which can be mainly attributable to the fact that there is a scarcity of clarity on account of definitions.

In various publications released by the DH of late, the term “telehealth” is employed for describing the most-apt use of remote patient monitoring that must more accurately be termed as “telemonitoring”.

However, the term “telemonitoring” has much more value to it than merely being a provider of remote patient monitoring services, as it can effectively embrace any sort of application of technology in realtion with remotely support healthcare and for the purpose of promoting general health and wellbeing of people in the nation. The benefits and use of telehealth services, as per the majority of health officials, is going to pick up the pace in near future as more and more people are becoming aware of the health advantages on offer for them at hand.

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D.C. cardiologist develops mobile app to speed diagnosis of heart attacks

D.C. cardiologist develops mobile app to speed diagnosis of heart attacks | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
In theory, the concept seems like a no-brainer for quickly determining if someone is having a heart attack: Use a smartphone, tablet or other device equipped with a camera to take video of the patient’s electrocardiogram, or ECG, which is typically used to diagnose heart attacks.
Then send that information in real time to doctors to make the diagnosis. With mobile networks, it takes two to three seconds. That’s much faster than the 10 minutes it normally takes for an emergency-room doctor to fax a printout to a cardiologist. And mobile is far superior to emergency medical services that still deliver ECG results to a hospital the old-fashioned way: by ambulance, along with the patient.

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Mass General Hospital deploys iPhones to nurses | mobihealthnews

Mass General Hospital deploys iPhones to nurses | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Following a research and test phase of Voalte’s iPhone-based voice, alarm, and text communication offering, Massachusetts General Hospital has begun to deploy iPhones to nurses in its newest hospital facility, the Lunder Building. Voalte says its system went head-to-head with VoIP and badge-based communications technologies during the pilot phase at MGH.Voalte’s offering combines high-definition voice calls, critical care alarms and presence-based text features and is intended for use by staff in acute care hospitals in the US and Canada — especially nurses. The company also bundles in medical reference information via a partnership with Epocrates. Voalte says the offering enables faster response to patient needs. Voalte’s list of customers includes Cedars-Sinai, Nebraska Medical Center, Texas Children’s, Heartland Health, Huntington Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial.

When it announced its deal with Cedars-Sinai last November, Voalte said it had added approximately 30 additional features to its offering related to workflow, delivery and support technology based on feedback from staff at Cedars.

In September Voalte rolled out Voalte Connect, a mobile device management (MDM) solution for hospital networks that leverages the AirWatch platform’s technology. The new service allows the company to remotely secure, monitor, manage and support mobile devices deployed across a hospital.

For more on the MGH deployment, read this press release below:

PRESS RELEASE Sarasota, Fla. — January 17, 2012: Voalté, the leader in innovative clinical communication technology and software for healthcare institutions announced its selection as the nursing communication choice for Massachusetts General Hospital. Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, Massachusetts General is rolling out the first of multiple phases of iPhones using Voalté’s consolidated voice, alarm, and text communication system.

The approval of Voalté’s system comes after Massachusetts General performed a thorough research and testing phase, placing Voalté in a head-to-head competition with other legacy VoIP and badge technologies. Voalté earned the approval after the system proved its reliability, versatility and ease of use, allowing nurses and clinicians to respond to patient needs faster and more efficiently.

“Since installation, Massachusetts General caregivers have seen immediate and citable efficiency gains,” said Teresa Anderson, Voalté’s chief nursing officer. “By providing better communication between clinicians and nurses, Voalté’s system significantly helps improve their care coordination.”

Massachusetts General is installing Voalté iPhones in the hospital’s newest facility, the Lunder Building. Voalté’s system allows nurses and clinicians to send and receive presence-based text messages, make high definition voice calls across the hospital Wi-Fi network, and receive critical care alarms on the iPhone.

“Massachusetts General is one of the country’s oldest and most respected hospitals with a long-standing commitment to patient safety,” said Trey Lauderdale, Voalté’s vice president of innovation. “This collaboration reconfirms our ongoing dedication to providing innovative technology to leading progressive hospitals. The hospital recognized that Voalté is the only vendor that has been able to successfully install and support large numbers of smartphones at the point of care. We are proud to be working with such a prestigious medical center. ”

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Mobile health trends and challenges in 2012 | mobihealthnews

Mobile health trends and challenges in 2012 | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

In a few weeks MobiHealthNews will host its first webinar of 2012, which will look at the trends that are set to dominate the year ahead. The online event, called 2012 Mobile Health Trends, will also include a sneak peek of what we expect to be the talk of the HIMSS 2012 event that takes place in Las Vegas next month.

Three years ago the buzz at HIMSS was that an electronic medical records (EMR) vendor had developed a smartphone app. Two years ago the industry wondered whether consumer-grade tablets would really find their way into clinical settings. Last year an overwhelming number of vendors showed off smartphone and tablet apps — or promised that such apps were in the works. While many were terminal apps with frustrating user interfaces, it became clear that mobile was now the platform of choice for physicians.

Following my presentation on mobile health trends — both consumer-facing and provider-centric — in 2012, Kony’s General Manager of mHealth, Aaron Kaufman will share his perspectives. We’ll be sure to save plenty of time for Q&A with attendees. The webinar begins at 2PM ET on February 9th.

Registration is complimentary — sign up today! (More details here.)

I’m also excited to share a new video report that we produced in collaboration with our friends at ListenIn Pictures. The short video, MobiHealthNews: Challenges for mHealth 2012, was shot on-location at the mHealth Summit this past December. It pulls from interviews with dozens of MobiHealthNews readers who shared their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing mHealth in 2012. The video frames some of the problems that mobile health services could help solve. It features a number of warnings and lessons learned from mHealth workers with experience in the field.

Watch our new video, MobiHealthNews: Challenges for mHealth 2012, after the jump.

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Mobile technology is transforming the health industry, but to what extent?

Mobile technology is transforming the health industry, but to what extent? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

'We appreciate the movement to empower consumers in healthcare, but as more and more startups, apps, devices, and services pop up in the space, how do we know which are safe, and which apps we can trust and let our children use?'


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5 Useful iPad Apps for Doctors, Patients and Med Students

5 Useful iPad Apps for Doctors, Patients and Med Students | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
What are the best apps that doctors are using to interact with and benefit patients?

 

The days are gone when a doctor walked into a patient’s room and grabbed the paper chart at the end of his bed to check his medical history. iPads and tablet computing have revolutionized the way many companies do business, and the medical field is no different. The sharp, intuitive displays and interactive content of tablets naturally make doctor’s visits a more collaborative process.

Currently, a competitive market is emerging for both software and hardware companies. Recently Apple hired a director of medical marketing, so it’s game on in this burgeoning sector. Plus, with $44,000 available in economic stimulus incentives via the HITECH Act, it’s no surprise that doctors are beginning to make the switch to digital.

Here’s a look at some apps that are being used in doctor’s offices and hospitals around the U.S. Have you seen any cool apps being used by your doctor that we missed? Share them with us in the comments.

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DailyTech - CES 2012: Qualcomm Announces $10M USD Tricorder X-Prize

DailyTech - CES 2012: Qualcomm Announces $10M USD Tricorder X-Prize | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Dr. Eric Topol, the chief academic officer of Scripps Health took to the stage with Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs, to talk ARM and smartphone's emerging roles as medical tools.

I. Ditch the Doctor, Get Technology

Dr. Jacobs isn't much of a fan of the traditional medical system, which he complain is "inefficient, bureaucratic, and at worst even inaccurate."

He points to the fact that it typically takes 21 days in the U.S. to just get a doctor's appointment, and then another 2 hours in the waiting room to see the doctor. As an alternative Qualcomm is pushing mobile self-diagnosis devices, which will help remove some of the reliance on unreliable medical professionals.

Dr. Topol -- author of the new book The Creative Destruction of Medicine -- had quite an exciting bag full of gadgets to back Dr. Jacobs claims. First he showed off a prototype of a hand-held, clip-on smartphone electrocardiogram (EKG) reader, made by Qualcomm-funded AliveCor. Apparently, Dr. Topol -- currently trialling the Alive Core device in the real world -- was able to use it to quickly diagnose that an airplane passenger having chest pains was having a heart attack, and not just indigestion. The airplane made an emergency landing, allowing the man's life to be saved.

The good doctor also showed off an Android widget that received real-time, continuous information from a glucose monitoring device. He also showed off a device from Sotera called Visi Wireless, which monitored in a non-intrusive way, continuously, as well as tracking other characteristics (blood oxygen, etc.) all from a slick watch package. Dr. Topol brags, "It's like an ICU on the wrist."

The Alive Core is seen here in hand, while the Visi Wireless blood-pressure and biometrics watch is seen worn on Dr. Topol's wrist.

Dr. Topol hinted that by using nanosensors you could detect a heart attack well in advance via certain cellular cues. The system could send a text message to your phone. Dr. Jacobs quipped, "That's one text message I don't want to get."

He wrapped up by showing a slick device from DNA Electronics that is a handheld DNA analyzer, capable of sequencing specific sequences of interest within seconds. Dr. Topol says he expects the device to soon be in the field at pharmacies, detecting genetic incompatibilities with certain medications, such as the heart medication Plavix.

II. Making the World's First "Real World Tricorder"

While Qualcomm clearly has its chips and loan dollars in a lot of interesting projects, the mobile chipmaker is stepping up its efforts to the next level with the "Tricorder X-Prize". The X-Prize follows successful X-Prize competitions for space travel, fuel efficiency, and oil spill cleanup -- competitions which produced solutions far superior to any existing ones.

The goal of the competition is to provide "self-diagnosis without the hospital."

The first team who can design a device capable of a broad self-diagnosis, while maintaining "fun" and "easy to use" design paradigms, will take home a check for $10M USD, courtesy of Qualcomm.

Of course it won't be a true Star Trek tricorder unless it can scan and diagnose you without touching the skin. But Qualcomm is allowing that to slide for now, for the sake of getting real products on the market.

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Mobile Health Apps Get More Personal and That Is OK With Users - MarketingVOX

Mobile Health Apps Get More Personal and That Is OK With Users - MarketingVOX | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Mobile health apps, or teleapps, are becoming more adept at capturing intimate medical knowledge of consumers, such as their blood pressure or sleep patterns.
Consumers don't seem to have concerns about providing this data over a mobile device for several reasons—a trend that bodes well for telehealth and casts further doubt on the effectiveness of some modes of health-related digital advertising.

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Government makes five year telehealth pledge

Government makes five year telehealth pledge | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Department of Health believes three million people could benefit from assistive technologies including telehealth and telecare...

The Department of Health has said that over the next five years it will work with industry, the NHS, social care and professional organisations so that people with long term illness can benefit from assistive technologies such as telehealth and telecare.

This further commitment to telehealth and telecare follows the visit by Paul Burstow, the care minister, to Cornwall to see the technologies in use.

Burstow said: "The trials of telehealth and telecare have shown how people with long term conditions can live more independently, reducing the time they have to spend in hospital and improving their quality of life.

"The feedback I have heard from people in Cornwall has been incredibly positive. They were absolutely clear that high-tech healthcare being used here has improved their lives for the better."

The minister said he wanted to see more people across the country benefiting from this sort of technology.

"That is why we are working with industry, the NHS and councils to change the lives of three million people across England over the next five years," he said.

This article is published by Guardian Professional. For updates on public sector IT, join the Government Computing Network here.

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'Google Flu Trends' A Powerful Early Warning System For Emergency Departments

'Google Flu Trends' A Powerful Early Warning System For Emergency Departments | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Monitoring Internet search traffic about influenza may prove to be a better way for hospital emergency rooms to prepare for a surge in sick patients compared to waiting for outdated government flu case reports. A report on the value of the Internet search tool for emergency departments, studied by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine over a 21-month period, is published in the January 9 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Tinké

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Good TINKÉ Comes In Small Package

Innovated to collect your information through a pair of sensing windows, TINKÉ combines diverse signal processing technologies to eliminate the limitation of an enclosure. TINKÉ was designed to fit your compact lifestyle.

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Intraoperative iPad App Shows Where The Internal Organs Are

Intraoperative iPad App Shows Where The Internal Organs Are | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

The German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg has developed an augmented reality iPad app, called “MITK pille”, that helps clinicians visualize internal body parts of patients while working on them. See for yourself in this great little video:

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MyMedicalRecords to Introduce Mobile Phone and Tablet App at HIMSS

MyMedicalRecords to Introduce Mobile Phone and Tablet App at HIMSS | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

MMRGlobal, Inc. has announced that it will debut its MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record and Emergency View portals as custom mobile and tablet apps for Android devices at the upcoming HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, February 20-24, in booth 2062 www.himssconference.org. The announcement comes just after the Company introduced its telemedicine portal this month with Alcatel-Lucent’s ng Connect at the Consumer Electronics Show.

MMRGlobal’s launch of the Android Personal Health Record applications marks a major step forward in the Company’s planned launch of its Web-based products and services on Verizon devices connected through Verizon’s Visual Voice Mail System, or an MMR Lifeline telephone number. The Company has already moved a significant portion of its Lifeline telecommunications network to Verizon where it currently is hosting more than 48,000 Lifelines.

The mobile app will feature the patented MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record in an intuitive, mobile-ready configuration along with icons to access MMR’s patented Emergency View. Using Verizon’s Visual Voice Mail, a user can use their cell phone number interchangeably with their MyMedicalRecords Lifeline number, making the Android app a comprehensive emergency health information network for the entire family.

In addition to receiving health information and other important documents by upload, fax or voice, the mobile app will enable the user to utilize their camera-equipped smartphone to take snapshots of images for seamless upload directly into the their MyMedicalRecords PHR account. The app will also enable the recording of video messages for communication of the patient’s health information, prescriptions, contraindications and more in the event of an emergency where the user cannot communicate with emergency personnel. Each MyMedicalRecords account also includes four password-protected “MyEsafeDepositBox” folders so that users can securely store uploaded receipts, insurance documents, wills, advance directives, financial records, tax returns and copies of other important documents such as a driver’s license or passport directly into the application at no additional charge. The new mobile app will be followed by apps for the iPhone and iPad.

The app will also have a voice signature login capability in addition to traditional touch screen interface. Also included in the app will be calendar and Rx reminder capability similar to those already in a MyMedicalRecords account. A “My Insurance” folder is being designed to speed up the admitting process in an emergency. All the features of the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record will be designed into the app, including direct faxing with its own dedicated fax number, or in the case of Verizon, linked to Verizon Visual Voice Mail. Also in development, along with the new Android app, is global search of an entire user’s account, including the contents of encrypted PDF files. An “Emergency Contacts” section features a list of phone numbers for emergency contacts. The App will also be designed to easily link to Internet research sites such as WebMD, iTriage, and the like. The Company believes that the combination of features and benefits combined with the telemedicine portal will make the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record the most advanced, fully-functional PHR in the market today.

Read more: http://emrdailynews.com/2012/01/23/mymedicalrecords-to-introduce-mobile-phone-and-tablet-app-at-himss/#ixzz1kJJdumUQ

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Mass General Hospital deploys iPhones to nurses | mobihealthnews

Mass General Hospital deploys iPhones to nurses | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Following a research and test phase of Voalte’s iPhone-based voice, alarm, and text communication offering, Massachusetts General Hospital has begun to deploy iPhones to nurses in its newest hospital facility, the Lunder Building. Voalte says its system went head-to-head with VoIP and badge-based communications technologies during the pilot phase at MGH.Voalte’s offering combines high-definition voice calls, critical care alarms and presence-based text features and is intended for use by staff in acute care hospitals in the US and Canada — especially nurses. The company also bundles in medical reference information via a partnership with Epocrates. Voalte says the offering enables faster response to patient needs. Voalte’s list of customers includes Cedars-Sinai, Nebraska Medical Center, Texas Children’s, Heartland Health, Huntington Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial.

When it announced its deal with Cedars-Sinai last November, Voalte said it had added approximately 30 additional features to its offering related to workflow, delivery and support technology based on feedback from staff at Cedars.

In September Voalte rolled out Voalte Connect, a mobile device management (MDM) solution for hospital networks that leverages the AirWatch platform’s technology. The new service allows the company to remotely secure, monitor, manage and support mobile devices deployed across a hospital.

For more on the MGH deployment, read this press release below:

PRESS RELEASE Sarasota, Fla. — January 17, 2012: Voalté, the leader in innovative clinical communication technology and software for healthcare institutions announced its selection as the nursing communication choice for Massachusetts General Hospital. Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, Massachusetts General is rolling out the first of multiple phases of iPhones using Voalté’s consolidated voice, alarm, and text communication system.

The approval of Voalté’s system comes after Massachusetts General performed a thorough research and testing phase, placing Voalté in a head-to-head competition with other legacy VoIP and badge technologies. Voalté earned the approval after the system proved its reliability, versatility and ease of use, allowing nurses and clinicians to respond to patient needs faster and more efficiently.

“Since installation, Massachusetts General caregivers have seen immediate and citable efficiency gains,” said Teresa Anderson, Voalté’s chief nursing officer. “By providing better communication between clinicians and nurses, Voalté’s system significantly helps improve their care coordination.”

Massachusetts General is installing Voalté iPhones in the hospital’s newest facility, the Lunder Building. Voalté’s system allows nurses and clinicians to send and receive presence-based text messages, make high definition voice calls across the hospital Wi-Fi network, and receive critical care alarms on the iPhone.

“Massachusetts General is one of the country’s oldest and most respected hospitals with a long-standing commitment to patient safety,” said Trey Lauderdale, Voalté’s vice president of innovation. “This collaboration reconfirms our ongoing dedication to providing innovative technology to leading progressive hospitals. The hospital recognized that Voalté is the only vendor that has been able to successfully install and support large numbers of smartphones at the point of care. We are proud to be working with such a prestigious medical center. ”

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The use of Skype (or VoIP) for medical consultations

The use of Skype (or VoIP) for medical consultations | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

'Two weeks ago I attended a face-to-face consultation at my local hospital which in itself lasted no more than 5 minutes. For it, I had to take half a day off work (travel forth and back, time spent walking forth and back from the car park, waiting time etc) , spent £5 on petrol, and £4 on car parking fees. Not to mention, the time it took to make up the hours and of course the freezing cold weather. I’m sure many of you can relate to this.

 

As I was driving home, I realised that had my consultant just dropped me a 5 minutes call, it would have saved so much time and hassle saved costs for me and the NHS too (they wouldn’t need multiple waiting areas, staff, cleaners and parking spaces!), which would result in increased productivity, cost savings and convenience for both the NHS and patients.'


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mHealth app market has best year yet, reaching $718 million in 2011

mHealth app market has best year yet, reaching $718 million in 2011 | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
By Tim Bredrup The market of mobile health services delivered via smart phone applications had its first year of substantial business in 2011, experiencing a sevenfold increase from the previous year.
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Is 2012 The Year Of Online Patients? - Healthcare - The Patient - Informationweek

Is 2012 The Year Of Online Patients? - Healthcare - The Patient - Informationweek | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Meaningful Use programs, healthcare reform, and the public's love of mobile devices could add up to patients finally getting fully involved in their own care.
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Helius intelligent medicine: High Street pharmacy offers pills with edible microchips to help doctors monitor patients' health

Helius intelligent medicine: High Street pharmacy offers pills with edible microchips to help doctors monitor patients' health | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Patients take their drugs along with an extra tablet embedded with a tiny edible sensor which sends information to a receiver on a patch worn on the shoulder or arm.
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Will 2012 be the year when telehealth takes off?

Will 2012 be the year when telehealth takes off? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Dick Vinegar, the Patient from Hell, continues his new year stocktake with a look at whether there was any progress in telehealth in 2011, and what lies ahead in 2012...
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Unprotected mobile devices place patient data at risk | Articles

Unprotected mobile devices place patient data at risk | Articles | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
In 2011, data breaches increased 32 percent, according to research from the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy.

An article in MDNews.com reports the Ponemon Institute research showed 49 percent of breaches were due to "lost or stolen computing devices," 46 percent because of "third-party incidents" and 41 percent due to "unintentional employee action."

The Institute's report does not list statistics specific to mobile devices, but acknowledges that "Widespread use of mobile devices is putting patient data at risk."

The risk, Ponemon says, is twofold with small and "easy to lose or misplace" mobile devices. They hold and allow access to data, and they provide access to electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

More than three-fourths of health care organizations studied said they use mobile devices, but almost half do nothing to protect them. Less than one-fourth encrypt the software.

What's one way to keep patient data safe? Web-based EMRs, says Robert Rowley, M.D., in an EHRBloggers.com article.

Rowley writes that the HIPAA risk is "greatly reduced" with Web-based EMRs, because personal health information (PHI) doesn't reside on a machine in the practice.

In his article, Rowley provides steps practices—large or small—can take to protect PHI, such as:

Having a security officer.Identifying where PHI resides.Reviewing access logs regularly and identifying suspicious activity.Educating staff about HIPAA.
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CES 2012: Measure Your Blood Sugar, Wirelessly - Forbes

CES 2012: Measure Your Blood Sugar, Wirelessly - Forbes | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
A wireless glucose meter reached the semi-finals in the "Last Gadget Standing" competition at CES, showcasing the growing consumer appeal of mobile health devices. Want more CES 2012 coverage? Check out our roundup of the best gadgets at the show.
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Telepresence - California Takes Giant Stride Towards Proliferation of Telemedicine with Governor Signing New Act

Telepresence - California Takes Giant Stride Towards Proliferation of Telemedicine with Governor Signing New Act | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

A new chapter was added to the California’s healthcare history, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 415, the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011. The new Act is likely to open the door for far-reaching expansion of telehealth services in California.

In recognition of the far-reaching importance of telehealthcare, the Assembly Member Dan Logue (R-Chico) initiated the bill. The bill drew support from the state's telehealth stakeholders and leaders and passed with no opposing votes in the legislature.

The new Act is believed to be a significant advancement over California's 1996 Telemedicine Development Act. Patients in rural and remote areas are to especially benefit from the new act.

Steve Barrow, executive director of CSRHA, however, maintained that the legislation is important not only for the people living in rural California, but all Californians. With dramatic advancement in technology, people will no longer need to wait for specialty care or leave home for long trips to get care, Barrow pointed out.

According the press release, the act expands the range of telehealth services. The Act encourages the expansion in the list of telehealth provider by including all licensed healthcare professionals. The Act makes it easier for the California hospitals to establish medical credentials for telehealth providers.

The California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA), sponsor of the bill, worked in collaboration with the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP), the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC), the California Telehealth Network (CTN) and many other health care organizations in the state, including the CCHP Telehealth Model Statute Work Group, to make crucial recommendations for the new bill.

“California has long been a national leader in the adoption and development of telehealth, and we are pleased that Governor Brown and Assemblyman Logue have acknowledged the incredible opportunity we have to revolutionize access to healthcare in our state. This new act enables healthcare providers to take better advantage of telehealth technology for preventative and specialized care that will save and enhance the lives of many Californians,” Executive Director of CTEC Christine Martin noted in a statement.

The American Telemedicine Association (News - Alert) (ATA), an organization which promotes remote healthcare technologies, few months back launched the ATA Mobile Health (mHealth) and ATA Student Member Discussion Groups to provide a forum to study and solve issues related to mHealth.

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What makes a mobile health project successfuly grow? What causes so many m-health projects to wither or fail? And what can practitioners learn from existing m-health projects to build growth into programs for the future? "Scaling Up Mobile Health: Elements Necessary for the Successful Scale Up of mHealth in Developing Countries" examines these questions by looking at nine case studies on successful mobile health projects and pulling out the key strategies that led to successful growth.

The case studies cover a wide array of health issues, including maternal and early childhood health (ChildCount+, Pesinet, Project Mwana, Tele Salud), medication stocking and verification (mPedigree, SMS for Life), disease outbreak monitoring (mTRAC), and HIV/AIDS awareness (SMS for Health, Txt Alert); the report details how the projects deal with issues like local buy-in, scale, and sustainability. "Scaling Up Mobile Health" is broken up into three sections: case studies, best practices, and recommendations for future m-health projects.

The main lessons from the report focus on what has worked within the highlighted case studies and what is needed for future m-health projects to be successful. Below is a summary of the key points and takeaways from the report:

Building local capacity and fostering local buy-in are linked; encouraging in-country design and use gives a sense of ownership to users and makes it easier to resolve tech problems.Plan for scale and sustainability from the start rather than building only for a small area/sample size. It will be hard to expand if there isn't the technology, money, or support to continue the project.Learn what's worked before: what problems have similar projects faced? How did they resolve them? Learning from previous experiences can stop the cycle of failure and can increase the chance of a new project's success.Design the project with the end user in mind. It must work within the local context, including being user-friendly and cost-effective. Working with end users during the design and development process ensures that the project will reflect what they want and need and will encourage ownership among users.Align the project with local and national programs, and integrate it with existing healthcare structures. Collaborating with local implementers can also help increase buy-in from the community because it shows the project is engaging with the community. There is a need for partnerships, both with private industries (like telecoms) and government partners.Build the project with a business model in mind – how will it grow? How will it be marketed and promoted within the community and among users? What does it need to go to scale and become sustainable?Set clear goals and plan for regular monitoring and evaluation. Early monitoring and evaluation can identify problems and missteps before they derail a project.

The report provides a roadmap for mobile health projects. Repeating failures and continually launching unsustainable and unscalable projects wastes time and money; "Scaling Up Mobile Health: Elements Necessary for the Successful Scale Up of mHealth in Developing Countries" highlights the best practices that have led to long-term, well-received, mobile health initiatives.

 

MobileActive.org has covered several of the organizations in the report. Check out our mDirectory for coverage on ChildCount+, Pesinet, mPedigree, mTrac, and TxtAlert.

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