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FDA Device Surveillance to Tap App

From online.wsj.com

The FDA is creating a largely automated surveillance system to monitor safety of high-risk medical devices, and has authorized a cellphone app for doctors to simplify reporting deaths and injuries to the agency.
Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:25 PM

"There's an app for that."  Physicians are often criticized for not doing a better job reporting adverse events and this is largely because the method for reporting to the FDA has been burdensome and difficult. An easy to use reporting strategy from a smartphone will increase my reporting dramatically.  The speed of reporting and analysis by FDA for actionable items should be significantly shortened.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's comment, April 24, 2013 4:27 PM
#app, medical app, #chealth, #mHealth, FDA, adverse event reporting, Bilazarian

Grapevine beats online: Web ratings aren't key in choosing doctor

From www.modernphysician.com

Geography and physician referral still top the Internet when it comes to patients' healthcare choices, but insurance coverage is by far the biggest driver when it comes to parents choosing a doctor for their children, according to a new national survey.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, February 20, 2013 2:55 PM

This is very sobering for enthusiasts of online rating since this survey is for selection of pediatrician. The population of "choosers" being tested here is largely young mothers who have a very high penetration of internet use and may be using digital sources of the grapevine (like Facebook) over the rating services.  I w ould think the reported effect would be even more pronouned if tested in a population of senior citizens.

Smartphone images measure up to desktop views in neurology study

From www.physbiztech.com

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have given a boost to telemedicine proponents with the publication of a new study that highlights smartphones' efficacy and quality in capturing medical images to evaluate stroke patients.  The study, published in the September issue of Stroke is the first to test the effectiveness of smartphone teleradiology applications in a real-world telestroke network, according to Mayo Clinic officials.

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Health System Waste Tallied - Report and Infographic from Institute of Medicine

From www.iom.edu

Infographic has harsh data on use of information technology, making healthcare safer & more transparent and collaborative between providers and patients.

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Summary from NY Times: The health care system squanders $750 billion a year, 30 cents of every medical dollar, through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste.  Controlling health care costs is one of the keys to reducing the deficit. The report came from an 18-member panel of experts, including doctors, business people and public officials.

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Your Car as Your Doctor

From www.dicardiology.com

Ford is developing a car seat capable of monitoring drivers’ ECG to provide real-time health information and alerts of imminent cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack or arrhythmias.

My comment=> The technology is evolving rapidly.  How this will compete with or integrate with mobile devices and wearable monitoring devices remains to be seen.  The auto industry has had reasonable commercial success integrateing technology for entertainement purposes and also new safety technologies.  This health monitoring approach seems like a commercial gimmick, but might help sell cars.  i can envision the marketing of the speeding car with tachometer and heart rate monitor displayed side by side.

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New iPhone app can detect atrial fibrillation

From www.telegram.com

Take Home: UMass Medical School and WPI have developed an app that can detect atrial fibrillation.  This moves connected and mobile health closer to reality.  The really important development with this approch might allow us to treat patients who have AF intermittently (paroxysmal) differently than we currently do.  Because we are worried about stroke, patietns now get blood thinners all the time because we are concerned that they will have recurrences without knowing about it.  With this technology, in the future, we might see validation of a strategy that allows use of blood thinners when patients are in AF only, sometimes called a pill in the pocket.

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