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Mobile & Telehealth


Researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research found a smartphone app to be a potential tool in detecting surgical site infections (SSI) and preventing additional hospital admissions. Findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Telemonitoring can help manage patients with heart failure, but evaluating its true impact can be difficult. In response, researchers examined previous studies to establish criteria, which were divided into six classes: dimensions: clinical, economic, user perspective, educational, organizational, and technical. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

A psychoeducational tool identifies patients at risk for an opioid overdose but fails to motivate them to change their behavior. Findings are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

A telehealth-based weight loss program utilizing a health coach through video conferencing could result in loss of over 5 percent of initial body weight in six months. Findings are published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Communication between patient and physician is the foundation in building a close relationship—and cell phones have become the favored tool in clinical communication, according to a study published in European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare.


Recent Headlines

Philips debuts wearable monitor Royal Philips Electronics has released IntelliVue MX40, a new wearable monitor for ambulatory patients and those in transit. 
NEJM: In case of emergency, tweet Engaging with and using emerging social media may place the emergency management community, including medical and public health professionals, in a better position to respond to disasters, according to a perspective published July 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
DrChrono offering M*Modal tech on iPad app Speech recognition software developer M*Modal has announced that DrChrono, publisher of point-of-care and practice management software, is offering the companys speech recognition technology as part of DrChronos iPad EHR app.
E-Prescribing Federal Incentives Are Driving Adoption As of the end of 2010, 25 percent of prescriptions were transmitted electronicallyup from almost none in 2004. Simply put, e-prescribing is well on its way to becoming a mainstream practice.
ADP AdvancedMD enhances its cloud-based EHR ADP AdvancedMD has unveiled AdvancedMD EHR 2011 Summer Release, which includes features to streamline meaningful use compliance and simplify a patient's ability to interact securely online with healthcare providers.
Mayo Clinic launches social network Mayo Clinic has established an online social network to connect its patients and caregivers with others who share similar health interests.
Extension enters Android market Healthcare software developer Extension is now offering context-aware clinical alerts and notification tools to the Android market.
Board dissolves ICQV, endorses AMGA Leaders of the Institute for Clinical Quality and Value (ICQV) dissolved the organization effective June 30 and endorsed the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) as an alternative venue for members to share clinical integration ideas, experiences and best practices to improve clinical quality and efficiency.
Ascom, Enterasys partner on 802.11n VoWiFi for healthcare Ascom Wireless Solutions, supplier of onsite mobile mission-critical communications, and Enterasys Networks, provider of wired and wireless network infrastructure and security tools, have certified interoperability between the Ascom i62 Voice-over-WiFi handset and the Enterasys 3600 series wireless access points.
Georgia researchers develop Parkinson's iPhone app Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have developed iTrem, an app that lets those with Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions use their iPhone to collect data on hand and arm tremors and relay the results to clinicians.