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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

Survey: 83% of physicians use mobile devices Physicians across the practice setting spectrum are adopting mobile technology at a rapid rate, according to a recent study from QuantiaMD. Eighty-three percent of responding physicians reported that they own a mobile device capable of downloading applications and 44 percent of those who do not have a mobile device intend to purchase one in 2011.
Wireless experts discuss future of Body Area Networks
WORCESTER, MASS.--Body Area Networks (BANs) are increasingly used for a wide variety of applications, from the healthcare technology field, to use by rescue personnel, the military and NASA. In the medical field, BANs can be utilized for physiological health monitoringsuch as primary vital signs, heart rate, respiration, as well as internal and external body temperaturesand the future potential of the technology is promising.
Study: Robotic telemedicine in NICU feasible, safe A remote-controlled, robotic telemedicine system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is feasible and safe, according to a research published in the May editiion of Journal of Perinatology.
Onrad hires new CTO Teleradiology provider Onrad has promoted Jesse Salen, its vice president of technology from 2007 to 2010, as its new chief technology officer (CTO).
SleepBot ices IOM-NAE challenge competition SleepBot, an app that charts and benchmarks users' sleep habits against potential threats associated with sleep deprivation, claimed the top prize in the Go Viral to Improve Health: Institute of Medicine (IOM)-National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Health Data Collegiate Challenge.
SIIM: Siemens showcases mobile syngo technology Siemens Healthcare demonstrated a range of clinical and mobile imaging IT systems as part of its syngo suite at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), June 2 through 5, in Washington, D.C.
CSC: Telemedicine could answer healthcare challenges As global healthcare reform continues to change approaches to providing quality care, research has shown that implementing telemedicine models in the hospital setting can achieve desirable results. In a recent report, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) outlined ways in which the technology is addressing healthcare challenges, as well as telemedicines barriers and recommendations for overcoming them.
JAMA: Tele-ICUs may lower mortality, length of stay
Telemedicine has been touted as a promising strategy to increase the efficiency of ICUs. While patients needs and costs of adult critical care continue to rise, the benefits of a tele-ICU intervention may be associated with lower mortality and shorter length of stay, in addition to stricter adherence to best practices, according to a study published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nightingale, ExpeData ink digital pen integration deal Nightingale Informatix has partnered with ExpeData to launch Clinipen, an integrated digital writing tool that healthcare providers can use to input structured data into a patient's EMR directly from paper.
CDW: Cloud computing gains ground in healthcare One-third of healthcare organizations responding to a CDW survey said they are implementing or maintaining cloud-based systems, just ahead of respondents in government but behind higher education and large businesses.