Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) News Roundup

Study: Mobile video can boost first aid situations Researchers at the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway recently tested the merits of 3G mobile video calling in emergency situations. The researchers took 180 high school students and had them perform emergency first aid in simulated cardiac arrest situations …   Read More

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Study: Mobile video can boost first aid situations

Researchers at the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway recently tested the merits of 3G mobile video calling in emergency situations. The researchers took 180 high school students and had them perform emergency first aid in simulated cardiac arrest situations with the aid of experienced medical staff providing guidance over the phone.  They split the students into two groups–one where students received voice instructions and the other where they received instructions through a video call.

The researchers surveyed the students after the simulation and found that the majority of the students in both groups thought the video calls were superior to the audio-only calls. The survey found that video call instructions boosted the confidence of lay rescuers because of the added visual contact and video supervision provided by the new medium.

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MedHelp — World’s Largest Social Health Network — Passes 1 Million Health Application Users

MedHelp, the world’s largest health social network, today announced that since the launch of its extensive suite of online and mobile tools and trackers in 2008, the site has secured 1 million health application users, making MedHelp the largest database of self-reported medical data. A leader in the online and mobile health space, MedHelp has grown 12-fold since 2006, reaching 12.5 million unique visitors a month.

This robust set of integrated tools, which covers hundreds of conditions, ranging from wellness tools, such as ovulation and weight trackers, to condition-specific tools, such as thyroid disorder and autoimmune disorder trackers, allows MedHelp’s users to create a full, data-rich and comprehensive view of their health. This information is combined with medical profile information entered by the user to form a personal health record, which is accessible both online and through mobile devices, and can be shared with healthcare providers and caregivers, allowing for more effective communication and more active patient engagement during doctor visits. It can also be a very helpful way for a person to record and share health information after medical procedures or hospital stays.

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Hospitals won’t ever go completely wireless

Last month Aruba Networks, one of the big enterprise wireless networking vendors, added device access control specifically for Apple iOS devices to help hospital IT departments and other CIOs to better manage the growing number of Apple devices finding their way into hospitals and the enterprise.  Aruba customer Boston Medical Center plans to institute a “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work policy because of the high interest among its healthcare workers in using their personal iPads on-site.

“We are about to open up our BYOD to work and the iPad is the driver of that,” Boston Medical Center’s manager of data, voice, and security networks Lee Cullivan wrote in an email. ”[The iPad] will be our first non-hospital supported mobile device officially allowed on the network.”

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OhioHealth is latest hospital to release own smartphone app

OhioHealth of Columbus has become the latest hospital to release its own smartphone application, recently rolling out a women’s health app that aims to connect patients with their obstetric and gynecological caregivers.  The Duet Health app provides expectant mothers with text, images and videos about all aspects of their pregnancies, from appointment reminders to screening test explanations, according to a statement from OhioHealth.  The app was created by Columbus-based mobile health developer eProximiti and is available as a free download from the iTunes store or the Android Marketplace.

About 60 patients began testing the app in March. OhioHealth expects to roll it out to all obstetric patients this month.  “This is something that empowers patients to be more informed when they arrive for their office visits,” said Dr. Andrew Bokor, one of the first physicians to offer the application to his patients. “I don’t think there is any way it won’t improve the quality of women’s healthcare and outcomes.”

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The 9 wireless health investments so far this year

In the short three months since 2011 began already investors have announced or disclosed to the SEC nine investments in various mobile and wireless health startups. More than a year ago we tallied up the 15 venture capital deals announced during all of 2009. Clearly investment in mobile health and interest has come a long way since then — this year also saw the planned launch of Rock Health Fund, an incubator for medical app startups.

We just put the finishing touches on our newest paid research report: Mobile Health Q1 2011 State of the Industry, which includes a round-up of the most important news and announcements from healthcare providers, payors, mobile operators, pharma companies, regulators, investors, research firms and more. Here’s a look at the round-up of investment deals we covered during the first quarter of 2011 in order of deal size:

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Identive’s business unit awarded orders for 10,000 eHealth Terminals

Identive Group Inc. shares are rallying in today’s trading after the company’s business unit won orders for more than 10,000 German eHealth Terminals.  SCM Microsystems, a business unit of Identive, announced that it has been awarded the first orders for 10,000 eHealth terminals to support the re-launch of the electronic health card program in Germany. SCM already commenced shipping of both its eHealth200 desktop and eHealth500 mobile health card terminals for the program.

Dr. Manfred Mueller, CEO of SCM Microsystems, said that from the start, the company worked closely with the German security and healthcare industries to develop eHealth terminals that address the needs of doctors, patients and all others affected by the rollout of the electronic health card in Germany.

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Connecting Wireless, Mobile and the Future of Healthcare: Healthcare Honchos Address Issues Head-on

How will advances in mobile technology improve access to healthcare in the U.S. and globally? What role will wireless technology play in improving productivity in healthcare? Will the new regulations outlined recently by the Health and Human Services department regarding Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) play a role? Wireless and mobile healthcare may well form the basis for new methods of healthcare delivery—for instance, “to treat an individual patient across care settings—including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities” (CMS Office of Media Affairs).

These and other wireless healthcare issues are to be the star subjects of the Convergence Summit, a three-day event to be held May 10-12, 2011 in San Diego, hosted by the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) and its partner TripleTree, LLC.

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