Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) News Roundup

mHealth: FDA approves incredibly cost-effective mobile ultrasound By combining the computing power of Microsoft smartphones with a reasonably small hardware add-on, Seattle-based Mobisante is releasing what is perhaps the cheapest ultrasound system in the world –  and it has just been approved by the FDA.  MobiUS is the name of the product. When you buy …   Read More

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mHealth: FDA approves incredibly cost-effective mobile ultrasound

By combining the computing power of Microsoft smartphones with a reasonably small hardware add-on, Seattle-based Mobisante is releasing what is perhaps the cheapest ultrasound system in the world –  and it has just been approved by the FDA.  MobiUS is the name of the product. When you buy it, you get a TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone. It comes with an ultrasound probe attached, and MobiSante’s software on-board. The entire system will cost less than $10k  – in an industry where the average ultrasound unit retails for between $20k and $100k.

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FDA clears first diagnostic radiology app, Mobile MIM

Mobile MIM was one of the very first medical applications to debut in Apple’s AppStore when it first launched in 2008, but the application also has the distinction of being the first medical application pulled from the store because of regulatory concerns. Today those concerns are over: The US Food and Drug Administration has officially granted the mobile radiology application a 510(k) clearance.  The app enables clinicians to measure distance, intensity values, display measurement lines, annotations and regions of interest. The images are securely transferred to the app from a hospital or physician’s office through a secure network transfer facilitated by MIM.

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WebMD launches Medscape for iPad, Android

WebMD may be sewing up its dominance in the smartphone-enabled clinical education space, launching two new versions of its Medscape Mobile product for iPads and Android phones. This comes more than seven months after the company’s initial foray into the iPad market, and nearly a year and a half after Medscape launched its iPhone mobile service.  That’s in addition to existing apps already working on iPhones and Blackberry devices. Total users so far: 700,000, a number WebMD indicates should skyrocket with the addition of iPad and Android platforms. The mobile version of Medscape already was named the “most downloaded” free medical app last year by Apple.

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Mobile Health Startup Massive Health Gains $2.25 Million

Massive Health, a Dogpatch Labs startup co-founded by former Firefox Creative lead Aza Raskin and Sutha Kamal, just announced $2.25 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Felicis VC, Greylock Discovery Fund and Mohr Davidow Ventures as well as unnamed angel investors.  In the same mobile health space as apps like Nike + and Jane McGonigal’s Social Chocolate, Massive Health aims to bring “the kind of innovation we expect from the Internet world to healthcare.” The co-founders write on their blog that they aim to incorporate elements of crowd-sourcing, game mechanics and social networking into helping someone stay healthy, “We are talking about tight feedback loops and deep insight into the interface which is your body.”

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Five mobile security tips for hospitals

During a recent interview with Becker’s Hospital Review, Dr. Barry Chaiken, the former chair of HIMSS and now chief medical officer for Imprivata, shared five tips for hospitals still trying to formulate a security strategy for the mobile devices their physicians, nurses and other staff are increasingly using. If you’re not familiar, Imprivata is a security solutions provider. While these are very high-level strategies, Chaiken’s list should be heeded. Security issues are more often than not an under-discussed issue in mobile health, especially for healthcare professional users.

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  1. Roy C Lachance CEO

    My organization takes heed constantly on innovation that will improve workflow and clinical outcomes. Breakthrough technological innovation comes in many forms, but key to the future of healthcare are those innovators such as our organization that delivers disruptive holistic medical technology innovation that impacts the performance levels of the medical professional, patient results, cost savings and strong adoption by the insurers. The next great innovation will come as a tablet that will deliver actionable critical vital sign data for analysis that will improve the decision cycle thus improving clinical outcomes. The other piece the tablet with well design technical specifications will be the diagnostic device of the future. Consoldating many of todays standalone technology solutions into one single powerful solution that meets and exceeds the medical communities criteria and expectations is just around the corner.

    Sincerely
    Roy C Lachance CEO
    TASCORP Technology Inc
    Victoria, BC Canada
    1-250-483-4336

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