Thursday, July 29, 2010

Smartphone Use Increases, But Physicians Still on Information Overload

A recently released report shows that 94% of physicians use smartphones to improve communication and collaboration with colleagues, streamline productivity, and improve patient care. However, they told interviewers that they were still overwhelmed by the amount of information and incoming messages from colleagues and others. Fifty-six percent said they were concerned about lack of standardization in transitioning care between colleagues....More

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Medical and Health Apps for Consumers

Many doctors are concerned about the potential for misinformation in the fast-growing market for consumer medical apps. Some organizations, including Consumer Reports, and doctors now provide guidance to the ones that are best. MORE....

Researchers Study Impact of Mobile Medicine on Patient Outcomes

Dr Richard Katz of George Washington University and other researchers are examining whether cell phone-based programs or simple text messaging to cell phones can improve disease management and health. Mobile phones can link providers to patients for feedback, alerts, or information related to medications or other ongoing needs. MORE...

Unbound Medicine Adds Grasp™ Study System to Unbound™ Platform

Unbound Medicine has enhanced its platform with a customizable study system, Grasp, tools for quick term or drug lookup within a web page, and automated custom alerts deliverable to mobile devices. All are included in the newest release of Nursing Central, a mobile and web application for nurses with integrated drug, disease, diagnostic testing, and literature alerts. MORE....

Monday, July 12, 2010

Increased Use of Cell Phones Shown in CDC Study

CDC has issued an early report of findings from the National Health Interview Survey with estimates of wireless use in US households compared to telephone "land lines." During the study period, July-December 2009, American homes with only wireless telephones continued to grow to approximately 25% of all households, an increase of 1.8% compared to the first half of 2009. Another 15% of homes had a land line, but received most or all calls on cell phones. MORE....

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Market for Mobile Devices in Healthcare to Grow in 20009

InformationWeek reports on a study from Kalorama Information noting that the healthcare industry is among the fastest growing handheld device markets. They predict growth of $8.8 billion, up by 7%. Most active segments are mobile monitoring and devices used in the workflow of patient care...MORE