Medical Devices Mobilize

At the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, Fla., a variety of new services and technologies were introduced.

One major barrier to health care reform is making patients physically visit a doctor.

Smartphone apps could change that, giving you a doc in your pocket.

  • FotoFinder unveiled its handyscope for identifying skin cancer. The handyscope is an attachment to an iPhone, and it lets a dermatologist magnify a spot on a patient’s skin and snap a photo to send off to a specialist for analyzing. The gadget costs $1,590.
  • The U.K. government helped fund a project to develop a smartphone-based test for sexually transmitted diseases. The plan is to make an inexpensive chip with chemical sensors that could plug into the USB port on a phone.
  • The iStethoscope may not be as sensitive as the real thing – you place the phone’s microphone over your heart and it counts your heartbeats
  • A blood pressure gauge attaches to an iPhone and records readings.
  • Fitbit is a tiny motion-sensing device that keeps track of how many calories you burn during the day.
  • Mobisante wants to change the way ultrasound is delivered, reports TechFlash. It utilizes an iPhone for mobile scanning and to transmit ultrasound images from patients in remote areas to hospitals.
  • SeeMyRadiology.com introduced an extended Web API (application programming interface) for its popular Internet-based, real time medical image sharing platform. From uploading and archiving image files and related data to exam viewing and sharing—all advanced SeeMyRadiology.com functionalities can now be integrated seamlessly into other server- or cloud-based systems.
  • Avaya’s communications management system will support smartphones and tablets in addition to a hospital’s WLAN devices
  • Cisco and GE Healthcare announced today that wireless networking technology from Cisco will be integrated with the AgileTrac process management and asset tracking software that GE developed for the health care industry. The health care sector can now leverage one common console to manage disparate types of wireless networks.
  • Sprint is partnering with IDEAL LIFE to include embedded wireless devices. The companies will develop, certify and co-market a version of the IDEAL LIFE hub to transmit health data over the Nationwide Sprint Network.
  • Verizon Wireless and Zipit Wireless introduced the Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution, a two-way paging system. The device operates on Verizon Wireless’ nationwide 3G network and Wi-Fi networks to provide the broadest possible coverage to ensure that messages get delivered. It is said to overcome a limitation with existing pager solutions: the inability to confirm that a message has been sent, delivered to the device and read by the intended recipients.
  • Siemens Healthcare will begin demonstrating how healthcare providers can use their Web-based health information systems
  • Allied Telesis demonstrated advanced cloud-based imaging solutions for secure information-sharing among physicians, hospitals and patients regardless of location.
  • Meru Networks today announced that Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, the second-largest acute care public medical center in Florida, selected Meru for pervasive wireless coverage throughout their 806-bed facility. Over 1,000 health care customers around the world have selected Meru’s virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) solution
  • Ekahau introduced a Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring solution, that automatically monitors hand hygiene of employees in the healthcare facilities. Unlike other solutions in the market that run on the 125kHz RFID frequency causing interference with medical devices, Ekahau uses IR to communicate between GOJO and the Ekahau tag.

There are now over 10,000 medical apps in the App Store; a big jump
from the 1,544 apps last year. Electronic Health Records Software Systems lists some of the Best Medical iPhone Apps for Doctors and Med Students.

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