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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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According to a recent Manhattan Research survey, just over 25 percent of doctors in the EU use an iPad for professional purposes. The doctors surveyed use it primarily for content consumption: twenty-five percent of their “work online time” is spent on it, looking up articles, showing online resources to patients, and so on. Read Original Content

Aruba Networks has released the results of a survey focused on the networking priorities of more than 130 healthcare information technology professionals. Of the 85 percent of respondents who said they are supporting physician and staff use of personal devices at work, 53 percent said that they are currently relegated to Internet access only, while 24 percent provide limited access to hospital applications. Only eight percent currently enable full access to the hospital network with user-owned devices. Read Original Content

GPs in the UK could soon offer patients free smartphone apps to help manage their health. One app that has already been tested by GPs and community nurses as well as hospitals is called Patients Know Best. Using the app, patients can have online consultations with any member of their clinical team, receive automated explanations of their results, and work with clinicians for a personalized care plan. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

To help eliminate potential patient data breaches on mobile devices, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Stage 2 Meaningful Use has proposed that mobile devices that retain patient data after a clinical encounter should have default encryption enabled. Read Original Content

Ophthalmic imaging technology company Bioptigen now has regulatory clearance in Canada on a handheld medical device developed to give doctors better images of their patients’ eyes. Bioptigen is further developing its technology into a more compact handheld medical device that can be used with premature and neonatal infants, an effort supported by a $2.7 million grant awarded late last year by the National Institutes of Health. Read Original Content

Since 2008 Dr. Carmemn Russoniello has been working with Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune to develop biofeedback that recognizes and controls the symptoms of PTS and brain injury. Russoniello has teamed with Biocom Technologies in a project incorporating new technology that turns a cell phone into a heart rate sensor. Read Original Content

According to a recent report from Kalorama Information, the market for handhelds in healthcare reached $11 billion globally in 2011, a 10 percent increase from 2007. The fastest growth was in devices used to enter and report patient data. Read Original Content

This week health insurance company UnitedHealthcare launched a new mobile health app, Health4Me, that gives its employer plan customers access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The app is currently only available for Apple iPhone or iPad users, but United plans to launch an Android version of the app this spring. Read Original Content

According to recent analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the GSM Association, an industry body representing nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators in 219 countries, mobile-enabled services will become integral to healthcare delivery by 2017, creating a global market worth about $23 billion. Read Original Content

At a recent HIMSS press conference, the trade group released results from a recent survey of senior health IT executives, namely CIOs and IS directors. According to the survey, mobility and mobile devices moved up to the No. 2 spot this year among the primary IT infrastructure focus of the 302 IT leaders queried, named by 18 percent of respondents. Mobile devices jumped from 12 percent a year ago. Read Original Content


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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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