During the first day of exhibits at the the 2013 mHealth Summit I met Erika O’Donohoe, Director of Client Services and Support, of Propeller.
Propeller is a respiratory disease management company, and Erika showed me their bluetooth enabled sensor which helps those with asthma and COPD avoid attacks and adhere to their prescribed doses.
Propellor sits on top of any standard metered dose inhaler used for asthma and COPD.
It records the time and place of when the medication is used. When paired via bluetooth to the user’s smartphone, it syncs the data to its accompanying smartphone app. (read more)
VoiceFirst is a software technology application that overlays on top of a hospital’s existing EMR system and allows clinicians to interact with their EMR by using their voice. Ryan Brown of VoiceFirst introduced me to their product at the 2013 mHealth Summit. This enables charting directly into the EMR and pulling data from the EMR without ever having to touch a keyboard.
Dr. Benjamin Lok of the University of Florida and Dr. Carla Pugh of the University of Wisconsin have created a mannequin with sensors for conducting virtual prostate exams. The virtual exam is designed to help students practice the exam and reduce anxiety by acclimating them to intimate medical settings.
Purpose of the Review
We will review the Medical Image Puzzle app to see if it has any medically relevant uses for students.
Several studies have demonstrated that knowledge and information acquired while having fun stays with us for a longer time.
It’s in this regard that medical games can be of use to students–a fun way to spend time and learn at the same time.
Google’s Play Store has its share of medically educational games and plenty that somehow pass off as medical games. Today we will take a look at the Medical Image Puzzle app and find out on which side of the spectrum it lays.
Next week’s 5th annual mHealth Summit (@mhealthsummit, #mHealth13) opens in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including over 5,000 health & technology developers, policymakers, business leaders, providers, and payers from 60 countries. HIMSS — the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society — in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the NIH — will host the event with numerous other co-located health technology events such as Health 2.0, the NIH mHealth Training Institute, WIPJam to teach mobile app development, and even a dedicated mHealth law track. iMedicalApps will be there to cover the event.
Satish Misra MD is a Cardiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Recently, AliveCor made a major addition to its Heart Monitor and announced the launch of AliveInsights.
This service provides interpretations of the single-lead tracings captured by their elegantly designed smartphone case that contains a single-lead ECG device.
Earlier this year, we did an in-depth review of the AliveCor Heart Monitor from a clinical perspective.
Overall, while we were very impressed with the simplicity and usability of the device itself, we found ourselves searching for broad clinical scenarios in which it would have a large positive impact.
We also raised concerns about inappropriate uses of the device leading to over-testing or giving false reassurance.
Through AliveInsights, a patient can obtain a preliminary review of their tracing from a cardiac technician within thirty minutes for $5. For $12, they can get a review from a cardiologist within 24 hours. The question, then, is whether they should.
Epsom and Evena Medical have together created smart glasses that allow nurses to see the vasculature beneath the patients skin at their bedside. The Eyes-On Glasses System makes hard to locate veins easy to find for intravenous placement.
The glasses capture multi-spectral lighting through two stereoscopic cameras to see veins beneath the skin by highlighting deoxygenated hemoglobin in the patient’s veins. (read more)
11 Health has released Ostom-i Alert, a sensor that alerts patients regarding how full their ostomy bag is in order to help them decide when to empty it.
The sensor clips onto any ostomy bag and measures how full the bag is every few seconds.
The data is sent to a smartphone app via Bluetooth which notifies the user when the bag is filling up.
Users can set up individual alerts for notification and allow reports to be automatically sent to their physician. (read more)
Nonin Medical has announced that it will be demonstrating the world’s smallest regional oximetry system and the first Apple iPhone/iPod-enabled oximeter at MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Regional oximetry (rSO2) is a monitoring tool that continuously detects the oxygen saturation status in the brain and tissue beneath the sensor noninvasively.
It is typically used in intensive care environments.
Purpose of App Review
- To review the usability of the Papers3 as a mobile reference manager
- To compare Papers3 to its predecessors (previous review in 2011 available here)
For any healthcare professional, there is never a shortage of new articles to be read and old articles to refresh your memories with.
With a small collection of papers and articles, simple folders on a computer may suffice.
When your PDF library of medical literature increases, a reference manager becomes an important organizational tool.
The Papers3 app builds on the Papers mobile app with additional features and a redesigned user interface.
Ultrasound utilization by Emergency Medicine physicians has dramatically increased over the last several years (1). In the Emergency Room we use Ultrasound for a multitude of settings, ranging from FAST exams, to diagnosing hydronephrosis or evaluating for cardiac effusion (2).
As a majority of Emergency Rooms have started to store ultrasound machines in their department, it is essential physicians understand how to utilize these machines at the point of care. Mobile apps are fantastic tools for learning Ultrasound due to their ability to easily display pictures and videos — critical for Ultrasound learning.
The portability of these apps make them useful at the point of care when you are actively performing an Ultrasound, further boosting their clinical utility. The following are five of the best Ultrasound Apps currently available for Emergency Medicine. (read more)
Purpose of App Review
- How useful is this app as an EKG reference tool?
PocketSim is a medical app that can be used to look up and study 23 EKG patterns.
This app contains examples of various waveforms with short but useful descriptions as well as flashcards and quizzes.