M’obiSante mobile ultrasound live demonstration at the mHealth Summit, update on Android support #mHS11

Mobisante made its first big waves a little over a year ago with their ultrasound peripheral for smartphones as MobiUS began to accumulate awards all over the country.

After receiving FDA approval earlier this year, the device launched commercially with a reported cost of just under $8,000, comparable to other mobile ultrasound devices but with the additional benefit of wireless connectivity.

We caught up with Mobisante Chief Engineer Nikhil George at the mHealth Summit for a live demonstration of the latest version of the MobiUS device. There are now several different probes available with varying frequencies and also a pairing configuration available with a tablet.

In addition to the demo, we also got an update on their move to support Android devices.

We reported the possibility of Android integration a few weeks ago after reports that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) would enable USB 2.0 host support. As Sailesh Chutani, CEO of Mobisante, told us in an interview then,

“iMedicalApps: What do you think about Android 4.0 and it’s robust support for USB 2.0 hosting?

Sailesh Chutani: The new release of Android does support USB 2.0 host, which makes it suitable for connecting peripherals such as ours. Essentially, Android starts to become a real computing platform a la Windows, which is great for mHealth companies.

iMedicalApps: Are you planning on bringing your Ultrasound Peripheral to Android phones?

Sailesh Chutani: Yes”

Mr. George echoed the sentiment that Mr. Chutani shared with us though that this move will take a lot of work. As Mr. George put it, they broke pretty much every component of the Toshiba device on the road to developing MobiUS, and he expects to do the same with whichever Android device they start with from a wide range of expected and unexpected engineering challenges.

So in short, you will eventually be able to run a Mobisante ultrasound probe on an Android tablet or smartphone, but not in the immediate future.

We also learned that Mobisante is anticipating other diagnostic peripherals moving to smartphones and has built their software in such a way to allow for easier integration of future peripherals. They currently include a feature to take pictures using the smartphone’s camera, images which can be transferred in precisely the same way as the ultrasound images themselves.

While this may not sound like much, its important to remember that this feature not only includes some useful tools like labeling lesions with the diagnosis in question, but it would also be HIPAA compliant.

Check out our live demo below!

Author:

Satish Misra, MD

Satish is a Cardiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a founding partner and Managing Editor at iMedicalApps. He believes that mobile technology can change the way healthcare is delivered and that iMedicalApps is a platform through which clinicians can be empowered to lead the charge.

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5 Responses to M’obiSante mobile ultrasound live demonstration at the mHealth Summit, update on Android support #mHS11

  1. Mario M Greer December 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Things like this makes me really exciting, i can imagine so many cases where this little device could be really helpfull. i would love to see it in an iPad, or tablet

    • Satish Misra, MD December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      Mobisante did display a tablet version using an HP device. One of the challenges is having the appropriate USB support, which Android tablets are likely to soon have.

  2. Mobisante December 9, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    just to clarify… we are looking into Android. With USB host support announced in the latest versions of Android, it has become technically feasible for us to do so. However, no announced time line yet.

    • Satish Misra, MD December 13, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks for adding that – we’re just excited that you all are looking at tackling this!

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