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Qualcomm’s new 2net SDK available, along with announcement of App Developer Challenge

Qualcomm’s new 2net SDK available, along with announcement of App Developer Challenge

Qualcomm Life Inc. recently announced the availability of its new 2net(TM) App Software Development Kit (SDK) on the Qualcomm developer network, also known as QDevNet. QDevNet is geared toward giving developers the tools and resources needed to create mobile experiences and bring them to market. Along with this announcement came the announcement of the 2net App Developer Challenge to identify the best 2net-enabled applications.

Mobile phones helping to control AIDS in Uganda

Mobile phones helping to control AIDS in Uganda

Uganda is at the forefront of fighting AIDS in Africa. According to the article, Uganda has been widely praised for its effective AIDS policy, which saw condom use promoted and disease rates slashed from over 15 percent in the early 1990′s to less then half, at around 6 percent.One of the reasons for the decrease in disease rates is through the use of targeted educational campaigns that remind people to take their medication. Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) need a compliance rate of 95% or greater to have maxium effectiveness, so programs aimed at increasing awareness and medication adherence are driving the decrease in AIDs rates.

Research uncovers increased need to track medical device security

Research uncovers increased need to track medical device security

Because medical devices commonly use standard PC’s running mainstream operating systems they are often at risk to security vulnerabilities and require frequent updates of the software. Wireless connections pose a similar threat by exposing medical devices to potential malware and researchers have conducted a study that indicates the US may not be doing an adequate job of tracking these vulnerabilities and risks.

Diagnosing eye injuries in the emergency department with a smartphone

Diagnosing eye injuries in the emergency department with a smartphone

A recent study in the Archives of Opthalmology had two Ophthalmologists compare high resolution images of eyes from a standard desktop and an iPhone. They reached the conclusion that the iphone images were of higher quality. The researchers noted that sending a high quality image to an Opthalmologist could be used to diagnose certain eye diseases in patients, even when one isn’t readily available.

Hand hygiene compliance up at Vanderbilt University Medical Center due to new app

Hand hygiene compliance up at Vanderbilt University Medical Center due to new app

Hand hygiene is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Especially in a healthcare setting, it is the first line of defense when interacting with patients. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) physicians, nurses and IT specialists understand this all too well, having recently collaborated on an iOS app that more efficiently documents and reports hand-hygiene compliance.

CHRISTUS St Michael’s Health System has been awarded $1,600,000 for an Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program

CHRISTUS St Michael’s Health System has been awarded $1,600,000 for an Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program

Recently, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CHRISTUS St Michael’s Health System has been awarded $1,600,000 for an Integrated Nurse Training and Mobile Device Harm Reduction Program (INTM). The INTM system is an iPad-based clinical decision support platform that utilizes advanced analytics. It is conceptualized, developed, and piloted by Ringful Health. […]

Using the iPad’s camera and algorithms to estimate blood loss in the operating room

Using the iPad’s camera and algorithms to estimate blood loss in the operating room

Many surgical teams currently use visual estimation to determine blood loss. This can often be an imprecise, and the consequences of overestimating or underestimating blood loss can create patient complications. Gauss Surgical saw an opportunity to improve this system and are now using the iPad as the base of a new method to help track blood loss during surgery in real time.