Cory Schultz

Free 1 year premium subscriptions to Epocrates Essentials for medical students

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Epocrates is again giving away its popular Epocrates Essentials App for free to qualified medical students. This promotion is for a limited time and represents a $159 value.

A new wristband measures hand washing compliance by healthcare providers

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An RFID-reading, motion-sensing wristband called Hygiene Helper, buzzes to tell healthcare workers if they are washing their hands properly or not.

Body Implant uses mobile networks to detect potential diseases

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Swiss scientists have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory that sends data through mobile phone network

The iPhone is now a handy tool for detecting and diagnosing parasites

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Visiting doctors to Tanzania recently created an effective and cheap method of diagnosing parasites in children. The device they hobbled together costs around $8 to assemble and uses commonly found items.

FDANews is hosting medical device mobile apps virtual conference

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The FDA is hosting a virtual web conference on August 30th. This conference will be focused on helping to define which apps need FDA approval and the process of getting there. It will occur from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST. To register, go to the official website or call 888-838-5578.

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

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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.

Significant growth seen by patient’s accessing Kaiser’s electronic health record

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Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States recently announced that over 4 million people are accessing their web-based electronic health record via Kaiser’s My Health Manager.

Mobile phones helping to control AIDS in Uganda

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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.

Epocrates Essentials is free for a limited time

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As part of their back to school promotion, Epocrates, is giving away its popular Epocrates Essentials App for free to qualified medical students.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students invent app that checks your symptoms

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Two fourth-year Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students, Craig Monsen and David Do, have recently created a website that is smartphone compatible and able to help determine what your sickness is based on symptoms that are input into the system.

Research uncovers increased need to track medical device security

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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

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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.