Felasfa Wodajo, MD

Winner announced for iMedicalApps-Medicine 2.0 mHealth Award

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iMedical Apps granted Morwenna Kirwan the recipient of it’s first conference award: iMedical Apps/Medicine 2.0 Award

The creative force of Eric Topol

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A detailed review and discussion of Eric Topol’s book, Creative Destruction of Medicine, with emphasis on pharmacogenetics, continuous physiologic and biologic sensing, and “super-convergence” of the two.

Crowdfunded accessory combines clipboard and iPad holder

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A simple, yet potentially useful adaptation of a clipboard could find a home on the hospital wards if Clipboard+ meets its fundraising deadline on Kickstarter in one week. The idea is that hospital residents and students still need to write on paper, but that juggling a smartphone or tablet while trying to hold paper is a problem that is not going away immediately, even with increasing adoption of electronic health records. Enter Clipboard+: a metal clipboard with a paper holding […]

Open mHealth – powerful tools to accelerate mobile health innovation

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mHealth commentary on Open mHealth, an initiative to create an open source mobile health innovation and development process to improve patient outcomes

Orca Health releases innovative 3D heart visualization iPad app for patient education

The newest release by Orca Health may yet be their best. Heart Decide uses stunning animated 3dimensional visualization of a beating heart as a patient education tool. The app allows the user, whether contemplating an upcoming cardiac surgery or trying to understand their heart disorder, to virtually “slice” the heart and peer into into it while it is beating, observing the interplay between the atria, ventricles and valves. According to Orca, the conditions explored by HeartDecide include the following: Rheumatic […]

iMedicalApps to present research award at 2012 mHealth Summit #mHS12

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For the first time at the mHealth Summit, iMedicalApps will present research awards for outstanding scholarly research in the area of mobile health. An award will be given for best oral and best poster presentation submitted through the summit’s call for presentations process.

mHealth Summit Call for Presentations closes June 29 #mHS12

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Attention mHealth researchers, companies and organizations – if you would like to present a talk or panel at the upcoming mHealth Summit in December, the submission deadline is in one week. For more information, please go to: mHealth Summit – Call for Presentations and share your experience and expertise with over 5,000 leaders in mobile health. The submission deadline is June 29th, 2012. Topic tracks include Health and Healthcare Delivery, Global Health, Technology, Business, Policy and Research.

Connecting healthcare + social media: the #HCSMNY conference

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The pervasiveness of Facebook and other social media platforms has created opportunities to improve patient-physician communication. Willing doctors can connect with patients in and outside the exam room, expanding their reach and thus jointly sharing in the empowerment this newest technology revolution offers. Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks summarizes the power of social media for physicians this way: “My social presence enables me to humanize my practice and share my knowledge beyond the 4 walls of my office in ways never available previously” […]

The future of medicine is … here: TEDMED 2012

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In just a few short years, the TEDMED conference has grown in size and prominence to become an annual highlight for healthcare visioneers and digerati. The list of speakers shows it to include some of the best and brightest in the nation, and spans disciplines from engineering to medicine to informatics to chemistry. As many readers already know, the TEDMED format follows that of the original TED conference series, consisting of 20 minute presentations followed by a brief on stage […]

Boston area to get its own Rock Health startup accelerator

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The Boston Globe is reporting today that the Rock Health, the San Francisco based health startup accelerator, will be opening up a Boston branch this Summer. The program is already accepting applications. Reportedly several Boston based entrepreneurs are already signed up as mentors, including Jason Jacobs of RunKeeper, Ben Rubin of Zeo, Erika Pabo of Harvard Med School, Sonny Vu of Misfit Wearables, and Jacob Sattelmair of WellFrame. Building new companies around health technology cannot successfully occur in a vaccum […]

Popular patient education mobile apps by Orca Health temporarily free in anticipation of major overhaul

In anticipation of a “major overhaul to the user interface and content”, Orca Health has moved their popular patient education app series “temporarily” to the free section of the iTunes app store. While the details of the overhaul are still being kept under wraps, our friends at Orca  tell us the apps will see a “complete redesign” to utilize more of the iPhone and iPad multi-touch gestures. Not surprisingly, these apps now dominate the top free apps in the medical […]

Details of highly successful U Chicago hospital iPad program revealed

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Recently, physicians at the University of Chicago published a research letter in the Archives of Internal Medicine detailing their experience with the routine use of iPads by internal medicine residents during their regular duties. What they documented was that use of the mobile device was objectively associated with faster order entry after patient admission and the subjective assessment that it saves up to one hour per day for each resident.