VA incorporating mobile technology into hospitals by using iPhones to access patient EHR

The Department of Veterans Affairs is incorporating mobile technology and devices into their operations, demonstrating that they are up to date on technology. VA is distributing a controlled number (1,000 max) of iPhones and iPads to hospitals that represent a business case of need, such as the D.C. VA medical center. The devices are being used by VA doctors to securely and remotely access a patient’s electronic health record (EHR). The mobile app enables a physician to have information about the patients to be seen that day, and helps with rounds.

Sonosite patent shows experimentation with iPad and ultrasound probes

Over a year ago, we covered the FDA approval of Mobisante’s MobiUS ultrasound, which paired an ultrasound probe with a Windows Toshiba smartphone (which we hope to see moving to Android soon!). A recent patent filing by Sonosite, an ultrasound device maker worth over $750bn, suggests they are moving towards using tablets like the iPad with future ultrasound probes.

Join us for our first #mHealth chat on Twitter!

iMedicalApps is pleased to announce our first #mHealth Tweet Chat, in which we will be discussing various issues related to the role of mobile health in patient care. You will have the chance to make connections, meet new people, and learn more about one of the most exciting topics in modern healthcare. With this Tweet […]

Study evaluates use of iPhone to help diagnose nasal fractures in the Emergency Department

A 2004 study by Karagama showed that about 80% of nasal trauma patients referred to ear-nose-throat (ENT) doctors did not show up or required no treatment. This results in unnecessary costs and wait times. In an effort to improve the efficiency of serving nasal bone injury patients, researchers in Ireland have studied the feasibility of using pictures taken with iPhones as a means of determining if patients need to see ENT doctors or not.