AirStrip has made plenty of headlines in the past for delivering cutting-edge apps that show live patient monitoring to iOS and Android devices. The company brings ICU, OB & fetal, and cardiology monitoring, in conjunction with nursing notes, order results, and other historical data into a touchscreen-friendly interface. Their work has been featured on Apple’s top medical apps and commercials.
Their most recent work, AirStrip ONE, brings together data from multiple sources and even multiple electronic medical record systems (EMR’s) into one attractive app.
iMedicalApps recently interviewed AirStrip COO Matt Patterson, MD. Dr. Patterson trained in otolaryngology in the U.S. Navy, served as Medical Director of the Naval Special Warfare Center in San Diego, CA — the elite training command of the U.S. Navy SEALs — then joined McKinsey & Company’s healthcare practice. He is now responsible for operations at AirStrip.
Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece
Shipments of smart wearable brands, led by Samsung’s new smartwatch, are expected to see huge growth this year according to independent analyst Canalys.
Last year, Credit Suisse researchers also made bold predictions on wearable tech, predicting that it would be the next big thing, predicting growth from between $3 billion to $5 billion this year to $50 billion within five years. (read more)
Passionate, energetic participants drive the interdisciplinary fusion of technology and medicine — computer sciences, information science, electrical engineering with medicine and public health — into the digital health movement.
However, many of these participants remain ensnared in silos delineating traditional academic departments in different institutions – a significant barrier to this important collaboration.
Robert McCray is President & CEO of the Wireless Life Sciences Association. The San Diego-based WLSA is a nonprofit trade organization that seeks to bring together not just industry and academia, but also different innovators across different disciplines. Mr. McCray is additionally Chairman of Alliance Healthcare Foundation,and an active advisor to several companies. McCray also served as director of Caremark Physician Resources, co-founded OnCall Medicine Inc., and served as managing partner in law services to the healthcare industry.
Here, he shares with us his unique perspectives on the future of mobile health and insights to help guide aspiring clinician-entrepreneurs and innovators.
When we first reviewed Figure 1 we were impressed by the potential of a crowd-sourced community of physicians readily sharing medical images. Investors were equally optimistic, as Figure 1 raised $2 million in seed funding in December 2013.
The team at Figure 1 has gradually been converting potential into reality through a steadily growing and thriving community of users, with over one million image views per week. Not content to rest on their laurels, the Figure 1 team has been developing new features such as browseable image categories, and just last week simultaneously released their first Android app and interface for the web. (read more)
The Johns Hopkins ABX Guide features up-to-date, authoritative, evidenced-based information on the treatment of infectious diseases to help you make decisions at the point of care.
The guide breaks down details of diagnosis, drug indications, dosing, pharmacokinetics, side effects and interactions, pathogens, management and vaccines into easily accessible, frequently-updated, quick-read entries.
Unbound Medicine develops mobile and web products using an end-to-end digital publishing platform.
They have developed an app version of the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide for Android and iOS and today we’ll take a closer look at it. (read more)
Just two days after announcing the new Galaxy Gear smartwatches will incorporate heart rate sensors, Samsung revealed their next revision of their flagship Galaxy S smartphone will prominently feature health tracking along with its brand-new companion fitness bracelet, the Gear Fit.
The Gear Fit incorporates a heart rate sensor and a curved, touchscreen AMOLED display that would differentiate itself from nearly every other current fitness tracker on the market, such as Fitbit and Jawbone.
Higi has announced that they will become the sole provider of health stations in Rite Aid’s nationwide.
Deployment of about 4100 higi stations will begin in the second quarter in of 2014.
Rite Aid customers and associates will be able to measure their weight, BMI, pulse and blood pressure using the higi stations. They will also be able to securely upload and save this information to private higi online accounts.
Users will be provided with higi scores – a higi measurement that aims to positively recognize a user’s increased engagement with their health.
Samsung will probably be making the most mass produced wearable heart rate sensor of our time. At World Congress today, Samsung announced they will be adding a heart rate sensor in their new Gear 2 smartwatch.
The original Galaxy Gear was launched just 6 months ago to mostly negative reviews due to poor battery life, a slow user interface, and overall poor functionality. While the new Gear 2 addresses many of these features, the big change with the Gear 2 that is getting a lot of press is the lack of an Android operating system.
The new Gear 2 will be using Tizen instead. Tizen is a Linux based OS that Samsung has poured a tremendous amount of resources into.
I think the bigger story for mobile health is the heart rate sensor that will now be in Gear 2 smartwatches. Even the most popular activity trackers — Fitbit and Jawbone, don’t have heart rate sensors. (read more)
At iMedicalApps we’ve been covering the issues related to the Fitbit Force causing a rash for a few weeks now. When we published a review comparing the Jawbone UP24 to the Fitbit Force, it was met with several comments from readers stating how they were starting to develop a rash from the Force. We followed it up with an article focusing on the rash, and we wrote how we felt the Fitbit Force’s rash problem was more widespread than people believed. We even presented data that was being collected in Google Docs from Fitbit users.
So it’s not news to iMedicalApps that Fitbit has now stopped selling the Force, and are doing a voluntary recall. We applaud them on this action. Below is the press release from their CEO, apparently 1.7% of users were affected. (read more)
Just a few months ago, the ACC & AHA released a set of four clinical guidelines focused on cardiovascular risk assessment, cholesterol, lifestyle modification, and obesity.
Whatever your opinion of this current set of guidelines, they do represent at least a well-intentioned effort to help promote evidence based medicine.
Writing the guideline is only the beginning.
The next, and perhaps more important stage, is driving adoption and implementation. With these guidelines, an important change was the creation of a new 10-year ASCVD risk estimator.
We perused the iOS App Store and Google Play store for apps that incorporated this risk calculator, searching for insights that could help us understand better the role that apps are playing in the implementation of clinical guidelines.
A recent publication has come out highlighting a new use for Google Glass.
The article, titled “Google Glass for Documentation of Medical Findings: Evaluation in Forensic Medicine,” was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR).
While some publications have been released highlighting the use of Glass in clinical practice, this study is one of the first to actually test it as a substitute to standard practice.
The investigators tested Glass as a means of conducting post-mortem examinations and autopsies.
While the normal course of such investigations typically utilize photography to capture images from the investigations, this can often be a hindrance in terms of productivity. The investigators realized that Glass may pose a possible hands-free method of collecting similar data.