Post image for Demonstration of Telcare’s cellular and cloud based glucometer

At this year’s mHealth Summit I had the opportunity to view a demonstration by Telcare, the maker of a cellular enabled glucometer and its accompanying platform for both patients and Physicians. Telcare’s glucometer looks like a cellphone. It has a colored screen, is cellular enabled and takes blood samples with its own strips as any conventional glucometer would.

No wires, or bluetooth connectivity is needed for the glucometer to work. All readings are automatically uploaded into the cloud via cellular network. (read more)

Post image for Pocket Eye Exam for Android lets you carry your visual acuity cards in mobile form

A proper eye exam performed by Physicians requires the use of several testing tools that physicians often don’t carry with them.

The idea behind the Pocket Eye Exam app is a mobile tool that would replace the need of carrying physical visual acuity charts with you.  The app developers state it was made and tested by Biomedical Engineering undergraduates and Neurologists at the University of Virginia.

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Post image for Chest x-ray training app tests and teaches you radiology skills

 By: PJ Lally MD

Chest X-ray training by Polwarth Medical is a multiple choice study tool for those needing training and review of chest x-ray images. With over a hundred cases, the medical app covers a fairly wide breadth of topics so even those familiar with the basic chest x-ray can learn a few new tricks.

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Post image for Researchers starting clinical trials of low cost holographic test that monitors diabetes

Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently published a paper in the journal Advanced Optical Materials on a test they created that uses responsive holograms to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections, electrolyte or hormones imbalance. (read more)

Post image for How do you craft technology to save lives? An interview with AirStrip COO Matt Patterson MD

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.

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Post image for Wearable smart bands are to experience massive growth in 2014

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)

Post image for WLSA CEO Rob McCray shares insights into future of mobile health and his tips for aspiring innovators

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.

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Post image for Implantable biosensor monitors real-time metabolism of drugs

Researchers and collaborators of the Soh lab at UC Santa Barbara have developed an implantable device to monitor real time concentrations of medications in the blood. The device, called the MEDIC (Microfluid Electrochemical Detector for In Vivo Concentrations), aims to address an increasingly identified problem in medicine – that people metabolize and respond to the same medication at the same dose in very different ways.

A great deal of focus has been on identifying genetic polymorphisms and other markers that can be used to identify patients who are either resistant to certain medications or at risk for adverse effects – think HLA typing prior to initiating Tegretol therapy.

This device aims to open new opportunities into the personalization of medicine.

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Post image for Medical photo social network Figure 1 expands to Android and Web

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)

Post image for Johns Hopkins ABX Guide for Android helps health providers determine correct antibiotic choices

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)

Post image for Samsung doubles down on health, S5 phone and Gear Fit will include heart rate sensors

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.

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Post image for Rite Aid to install 4,100 higi health stations nationwide

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.

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