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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Post image for Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch will check your pulse, wearable heart rate sensor goes mainstream

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)

Post image for Apps released after publication of 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines offer insights into future opportunities

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.

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Post image for Use of Google Glass in forensic medicine, suggests other applications

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.

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Post image for Community pharmacies should be used as centers for mobile health technologies

Whenever I head to the mall, I like to stop by the Apple and Windows Store to see to their newly stocked items. Often, its not so much the hardware itself, but rather the inventory hanging off the walls and shelves. What always catches my attention is the steady growth of health oriented devices that have found a niche in these stores.

The number of personal fitness trackers has exploded recently as have connected health devices. It makes sense that the places where people go to get their smartphones and tablets would also stock these peripherals.

When it comes to getting appropriate devices in the hands of patients who could benefit from them, there is another potentially bigger opportunity though – community pharmacies. Patients already go to get their prescribed medications at these locales and most sell a plethora of stand-alone medical devices like blood pressure cuffs and glucometers.

Given the patients that we want to target – folks picking up their metformin or statin or HCTZ – are (hopefully) going to their local pharmacy, it seems natural that they too could be a nexus for implementing mobile health technology.

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Post image for Fitbit app update turns iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker

The latest update for the fitbit app turns the iPhone 5S into a fitness tracker without the need for any extra hardware. Fitbit utilizes the iPhone 5s’ M7 co-processor in order to allow the user to track basic activity. This activity includes miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.

Though useful, the new features added to the Fitbit app do not make up for the features included in the impressive Fitbit wristband.

Using the wristband allows for more tailored activity tracking and also lets users monitor and manage their sleep. (read more)

Post image for Eye Emergency Manual is a free medical app to diagnose ophthalmology emergencies

Eye Emergency Manual is reference tool for emergency department physicians when facing ophthalmic emergencies.

Although its purpose is specifically to help those in New South Wales, the state’s department of health has created a medical app that is useful worldwide.

The app itself states the information provided is not strictly evidence based.

Instead, it has come from the consensus opinion of an expert working group.

Therefore, it is especially important for those outside of New South Wales to use the app only as a general guide. (read more)