For anyone interested in mobile health, the pace of new developments, partnerships, and innovations is, at best, dizzying. For the busy healthcare professional, its nearly an impossible task to keep abreast of whats happening in this is rapidly growing field.

Our goal at iMedicalApps has always been to help our colleagues navigate this shifting landscape because we believe that mobile health technology is going to transform the way medicine is practice.

In this series, we scour through the latest in the mobile health world and pick a few articles that we think are interesting and convey some important development. Be sure to let us know what you think by adding your comments to this post.

This week, we came across some interesting posts on a town being designed around wireless technology including its healthcare services, a doomsday prediction about the iPad in enterprise applications, and a new tablet designed specifically for healthcare. Check out the list here.

mHealth: Think outside the system

As pointed out in this article, the entry to major telecommunications companies could profoundly reshape how physicians practice medicine. Bringing their expansive reach and robust resources to healthcare, the author argues that they will not only impact how healthcare providers communicate with eachother, but also reshape their day-to-day workflow.

City Offers Expertise for mHealth Discussions
Wireless Week

While most of this article describes the CTIA Wireless Conference, it also describes an interesting wireless medical city taking shaping near Orlando. This 600 acre complex with house 25,000 residents, two hospitals, three biotech institutes, and a medical school. And its being designed to incorporate wireless technology, including in healthcare. Look for more on this from us in the future.

Custom iPad App Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Pharma continues to embrace mobile technology, particularly in terms of better equipping its sales force. This article describes a custom app being developed by Salient, a surgical instrument/device company, for promoting its app. Salient’s IT director highlights the iPad’s portability, instant-on, and interactive design as features they believe their sales force can use to better engage physicians and explain their products.

Apple iPad will fail in the enterprise: Dell

Dell, going against the popular wisdom, is making some pretty dire predictions for the iPad in the business enterprise world, which includes medicine. In this article, Dell’s head of marketing for large enterprises argues that the iPad is too expensive and iOS in general is too tightly controlled by Apple to be a long-term viable solution. While he obviously has a lot of vested interest here, his criticism of iOS is certainly a valid concern. But its not clear that his argument at price holds much water.

Demonstrating ARBOR Medical Tablet
Embedded Computing

The market for tablets has exploded in the past two years and healthcare is no exception. Medical tablets can generally be divided into two groups – those designed as general consumer products then applied to medicine versus those designed specifically for healthcare or similar industries. The ARBOR tablet falls into the latter, with features like a built in RFID reader, exchangeable battery, barcode scanner, and numerous security certifications. These devices have tended to be on the expensive side, however, and generally have not seen the kind of growth that devices like the iPad are currently experiencing.