For anyone interested in mobile health, the pace of new developments, partnerships, and innovations is, at best, dizzying. 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.

USM develops Android-based imaging software From thestar online

An interesting post about a system launched in Malaysia which allows physicians to share and discuss imaging on an Android-based platform. The goal of the program is to allow physicians to consult with specialists – sharing and discussing imaging on Android devices.

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Mobile health technology raises questions of liability, efficacy From The Joplin Globe

The recent explosion of health apps in Apple’s App Store is no doubt a sign of the enthusiasm and potential for mHealth. This article argues that technology is progressing too fast for regulatory bodies to keep up, and that both consumer and physicians need to exercise caution in identifying which apps are accurate and reliable.

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Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis? From InformationWeek

This article explores some issues with the implementation of extensive databases that create and narrow differential diagnoses based on clinical and lab information. The author argues that while computers may never be able to recreate the thought processes of an astute clinician, physicians and hospitals will no doubt benefit from a database of diseases and associated symptoms that is accessible at the point of care. Stand alone diagnostic programs such as Simulconsult and Dxplain need to be integrated into existing EMR systems before they hope to become widely accepted into the health care work flow.

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Apple iPad app eases fear in children undergoing surgery at Chicago hospital From Medill Reports Chicago

Shriners Hospital Children – Chicago has developed and implemented a new app for the iPad that aims to ease children’s anxiety about surgery through pictures and explanations of what they can expect with the procedure. While this concept is nothing new, the iPad makes the process more interactive. Kia Ferrer, a child life specialist at Shriners, says that the iPad has “revolutionized” they way she teaches children.

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