BlackBerry Limited, the Canadian mobile communications giant, is making the most of its exhibition and presence at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.
For one thing, the company is making hay with its news about what Blackberry and healthcare are accomplishing together. At MWC, it announced new BlackBerry partner applications available for BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android devices that are “enabling innovative solutions to improve healthcare communications, workflow, and patient care.”
“Healthcare organizations require a platform that secures data end-to-end, controlling access to the data in transit and at rest,” according to a company release. “BES12 is the leading platform for secure mobile communications and cross-platform application management. The BlackBerry platform enables solutions that provide healthcare organizations with the best in security, connectedness, and the exchange of real time data, while ensuring privacy of patient data and supporting a HIPAA compliant environment.”
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It’s a study that could tell surgeons a lot about what happens to people both before and after minimally invasive spine surgery.
Using Fitbit trackers, Zachary Smith, MD, an assistant professor in Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University, will soon launch a study to monitor patient physical activity.
It’s designed to help doctors better predict recovery times for patients who undergo the spine surgery.
“During the four weeks before a surgery and for six months afterward, the Fitbits will capture personal data on a patient’s steps and activity levels,” according to a university release.
Posted in Technology, Wearable technology
It’s the “Show Me” state and now Missouri lawmakers are backing a bill that would expand telehealth services, a move they believe could make Medicaid more efficient.
“A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel,” notes the Missourian in a recent story.
One reason for the bill? According to Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), as medicine has advanced, more and more specialists have congregated in urban centers, far away from many of the more rural patients in need of their services.
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Google Glass may soon get a second life as a helping hand in the healthcare sector.
Though Google Glass has flopped (at the moment) as a consumer product, it will has value in many ways.
That’s the view of MedEx, a Chicagoland provider of ambulance and telemedicine services. It is the first ambulance company in the country to use Google Glass to visually connect paramedics in the field.
MedEx has rolled out 10 ambulances outfitted with Google Glass capability — a feature that lets paramedics transmit live audio and video to hospitals.
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This week in Barcelona, the team at Oral-B has unveiled improvements to its app that connects to its highest performing toothbrushes by creating “seamless brushing routines and allowing for expanded professional guidance.”
Talk about high-tech toothbrushes.
At the 2015 annual GSMA Mobile World Congress, Oral-B is aiming to make it clear that the company continues to innovate and personalize the Oral-B App, which is already changing oral care behaviors when used with the Bluetooth-connected toothbrush.
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NaviNet, Inc., a healthcare collaboration network, confirmed Friday that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Health Partners Plans (HPP) has chosen NaviNet Open as its next-generation payer-provider platform.
The platform will support “patient-centered clinical workflows and value-based reimbursement models.”
Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the United States, a provided statement reads.
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Could a telemedicine boom — instead of a hurricane — be hurtling toward Florida?
Indeed, according to David Marsidi, whose fledgling company Ezdoctor.com, is preparing for big growth in the industry.
“After opening in 2013 as an online service for patients to find physicians and schedule appointments, the Fort Lauderdale company, now with nine employees, has moved twice to larger offices and recently introduced a feature that allows patients to visit doctors via their webcams,” notes Ron Hurtibise in a recent Sun-Sentinel story. “Only a few doctor-patient visits have taken place through the site so far, but Marsidi and his partners are seeking venture capital to hire a sales and marketing team to spread the word.”
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