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New Advancements ‘Born’ of Hospital Tablet Adoption

Cedars-Sinai hospital is touting a new program dubbed “BabyTime.”

The program in question uses Apple’s iPad to help mothers stay connected to their newborns, particularly in cases when they aren’t able to physically move shortly after giving birth.

The effort leverages the video messaging service made possible by the iOS-powered tablet, which creates a remote presence link between a new mother’s hospital room and the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“BabyTime will help bridge communication with the family and the baby’s medical team and is an excellent use of technology to help new mothers bond with their babies, even when they cannot be physically at their babies’ bedside,” explains Dr. Charles F. Simmons Jr., chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics and Ruth and Harry Roman Chair in Neonatology. “When doctors and nurses are treating a newborn in the NICU, mom can be right there asking questions and getting updates, even if she’s on a different floor.”

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HealthTap Brings Free Access to Over 5,000 Physicians Via Your Smartphone

Telemedicine solutions via smartphones and tablets are one aspect of mobile healthcare that’s seeing higher than normal adoption when compared to other concepts — likely because the devices, apps and connectivity that power telemedicine are already readily available.

We’ve recently covered the fact that Apple’s FaceTime can become HIPAA-compliant, and there’s several other mobile telehealth solutions in the pipeline from startups and healthcare organizations alike, but the area that’s ripe for adoption and success with consumers is basic telehealth services — the kind where a consumer can whip out their smartphone, fire up an app, ask a simple health-related question and receive an answer back.  While fully compliant, formal telehealth solutions are obviously relevant, keeping things simple is what consumers want.

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Apple Says FaceTime Can Become HIPAA-Compliant Through Proper Configuration

Apple’s FaceTime video calling functionality was one of the most popular features of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, and could have far reaching implications in the healthcare industry — if it was secured and adhered to rigorous HIPAA standards that is.

That may be a reality, however, as Apple has stated that FaceTime can become fully HIPAA-compliant through proper configuration.  FaceTime sessions are already encrypted, and through a WPA2 Enterprise configuration, FaceTime video sessions can have the extra security safeguards that HIPAA requires for communication.

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