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Carriers won't go D2C with m-health
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Should you expect a Verizon-branded glucometer any time soon? Will carriers like AT&T begin stocking connected health devices on their store shelves? The carriers answer: No. Vodafone, Verizon Wireless and AT&T each put it in their own words, but the bottom line was clear: Carriers will not be consumers main point of contact for subscribing to wireless health services. Carriers see health care as much more of a business-to-business-to-consumer play for them. More

FCC mobile network plan could revolutionize health care
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If a proposal to allocate radio spectrum for a wireless medical network is approved, many patients may no longer need to travel to a health care facility to be tethered to large machines that monitor their health. Instead, they would be linked to monitoring systems by small, disposable wireless devices, cutting costs and reducing the risk of infection and clinical errors. More

How many new prescriptions and renewals were routed electronically in 2009?
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In 2009, 191 million prescriptions were routed electronically, up from 68 million in 2008 and 29 million in 2007, according to a new report from Surescripts. Meanwhile, electronic requests for prescription benefit information increased from 79 million in 2008 to 303 million in 2009, the report found. In addition, the number of prescribers transmitting electronic prescriptions increased from 74,000 at the end of 2008 to 156,000 by the end of 2009. More

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Twitter study highlights need for monitoring health info dissemination
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Twitter has the potential to spread misinformation about health and medicine, according to a new study that examines Twitter updates about antibiotics. Researchers from Columbia University and MixedInk studied Twitter status updates mentioning "antibiotic(s)" to determine overarching categories and explore evidence of misunderstanding or misuse of antibiotics. More

IT retraining targets elderly telehealth technology
New Hampshire Business Review via Forster's Daily Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A newly planned initiative seeks to retrain information technology workers to teach elderly patients to use new telehealth technologies. Telehealth systems link patients to their health care providers through the Internet using devices capable of transmitting data digitally. Patients also can access their medical records, providing greater participation in their own health care. More

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Internet connects deepest Nepal to telemedics
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Patients in rural Nepal soon will be able to consult specialist doctors via the Internet as part of an innovative scheme to improve health care in remote areas of the Himalayan country. Throughout the next few weeks, the government will begin connecting 25 district hospitals, most of them located in the rugged and inaccessible Himalayas, to specialist consultants in the capital Kathmandu using satellite technology. More

MIT telemedicine project wins 2010 Davis Projects for Peace fellowship
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Moca Lab, an open-source, cell-phone based telemedicine system that extends specialized medical care to resource-poor and conflict areas in the Philippines, has been awarded the 2010 Davis Projects for Peace fellowship. Moca Lab team member Chris Moses, a senior in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, said his team will use the $10,000 award to extend their mobile system of health care delivery to conflict-ridden zones in Mindanao, a large island in the Philippines where religious extremists and military violence severely limit local citizens' access to adequate health care. More

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Diagnosis down the line
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Not long ago, a patient was brought to Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar as an emergency case -- she had stroke symptoms. She was interviewed and examined by a stroke specialist and quickly was put on clot-busting medication, which most probably saved her life. It sounds like a straightforward enough case, but here's the unusual twist: The stroke specialist, Professor Des O'Neill, was 80 kilometers away in Tallaght hospital at the time. He was able to talk to and assess the patient thanks to RP-7, a robotic device with a video link. More

Telehealth systems help patients communicate with their doctors
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When 89-year-old Alton Feeser came home from the hospital recently, he didn't have to leave his watchful medical care behind. Every morning, Feeser takes his vital signs -- blood pressure, oxygen level and weight -- at his Mount Holly Springs home and, thanks to computer technology, they immediately are read by a disease management specialist with Celtic Healthcare in Pittsburgh. "There's nothing to it," Feeser said. More

Telemedicine improves stroke evaluations in rural areas
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A growing number of medical centers in the U.S. that have access to stroke specialists are transmitting their expertise to rural communities via audio/video telemedicine consultation with significant clinical results, according to a new clinical study. The study, Pooled Analysis of the STRokE DOC and STRokE DOC-AZ Telemedicine Stroke Trials, followed two primary "hub" stroke centers -- Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the University of California at San Diego -- and six rural "spoke" hospitals. More

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