Take two apps ... and text me in the morning
Mobile app boutique Happtique has launched a fi rst-of-its-kind, trial pro- gram that enables doctors to prescribe mobile health apps as part of a recov- ery, treatment or wellness plan. The overarching goal
is to provide physician-to-patient mobile technologies and services that will improve compliance and health outcomes.
The trial service, called mRx, has recruited physi- cian prescribers specializing in the treatment of heart disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as physical therapists and trainers. Participating prescribers have received training and access to a subset of specialty-specifi c apps, allowing them to integrate appropriate programs into their patients’ treatment programs. Happtique is tracking both prescribing processes and patient mRx downloads throughout the summer to gauge overall program effectiveness, garner provider input and help to construct an appropriate future app catalog. Learn more about Happtique’s services at www.happtique.com.
EMR use is fi rst for U.S. team at summer Olympic Games
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One new “record” has already been set before the Olympic Games begins July 27. For the fi rst time, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will use electronic medical records (EMRs) instead of paper records for managing athlete care. The USOC will use GE’s Centricity Practice Solution, an integrated EMR and practice management product, to manage the care of more than 700 athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as for 3,000 additional records maintained by USOC staff. The GE Centricity Practice Solution will be seamlessly connected with GE’s Centricity PACS-IW technology for medical record image viewing and storage. The technology aims to replace the reams of paper records historically shipped by the USOC to the games. Doctors will have faster access to athletes’ medical records, which should provide more targeted care. Continued use of the solution after the big event is over will let physicians keep a close eye on athletes when they are training and competing at home and abroad for a long time to come. Learn more at www.gehealthcare.com/centricity- practice-solution.
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GE, Philips, Sprint are big winners from FCC wireless rulings WASHINGTON REPORT
An FCC ruling an- nounced on May 24 es-
tablished a vendor-neutral, dedicated wireless spectrum for medical body area networks (MBANs), which could revolutionize the way patients are monitored and help eliminate the physical wires that tether patients to hospital beds. MBANs are small, wearable sensors that can collect real-time clinical information, such as temperature and respiratory function, and aggregate it at a nearby device for local processing and forwarding to centralized displays and electronic medical records. The advance could help patients be more mobile, which may contribute to improved patient outcomes and recovery, and enhance their overall comfort.
GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare identifi ed and advocated for MBANs to share a piece of the spectrum
traditionally used by the aerospace industry and govern- ment agencies for fl ight testing. According to GE, the medical and aerospace industry submitted a joint proposal in 2011 to the FCC detailing how MBAN devices could reliably share wireless spectrum with safety-related aero- nautical telemetry operations. With this ruling, the FCC has allocated 40 MHz of spectrum – 2360 to 2400 MHz – for use by MBAN devices on a shared, secondary basis. This provides a spectrum band for short-range medical technolo- gies to facilitate reliable low-power operation. In a separate ruling issued the same day, the FCC in- creased the fl exibility for Sprint Nextel to deploy advanced wireless services in portions of the 800-MHz band, which should enable the provider to roll out its CDMA2000 and LTE low-band, broadband wireless services to more users and provide better indoor coverage.
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