Connected health monthly mash-up #2

Connected health monthly mash-up #2

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Apple’s top 50 iPad apps for doctors
Apple has created an “iTunes healthcare room”, with their selection of the 50 best medical iPad apps. Apparently, this iTunes room can be difficult to find, which is why Mobihealthnews has divided them into categories and made a slideshow. Among these categories you’ll find: Reference, Education, EMR & patient monitoring, Imaging, Point of care, and Personal care. Some of these apps have previously been mentioned here on the blog, such as: DrChrono, Medscape, and WebMD, but this article gives you a more comprehensive overview of what’s available according to your specific needs.

Study: 26 percent are mobile health users
A recent study has shown that today more than a quarter of US adults use their mobile phones to find health-related information compared to only 12% percent in 2010. This impressive growth proves that mobile health is starting to gain momentum.

Paralyzed man moves robot arm with his thoughts
Tim Hemmes’s story is a recent example of how technology can improve patients’ lives. After a motorcycle left him paralyzed for seven years, today Tim can feed himself, high-five a friend, or hold his girlfriend’s hand, all thanks to a robotic arm, which he can move with his thoughts. This technological wonder is a combination of a life-like bionic arm and tiny electrodes implanted in the brain.

LAUNCH! highlights from Health 2.0 San Francisco
As many of you know, Withings was at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco in September. The LAUNCH! session, a segment introducing start-up companies, was one of the highlights. A vast selection of healthcare innovations were presented during the session, and here are some of our favourites:

  • Numera | social, a company developing Facebook apps to help patients manage their health
  • HealthPer, a social health gaming website
  • Glu, an online community to empower patients living with type 1 Diabetes
  • HealthTap, an online platform where 5,000 physicians can answer patient questions for free.

We believe that these innovations bode well for the future of healthcare!

Convert your phone into a pocket ultrasound machine!
Another astounding example of healthcare innovation is the smartphone-powered ultrasound device developed by Mobisante, which helps healthcare professionals practice mobile medicine and reduce costs. The device works via Wi-Fi and is both easier to operate and more affordable than full-sized machines. The imaging system makes it possible to quickly share patient ultrasounds with other physicians.

Image rights: Mobisante / Medscape

 

Susie Felber

Susie is a writer, comedian, and producer who has worked in TV, film, theater, radio, video games, and online. As the daughter of a hard-working M.D., she's had a lifelong interest in health and is currently on a personal mission to "walk the walk" and get her writer's body in better shape.
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