Sunday, November 29, 2009

Guest Posting is now available

Guest Posting is now available

Got the urge to blog and promote your latest innovation to the delivery to healthcare or to mobile computing?

Let us know.
We have several specialized sites that have a strong following:

Android Phone Blog
Blackberry Medicine Blog
EHR PHR Patient Portal PCMH Blog
iPhone Medicine Blog
Smartphone Medical Blog

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

iTwinge iPhone external keyboard

Will you twinge at the iTwinge?
It may be heretical but some people may want to use an external "mechanical" keyboard with their iPhones for prolonged typing. The iTwinge, when attached, would cover the virtual keyboard available in portrait mode. What about you? Please complete our survey.
If its the real thing, it will be shipping in November for $30 American. SV

iTwinge Mobilemechatronics

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

iPhone Consumer Health Apps: Good Morning America

My goal was to assemble 5 affordable apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Total purchase price was under $10.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

ePocrates (free)
Health Cloud (free)
iFitness ($1.99)
Pocket First Aid and CPR ($3.99)
Restaurant Nutrition (free)

This is the link to the Good Morning America interview showing them in operation.


Medication descriptions, side effects, drug-drug interactions, pill identifier

Health Cloud

Native iPhone client for Google Health PHR
Creates a Continuity of Care Record that follows the guidelines of the
American Academy of Family Physicians
Retrieve medical history, surgical history, medication lists, allergies,
lab results


Over 230 exercises illustrated and described
Stretches for individual body parts
12 exercise routines
Ability to track progress

Pocket First Aid and CPR

Topics include CPR, choking, bites, bruises, burns, seizures
Includes instructional videos

Restaurant Nutrition
Nutritional information from Restaurant Chains
Ability to track what is eaten per individual profile
Ability to locate restaurants via Google Maps
Ability to locate restaurants by calorie, fat, carbohydrates

iTunes Store

Related article: Best new software for your smartphone/PDA

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The best new software for your PDA/Smartphone

Here is a short review of software to help make practicing medicine a little easier.

Includes a review of device characteristics:

Android,Apple,BlackBerry,Palm,Symbian,Windows, memory issues, input methods, WiFi, 3G and EHR integration.

Includes products from:

AAP,AAFP,ACP,Epocrates,Johns Hopkins, Merck,Skyscape, UpToDate. SV

Medical Economics Article

Modern Medicine Podcast

Related Article: Consumer Health Applications for the iPhone/iPod Touch

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Make your Smartphone Smarter Podcast

Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of your smartphone. SV

Modern Medicine Podcast

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

iphone video accessory: Owle

Imagine a bracket into which you could snap your iphone.
The bracket would help you hold the camera steady, add accessory lenses, a boom microphone, video light and possibly a camera facing you.

The iphone could then be used to video presentations, procedures and even video conference!

Check out the videos.
How would this help you in your practice and family life? SV


Monday, July 6, 2009

ePocrates OTC drug module available

This should help address the issue of OTC medications and their potential interactions with prescription medications.

Here's the low down: SV

What is the new OTC drug module
The new Epocrates OTC drug module - available with all our premium subscription products - provides the latest information on hundreds of brand name over-the-counter drugs. Our product-specific monographs answer questions such as:

What are the active ingredients and their uses?
What's the dose for my patient's age?
What flavors are available?
Does the product contain alcohol, sugar, or dyes?
Will it interact with prescription and herbal medications?
Is there another product with the same active ingredients, but in a chewable or liquid form?
My patient needs an analgesic, an antihistamine, and an antitussive; is there one product with all of these?
Is this product covered by my patient's health insurance?


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 OS upgrade video

Here's the link.

Get copy and paste, stereo bluetooth, landscape keyboard, peer to peer gaming and more. SV

Video presentation


iPod Touch 3.0 OS upgrade video

Here's the link.

Get copy and paste, stereo bluetooth, landscape keyboard, peer to peer gaming and more. SV

Video presentation


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New iPhone 3 GS: guided tour

The new iPhone is out: runs applications faster (about twice as fast), connects to broadband faster (HSDPA), 3.2 MP camera and does video.
Tell us which applications you use and would like to see. SV

iPhone 3 GS guided tour

Apple WWDC 2009 Keynote address

Saturday, April 11, 2009

iPhone AirStrip OB real time data access

AirStrip Technologies, a pioneer in mobile medical software applications, today announced that it has received FDA clearance to release the AirStrip OB™ application for use on the iPhone, and that the application is now available for download to qualified physicians at Apple's App Store.

AirStrip OB allows obstetricians to use their iPhones to remotely access virtual real-time and historical waveform data for both the mother and baby, including heart tracings and contraction patterns, as well as nursing notes and exam status. The data is sent directly from hospitals' labor and delivery units and can be accessed on the iPhone anytime, anywhere the doctor gets a cell-phone connection.

AirStrip OB

Apple iTunes Applications Store

MEDENT Mobile iPhone application

As an EHR based physician of several years, I must recommend this to current Allscripts users.

I usually carry my 1 kilogram Fujitsu laptop with a Verizon 3G modem. This give me direct access to the office EHR.
The iPhone has made this unnecessary for the procedures listed below!

Give it a spin and let us know what you think. SV

MEDENT Mobile is a user-friendly, web-based interface designed to access MEDENT on the Apple iPhone. It is used within the Safari web browser that comes standard on the iPhone and can be used anywhere you can get internet coverage, including Wi-Fi or 3G/Edge. This interface combines the simplicity of the iPhone with some of the functionality of MEDENT.

MEDENT Mobile Feature List:
View open superbills, much like Chart Central does.
Quickly check and eRx meds
Hospital Rounds
View/edit/create/route triage messages
View/create/reply to MEDENT email
View/edit/create/route todo's
View and route documents
Check Patient History document
Check Problem List


Allscripts Remote iPhone application

As an EHR based physician of several years, I must recommend this to current Allscripts users.

I usually carry my 1 kilogram Fujitsu laptop with a Verizon 3G modem. This give me direct access to the office EHR.
The iPhone has made this unnecessary for the procedures listed below!

Give it a spin and let us know what you think. SV


Apple iTunes Applications Store

Features of Allscripts Remote include:

Patient Summary

> Improved medical decision making with real-time access to the latest patient information.
> Ability to call the patient's home phone with a single tap (available on iPhone only)
> Ability to review patient summary while speaking with patient on the iPhone (available on iPhone only)

with Formulary and Drug Interaction Checking

> Quickly access to full ePrescribing including favorites and full medication search and custom signatures.
> Drug interaction checking
> Access patient-specific formulary status
> Actions are fully documented in Allscripts EHR

Fax to Emergency Room

> Improved continuity of care with up-to-date patient summary information sent directly to emergency rooms.
> Ability to choose from a list of area Emergency Rooms
> Actions are fully documented in Allscripts EHR

Document Call

Reduced medical liability through better documentation of out-of-office actions.

Find Patient

> Intuitive searching allows providers to quickly find the patient based on the information they know.
> Ability to quickly find a patient by searching for last 4 digits of their phone number


> Ability to access to the latest schedule which is very helpful planning tool for providers
> View of schedule provides an easy way to find a recent patient seen in the office (or a patient who is coming in soon).

Manage Task List

> Ability to maximize efficiency with remote access to task list
> Ability to monitor task list for new and urgent tasks
> Ability to improve resolution time for Medication refill requests
> Ability to review and take action on Lab Results


Thursday, April 9, 2009

iPhone Quest Care 360 app

This is a great free application.
It downloads labs lightening fast. Even those over a year old.
You can search for individual patients or look in your "Inbox".
Labs can even be viewed in the traditional "paper" format if you are nostalgic.

I'd like to be able to group like labs together in a table and a graph to follow trends.

If you use Quest labs, you must check it out. SV

Apple iTunes Applications Store

Thursday, February 12, 2009

iPhone WebEx

Yep now you can attend a Webex conference using an iPhone.
There are even less excuses now for not attending. SV


Apple iTunes Applications Store

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Merge Mobile PACS viewer

Merge Mobile is breakthrough technology intended to help health organizations and clinicians improve quality of care, reduce costs and improve responsiveness to patients. Today, radiologists and physicians have access to patient medical images from computers connected to their practice management or PAC (picture archiving and communications) systems. Applications* built upon Merge Mobile technology will enable radiologists to view emergency cases directly from their iPhone or iPod touch, consult with colleagues and, when necessary, forward critical findings directly and securely to a patient’s referring physician.

"Merge Healthcare will usher in a new era of mobile healthcare by bringing advanced medical imaging information to the fingertips of physicians," said Justin Dearborn, Merge Healthcare Chief Executive Officer. "Merge Mobile leverages the rapid convergence of mobile and medical technology development to empower new approaches in healthcare delivery and coordination."

Merge Mobile technology will enable the development of applications to retrieve CT, MRI, X-ray and other images wirelessly, and to perform standard radiologic manipulations to guide decision-making, much like computer-based solutions such as PACS. Few solutions of this kind exist today, and most experience download delays associated with medical imaging’s large data sets. Merge Mobile incorporates advanced remote rendering techniques, including multi-planar reconstruction (MPR), which eliminate downloading of large data quantities to the mobile device and enable near-immediate access to images. Features include remote stack viewing using the iPhone multi-touch interface, scroll, contrast adjustment, zoom and pan. A secure communication protocol addresses privacy.

Merge Healthcare provides sample images and data via a demonstration server with the free Merge Mobile download at