Epic launches EMR for iPhone: Epic Systems Corp. today launched their free MyChart app for Apple Inc.’s (NSDQ:AAPL) iPhone, iPad and iTouch which at our medical center. The app provides the following functionalities:
- Test Results: View test result values and standard ranges for each result.
- Messaging: View and reply to messages in the Inbox, and create new medical advice request messages.
- Appointments: View and confirm or cancel upcoming appointments, and view some After Visit Summary information for past appointments.
- Health Advisories: View preventive care procedures and their due dates.
- Health Summary: View medications, allergies, immunizations, and current health issues.
- Proxy Access: View all features listed above for family members.
This functionality permits patients access to portions of the actual electronic medical record used by their doctors in a mobile format. A license agreement must be entered into by the patient that permits the use of their iPhone’s UDID (unique serial number ID) to be collected, transmitted, and stored on their medical center’s designated server for troubleshooting and “audits.” As such, user data will be shared with others within the scope of the license agreement, including third parties. Interestingly, “Apple will have the right to enforce the terms of the License against you as a third party beneficiary thereof,” according to the user agreement. Still, cardiologist blogger Dr. Westby Fisher suspects most users will consider this a very small price to pay for timely access to their health information.
BL Healthcare’s wireless platform now on Verizon’s 4G LTE network: From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, BL Healthcare Inc. announced its 4G LTE-enabled TCx-I Healthcare Access Terminal that delivers multi-point HD video conferencing with simultaneous sharing of medical telemetry between remote patients and their caregivers. Through the platform, the company said it developed the first and only HD video-enabled telemedicine Ecosystem. The BL Ecosystem solution allows patients to securely receive professional medical care in their homes, at work, in small clinics or at nursing and assisted living homes.
Ideal Life launches first Health Tablet: Ideal Life introduced a tablet device that automatically syncs data between healthcare provider information systems and patients’ health records using the company’s remote health monitoring devices. "By being the first tablet that automatically synchronizes with data systems used by providers, patient or caregivers, it gives unprecedented, easy and affordable connectivity for sharing important health information. Most exciting is the ability to directly connect with coaches and providers in the comfort of your home through our secure video communication link on the Ideal Life Health Tablet itself." said company founder and president Jason Goldberg in prepared remarks.
Withings’ babyMonitor for smartphones: Withings, the company that unveiled their iPhone blood pressure cuff just a few days ago, has another new product in the pipeline: a smart babymonitor. This is probably the most advanced video baby monitor ever made, with a 3-megapixel camera and an extra-wide lens, infrared night vision, temperature and humidity sensors, and a sound and motion detector. It connects to your iPhone or Google (NSDQ:GOOG) Android device through wifi or bluetooth and even allows you to select music to play through the monitor. It will send alerts when any unusual movements or temperature changes are detected. It is planned to be released in March.
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