Preventice, Mayo Clinic partner on skin allergy app:
Preventice partnered up with Mayo Clinic to create a web-based and iPhone apps, the CARD System, to give physicians and patients information on chemicals, preservatives and fragrances in skin-care products that might cause allergic skin reactions. The apps are designed to help patients find safe products and track allergic reactions.
Medtronic’s injectable pacemaker could be 5 years from the market:
Medtronic, which is developing the world’s smallest pacemaker, could have the device on the market in five years, according to vice president for medicine and technology Stephen Oesterle. The devices hardware is already mostly developed, including a circuit board, oscillator, capacitor, memory and wireless telemetry (in demos, Oesterle has used a BlackBerry to transmit and receive data to and from the device). The big remaining obstacle is a power source.
Contest: Design app, win $5,000:
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School have developed a first-of-its kind platform for a flexible HIT environment and promote innovation. The SMArt (Substitutable Medical Applications, reusable technologies) platform and interface are being made publicly available with a $5,000 competition challenging developers to create apps for patients, physicians or the public health.
Is Android poised to overtake the iPad?:
Despite its early dominance among healthcare professionals, Apple’s iPad is being threatened for supremacy in the tablet computers market by a number of new tablets that run Google’s Android operating system.
Mobile health IT startup targets autism:
AutismSphere is working to bring traditional paper methods into an electronic form with added features and functionality. AutismSphere’s software works on smart phones and mobile devices, and it is in a beta test in a small North Carolina school district.