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Consumer ultrasounds: looking inside yourself from the comfort of home

Brian Dolan at MobiHealthNews has an interesting post on the future of "consumerization of medical devices." GE Healthcare recently released Vscan, an $8000 ultra-mobile ultrasound device; in a few years, it is possible that patients will have similar hand-held devices in their homes.

Healthcare continues to go mobile

My dinner companion last night was telling me about someone he knows who wears some kind of heart monitor that uploaded his information in real-time, and that if there was a problem, he would get a call from his doctor.  "That sounds like CardioNet to me," I exclaimed.  He looked at me oddly, wondering why I would know such a random thing. Meanwhile, I was thinking to myself, "Wow, I am only two degrees separated from someone who is actually using this cool piece of mobile health technology."

Congratulations to Zume Life on going live!

A company we have been following for a while, Zume Life, officially launches today.  Zume Life offers a personal health management system enables people who have ongoing health issues (e.g., chronic disease, weight loss, treatment recovery) to better track and adhere to their programs and regimens, and to draw on their personal support network.  Its mobile application, Zuri, and its web portal, are intended to facilitate the ongoing "4 R's" of ongoing self-care, which are:

From mood rings to mood phones

Of all the interesting people I have met during my time here at IFTF, Gary Wolf ranks way up there.  A contributing editor at Wired, he and his colleague, Kevin Kelly, have been developing the idea of the quanitifed self for at least the last couple of years.  They maintain a website devoted to the subject, and hold monthly meet-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area to bring together others interested in various forms of self-monitoring and data collection about oneself.

iPhone med apps continue to flourish--and with fun names, too!

Though it might be hard to take seriously a medical application named "Diagnosaurus," especially with its cute logo— —this one seems to be worthy of consideration. 

From Unbound Medicine,

Diagnosaurus is a valuable quick reference tool that contains over 1,000 differential diagnoses. . . .  [T]his application helps health care professionals reach accurate diagnoses with speed and confidence where it is needed most, at the point of care.

Is your iPhone a Medical Device? Who knew?!

I came across an interesting item about a recent presentation given by Don Witters from the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), but before I could write about it, I had to answer several questions for myself.  First, I had to figure out what TEPR+ (the name of the event Witters was attending) stood for.  Turns out that TEPR is the acronym for "Toward an Electronic Patient Record" Conference, sponsored by the Medical Records Institute (MRI) (though I learned that here, not from the MRI website). 

Yet more on mobile health

Okay, okay.  I confess that I have mobile health on my brain.  But I swear I didn't seek out this item.  I was simply visiting one of my regular blog sources--"Technology, Health & Development: Finding global health solutions through innovation and technology"--and came across this entry about new mobile phone medical apps.  One is a low-cost (less than $100) electrocardiogram (ECG) machine that would use cell phones to transmit data to a computer where it can be analyzed and reviewed by a doctor.  Another is a tumor-imaging application.

On-the-go heart monitoring

Researchers affiliated with Northern Ireland's University of Ulster have developed a disposable adhesive electrode patch that uses wireless technology to transmit information about a patient's heart and other vital data (like respiratory rate, temperature, and blood oxygenation levels). According to the university's press release,

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