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Mobile Phones In Healthcare
Mobile phones in healthcare are connecting doctors, patients and information in creative and innovative ways. Early indications are that more health and fitness applications of cell phones are on the way. [MORE...]
Getting beyond blood glucose tracking and nutritional information research, My Diabetes Guide steps patients through healthy living with diabetes. Designed by Humana's Sensei in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, the healthcare mobile application tells a patient what to do, what to know, what to eat, and what to ask their doctors.
Mednet, a provider of cardiac monitoring products and surveillance services, is helping doctors and patients remotely monitor heart arrhythmia through personal mobile devices. Under a contract with AT&T, Mednet's HEARTRAK External Cardiac Ambulatory Telemetry (ECAT) solution will facilitate wireless monitoring of patient devices via Bluetooth-enabled cell phones.
Add physical fitness to the benefits of cell phones - thanks to BiM Active, a suite of applications from Bones in Motion, now part of adidas. This mobile fitness solution is similar to one available on the Nokia 5140i cell phone and is one more showcase of mobile phones in healthcare.
BodyTel Scientific is showcasing GlucoTel Meter, a blood glucose monitoring device with integrated Bluetooth technology.
Part of the GlucoTel telemedical diabetes self-management system, the GlucoTel blood glucose meter collects and sends blood sugar readings to the patient's mobile phone via Bluetooth. The data is then automatically sent to a secure Internet database via SMS for long-term access by the patient and their doctor.
"By securely transmitting and recording accurate glucose data to patients and physicians we believe we can reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes," said Stefan Schraps, CEO of BodyTel Scientific.
Developed jointly by Mayo Clinic and Digital Cyclone, a division of Garmin - the GPS device maker, a new software application delivers health information and tools to cell phones.
The Mayo Clinic InTouch wireless health program gives mobile phone subscribers access to first-aid tips, short health news videos and health alerts.
Taking the benefits of cell phones to a new level, InTouch features a symptom checker that provides self-care guidelines or advises emergency care for common symptoms. To find a nearby health facility, just enter your zip code into your cell phone or let your GPS-enabled phone find one.
Add physical fitness to the benefits of cell phones - thanks to BiM Active, a suite of applications from Bones in Motion, now part of adidas. This mobile fitness solution is similar to one available on the Nokia 5140i cell phone.
BiM Active, renamed adidas miCoach, enables runners, cyclists, and walkers to wirelessly capture and monitor their fitness exercise activity in real-time on GPS-enabled Sprint and Nextel phones, as well as select Verizon phones, including Samsung SCH-a930 and SCH-a990, LG Chocolate (VX8500), Motorola V325, RAZR V3c and RAZR V3m. The service transforms the phone into a virtual coach and offers users feedback during their exercise through sound alerts.
When the activity is complete, the exercise information is uploaded to a personal miCoach portal, where users can chart their personal progress and share information such as routes with ratings and reviews.