The blog reviewed here is ‘Fierce Mobile Healthcare‘. I call it a blog, although it could also be considered as a series of news articles on mobile healthcare technology. This blog is linked in with a number of other IT healthcare blogs and this is a fast emerging area of importance.
The blog contains a white background with articles written in black text on a white background. There is a white and blue title pane which links to other blogs in the series. There are links on the right hand pane to a free newsletter, white papers and events. The left hand pane contains references to press releases, popular topics and recent comments. At the time of writing there are also a number of adverts displayed. There is also a search bar and the reader can see the most e-mailed comments. In order to identify the archived news stories, the reader must click on the more button which brings up a longer list of news items as well as an index at the bottom of the page which orders the articles into pages.
The articles date back to April 28th 2009. The immediately displayed post is a summary of the article. The reader needs to click on a link at the bottom of the page to get to the main article or associated press release. Indeed this first article is about an award for a very useful piece of mobile healthcare software. I was quite surprised to read that in large scale disease surveillance studies that
‘health workers carried hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper to the field, a process that was inconvenient, expensive and environmentally unsound‘
The software in question, esurveyor, is an open source design (meaning the code is transparent, freely available and developed by a collaborative community) and has improved the efficiency of the data collection process as well as being the most widely used healthcare software for mobile devices. This technology when used in combination with the relevant hardware has enabled a number of organisations in sub-saharan countries in Africa to collect public health data which is then used to inform policy. Articles that I found interesting included the following
Use of a mobile communication system in an Accident Emergency system including devices which could be disinfected
New mobile healthcare technologies including software that analyses text messages to assess the owner’s mood
Using RFID to track hospital equipment covered in this article
An article on technology for older adults nicknamed nana technology (see also this article)
Appointment of an executive director at the UCLA Wireless Health Institute
A Florida trial of patient mobile touchscreen devices with multiple functions
The potential of mobile technology to change nursing practice
GPS Shoes to track people with Alzheimer’s Disease
Through several links – this article on 140 potential uses of Twitter in healthcare
Link to an interview with Jay Parkinson on the impact of internet technologies on health
Wireless Body Area Networks for detecting falls in older adults in the home
Article about a mobile screening tool for depression
Healthwear facilitating early hospital discharge
Article about a US insurance company backing telehealth care
Article on medical students use of mobile technology
This is a fairly specialised ‘blog’ with detailed news updates on emerging mobile healthcare technologies and trends.
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