Mobile medicine is everywhere. There's the iPhone app that lets you cut away images of muscle layers to see what lies beneath, an e-health record system for the iPad, and a smartphone-based blood pressure monitor. Here are a dozen innovative ones.
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WellDoc's DiabetesManager is a real-time virtual coach for Type 2 diabetic patients. They log their medication and carbohydrate intake, blood glucose, and other readings into mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Using the patient's data, behavioral algorithms provide automatic, real-time virtual coaching, including reminders to patients about testing, medicine, lifestyle adjustments, and meal recommendations. The advice helps address both high or low glucose readings based on the patient's condition and treatment plan. The data is periodically sent to the patient's doctor to help fill the information gap that often develops between office visits and facilitate the disease management discussion. Various health plans offer the tool to their patient members free of charge.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?