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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DrChrono, an iPad-based electronic health record system, lets clinicians input patient histories and physical exams, do e-prescribing and patient scheduling, convert medical speech into text, and add X-rays and other images. It also provides a template for SOAP notes--the traditional Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan approach used to keep track of patients' course of treatment in many medical settings. DrChrono also can make use of an iPad's video recording capability, letting clinicians add an on-the-spot photo of a skin lesion or a video of an abnormal gait or facial tic, for instance. DrChrono is free to about $800 per month, depending on the number of features the user chooses.
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?