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#HIMSS: ANOTHER EVENT - MORE PROMISES

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I feel like I'm stuck on writing about events - and most times it seems like déjà vu all over again!  I just finished talking about Mobile World Congress and now, another.

Really, I'm not addicted to these shows but rather intrigued at how many events take place, especially in the beginning of the year.   It's almost like a frat party - you come to mine and I'll come to yours, and we'll talk about the same things, make the same promises, yada, yada, yada.

So what is supposed to be the crème of health care shows takes place next week in Orlando.  The #HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition is expected to host nearly 30,000 attendees, with more than 900 exhibitors.  The conference, as with others, also offers educational sessions for attendees - some 400+ at this year's event.

And how appropriate that the show is in Orlando -- companies and people talking about the future of health care, where else, in fantasy land!  Every company exhibiting will have their big toys on hand to put their positive spin on how technology can truly reform the health care system.  I don't doubt that their solutions can and will work to drive down costs and enhance the quality of health care, but again, it's deploying and executing those solutions and educating all involved for adoption and mainstream use to take place.

It sounds like the educational sessions might actually be geared toward doing just that - educating.  Teaching those in the health care industry is a good start.  From the research I've read, I hope there are some doctors in attendance, as they are cited as the ones that need the most training, followed by nurses and then administrative staff.

Also, the conference is supposed to offer real-world success stories of using health care technology.  I find that having first hand examples of how someone is using something new, and actually gaining benefits, is the best way to educate people.  No demo, the real thing.

All that said though, I expect there to be demonstrations galore without the real life use examples.  In one of the benefits of attending the show I think I read something like, "health IT that could bring the greatest value to the greater health care community."  Could?  Let's be a bit more positive on this one team and say "can" or "will" if you're really convinced this stuff will work.  It's not like you're offering a diagnosis where you have to be sure to let patients know all the alternatives.  Guess this is what happens when you have medical folks running a conference.

Next show up is the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) event - again in Orlando.  I'm sure they'll have a medical component also, but geared more toward #mHealth, making some of the products at #HIMSS mobile.

But I promise to make that the last event I talk about this year - unless something really groundbreaking happens.

Have a safe and healthy week

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mHealth Sounds

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The march into the future continues . . . 



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mHealth - A Significant Step Forward

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By now you've all read about the hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of health care applications available for smartphones, tablets, etc., but none have made as significant an impact on moving mHealth to the next level as the one given approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week.

Last Friday's approval by the FDA of Cleveland-based MIM Software's Mobile MIM application was a landmark for mHealth. The new mobile radiology application will allow physicians to view medical images on the iPhone and iPad manufactured by Apple Inc. As with other applications, I'd think you can assume it will eventually be available for mobile devices running other operating systems.

The application is the first cleared by the FDA for viewing images and making medical diagnoses based on computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET).

While it is not intended to replace full workstations and is indicated for use only when there is no access to a workstation, the approval to use the application is a giant leap forward - especially in rural areas where health care can be better served through telemedicine or mHealth solutions. More importantly, doctors will no longer have to wait for actual x-rays or scans to physically be delivered.

Mobile MIM initially was the first medical app in Apple's AppStore in 2008, but due to regulatory concerns had to be removed a short time later...until last week.

mHealth lives!

Really think of it. Any CT, MRI or PET images taken by a hospital or at a provider's office can be sent to the appropriate portable device after being compressed for a "secure network transfer" through the Mobile MIM software. The software allows providers to measure both distance and intensity values for the images. As mentioned in the past, security is a key component for technology adoption of health care applications and it is built into the application.

Even though it is strictly regulated, I expect the FDA to approve more applications and mobile devices for the medical industry in order to move health care reform in a positive direction.

Have a safe and healthy week


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Tech Term - Web Bug

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Web Bug


Definition:
  A link on a given Web page or embedded in an email message that contains a link to a different Web site and therefore passes a call, and information, unknown to the user, to a remote site.

Most commonly a web bug is either invisible or unnoticeable (typically it is one pixel in size) in order not to alert the user to its presence.



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