Monday, June 23, 2008

2 Items of interest

The Hawaii Medical Service Association -- via the state's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan -- will offer state residents and Blue Cross members real-time telephone or online consultations with doctors in its network through Online Healthcare Marketplace. Doctors will be reimbursed by Hawaii Blues plans if their patients are members; others will need to pay on their own.

A retired ophthalmologist has started Cyber-Sight, a telemedicine program that joins 140 medical mentors with 600 ophthalmology professionals around the world. The goal is to improve the quality of eye care and help make difficult diagnoses through e-mailed photos. The program "gave us the possibility to work with such great people, raise the quality of our professional work and the quality of our patients' lives," said one Romanian doctor. The Indianapolis Star (6/23)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Children's Web site takes mystery, fear out of hospital stay

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., uses an interactive Web site to help pediatric patients prepare for their hospital stay, treatments and surgery. A team of nurses created the site to take the fear and mystery out of going to the hospital.

Friday, June 13, 2008

iPhone Imaging app

This was just a matter of time...
iPhone medical imaging application provides multi-planar reconstruction of fused data sets such as PET/CT, enabling physicians to retrieve patient images via iPhone or iPod touch.

2 Telehealth iterms of interest

2 Telehealth iterms of interest, and sign me up for my annual physical for the second item...
Thanks to Guy Dewsbury for the links.

Telecare a key tactic to improve health & well-being of UK’s 6 million carers

Cell Phone-Sensor Technology Used For Prostate Tests

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Middle Tennessee's first ever online community for cancer survivorship

From our friend Rod Ward and better said then anything I could say...

Jacob Weiss is so busy working on his awesome new Drupal site I bet he's not going to have time to let you all know about it. But it's official. It launched yesterday to critical acclaim. Check it out: CanConnect... Middle Tennessee's first ever online community for cancer survivorship. Source: Anna Belle Leiserson Web Coordinator Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Virtual healthcare worker could save patient time and nursing resources

A Japanese research team has developed a proposal for a remote healthcare system that will allow caregivers to communicate with patients through video and voice technologies, keep track of a patient's vital signs, and monitor a patient's food and medicine supply from a remote location. Researchers say that their system could address some important socioeconomic problems, such as providing quality medical care for citizens living in small towns and rural areas. Currently, people in sparsely populated areas of the country are usually required to seek sophisticated healthcare some distance from their homes.