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UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Opening with iPad/Apple TV Patient Care Solution

The brand new UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center will be opening by the end of this year with a patient care solution using iPads and Apple TVs connected to a 60-inch TV in all of their 246 patient rooms. Patients will be able to access their medical information and patient education material using the MyChart Bedside app by Epic, control the lighting, temperature, window shades and the television in their room via the Crestron app. The patient can also stay connected with their family and friends using FaceTime, Skype, and other social apps

A 25 iPad and an accompanying MyChart Bedside app pilot project was conducted at another UCSD hospital over the last six months. eWeek notes that the iPads and the MyChart Bedside apps also allow patients and their families to put video games on the iPads to entertain children who are visiting patients, giving the children something to do while in the hospital. As to outcomes, eWeek quotes an administrator as saying ”We’ve seen measurable results – nurses say that families are staying longer when they visit, which is really beneficial for the patients,” he said. “The goal was to make things easy for the patients, to make them feel more secure.”

From the technical side, when patients are discharged, the iOS hardware uses Jamf Pro and the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to enable the hospital’s IT department with the ability to remotely wipe and re-enroll the device without ever touching it. The Jamf Pro’s Self Service app catalog enables patients to customize their device and simply install the apps they want or need  – without having to enter an Apple ID or password. Patients can also view content or engage with apps on their Apple TV.

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TempTraq 24-Hour Intelligent Thermometer

TempTraq is an intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature to a iOS or Android mobile device. Once activated, the TempTraq wearable patch is active for a continuous 24-hour period of time allowing for one full day of temperature monitoring. The associated app displays both real time and historical temperature data transmitted from the patch in graphical and data table views. The wearable patch transmits data via Bluetooth to the app via Bluetooth. One significant negative about this device is it’s cost of $24.99 for a single 24 hour use device.


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D-EYE Portable Eye and Retinal Imaging System

The D-EYE Portable Eye and Retinal Imaging System attaches to an iOS or Android smartphone, creating a fundus camera for health screening and evaluation. This portable ophthalmoscope is capable of recording and transmitting high-definition images and video of the eye. The D-EYE describes the simple process to use the digital ophthalmoscope: just download the smartphone app, affix the mounting bumper and D-EYE lens, set up patient exam file, focus the phone’s camera and begin recording.


Medgadget has a great interview with Dr. Andrea Russo, the inventor of the D-EYE at http://www.medgadget.com/2015/05/d-eye-low-cost-digital-ophthalmoscope-smartphone-interview.html

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Apple Watch in Breast Cancer Pilot Project

Polaris Health Directions has partnered with the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper to conduct an integrated medical-behavioral health pilot project, using the Apple Watch to capture behavioral data that could affect the courses and outcomes of treatment for breast cancer patients.

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Polaris provides the following overview of the pilot project:

  • Polaris will underwrite the devices (Apple Watch™ Sport 38mm models with pink straps) and development of the app, being responsible for configuration, scientific content design, deployment, monitoring, and support for the wearables platform.
  • MD Anderson Cooper will select a group of breast cancer patients in active treatment, provide personnel and support, and will consult on product design and usability within the health network, as well as within patients’ non-institutional settings. Their health professionals will review the data captured and provide patient support based on the analysis of the data.
  • The project will undergo review and is subject to approval by the Cooper Institutional Review Board. With the support of the IRB, MD Anderson Cooper and Polaris could then jointly publish project findings, at intervals to be determined.

The project will focus on how patients cope with anxiety and depression during two stages of cancer: immediately after they’ve been diagnosed, and after treatment is completed. Researchers at MD Anderson Cooper expect that using the Apple Watch will help increase engagement and collect data that enables them to refine patient treatment plans.

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Apple Watch Support Added to Hospital RN App for iOS

Apple’s website has been updated to reflect Apple Watch support has been added to Hospital RN where it states “It uses iBeacon technology to accurately identify patients by location so nurses can easily find their records and provide appropriate care. Push notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch alert nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action. And Apple Watch lets nurses quickly view notifications so they can stay more focused on patient care.”


The IBM website notes “Facilitate the circle of care – Push notifications on iPhone and Apple Watch alert nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action.”

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Watson Health

After the close of the market today, IBM announced a new partnership with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic called Watson Health. IBM plans on using their Watson technology to use data collected from HealthKit and ResearchKit and utilizing it’s experience in big data and data analytics to deliver personalized healthcare on a large scale. The Watson Health group will provide information to various other companies including Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. Apple will work to integrate Watson-based apps into HealthKit and ResearchKit for these purposes. In the same announcement IBM noted that they are acquiring two start-ups: Explorys, a Cleveland Clinic spin-off with data from 50 million patients used to spot patterns in diseases, treatments and outcomes; and Phytel, a developer of patient management software designed to reduce hospital readmission rates.
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MobileFirst for iOS Healthcare

MobileFirst for IOS HealthcareThere is now interest in nurses using iOS devices (iPad®, iPhone®) from an unexpected source. IBM has just announced MobileFirst for iOS in Healthcare. The Apple-IBM MobileFirst for iOS is an enterprise partnership first announced in July of 2014. These apps are the first foray of this fledgling partnership into the healthcare field. The partnership brings IBM’s big data and analytics knowledge and experience to the iPhone® and iPad®.

Hospital RN

Hospital RN
The Hospital RN app for iPhone frees staff nurses from multiple pagers and phones, and gives them the ability to access any patient’s records from anywhere in the hospital. With iBeacon technology, Hospital RN accurately identifies patients by location so nurses can easily access their records and provide appropriate care. Push notifications on iPhone display patient requests, lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate disposition. Hospital RN gives nurses the power to spend less time tracking down information and more time caring for patients.

Hospital TechHospital Tech
The Hospital Tech app for iPhone keeps nurse technicians closely connected to their care teams, so patient tasks are handled quickly and safely — and help is always a swipe away. Hospital Tech provides a real-time view of lab status, safety alerts, patient requests, and delegated tasks by accessing the hospital’s systems of record so nurse technicians always know exactly where to go and what to do. When shifts change, the next nurse technician is ready to hit the ground running. Hospital Tech brings patient data together seamlessly in a simple, elegant user interface — providing a whole new level of care to the patient.

Hospital LeadHospital Lead
The Hospital Lead app for iPad has all the information charge nurses need right at their fingertips. Push notifications deliver escalated tasks efficiently, so they can be assigned to a staff member with a tap. Prioritized task lists allow issues to be reported, delayed, delegated, or marked complete. And the intuitive dashboard combines multiple hospital databases into a single view, which makes complex actions like patient discharges easy. Hospital Lead and iPad bring mobility and new decision-making power to charge nurses, making caseload management more efficient than ever.

Home RNHome RN
Home RN for iPhone helps nurses deliver great quality of care outside the hospital. iPhone and iOS make it easy for nurses to add photos, videos, text, and audio notes to the patient’s record. Push notifications to the patient’s care team make sharing progress simple and fast. Location-based services built into iOS help nurses find patients’ homes and nearby pharmacies, urgent care centers, and labs. Home RN ushers in a whole new way to deliver home health care without all the paperwork, in a completely mobile workflow. And both the nurses and patients benefit from a faster, more efficient process, which even helps reduce readmissions.

After reading this announcement the following questions remain:
Can these apps interface with existing electronic health record systems?
Can they be used across iOS devices?
Will we see multiple healthcare apps on providers’ devices to help them make their workday more productive (medication reference apps, MobileFirst apps, Voalte One, etc.)?

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