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AirStrip CRITICAL CARE

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is taking place in San Francisco right now. On the first day Apple introduced the new iPhone 3G S. They also continued their tradition of presenting some interesting upcoming applications.

AirStrip Technologies has presented its new medical app called Critical Care. I really don’t have any comments at this moment other than WATCH THE VIDEO IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!

AirStrip CRITICAL CARE features include:

  • Virtual Views – Remote, virtual real-time monitoring of live cardiac rhythm strips and other waveform data such as pulse oximetry, end tidal CO2 and peak ventilator pressures.
  • Strip Zooming – The zoom feature maintains relative size of waveforms and the background grid allows for easy assessment and measurements.
  • Automated Caliper – The automated caliper measures designated intervals, both automatically and manually.
  • Strip Scrolling – The scroll function allows users to quickly scroll through stored waveform data, such as telemetry strips.
  • Patient Data Display – Tidal volume, airway pressure, flow and volume readings are also available in virtual real-time, directly from patient monitors.

AirStrip already has one interesting application available in iTunes store called AirStrip OB. This application, intended for obstetricians, delivers vital patient waveform data — including fetal heartbeat and maternal contraction patterns — in virtual real-time directly from the hospital labor and delivery unit to a doctor’s iPhone.

If you are interested you can watch the whole Apple WWDC 2009 Keynote Address.

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How Mayo Clinic utilizes Web 2.0

Lee Aase (@LeeAase) is manager of Syndication and Social Media for Mayo Clinic. During Community 2.0 Conference which recently took place in San Francisco, he presented how Mayo Clinic has been taking advantage of Web 2.0 and social media. Take a look at his slide show to learn how Mayo Clinic fantastically promotes itself with basically no financial investments.

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Doylestown Hospital uses iPhones

Apple has published a profile of the Doylestown Hospital which relies on a mobile workforce of 360 independent physicians using iPhones.

Dr. Scott Levy, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Doylestown Hospital said that with iPhone use, they’ve seen clear, noticeable improvements in patient care.

Here is what physicians can do with their iPhones in this hospital:

  • use push email to receive the hospital’s time-sensitive email alerts, as well as have access to calendars and contacts
  • have cellular service anywhere in the hospital, including ICU, so they can be on call and available around the clock
  • secure mobile access to the hospital’s electronic medical records system
  • can see everything needed for patient care, including vital signs, medications, lab results, allergies, nurses’ notes, therapy results, and even information about patient diet
  • use medical reference applications such as Epocrates Essentials to help explain diseases, interpret lab results, and provide drug information right at the patient’s bedside

Take a look at the following video to learn more.

Don’t despare if you are not working in a similar hospital. There are still a lot of useful things you can do with your iPhone. Read my “Why is iPhone perfect for doctors” article to get you started.

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Microsoft Surface for Doctors

Microsoft Surface is a Multi-touch product which is developed as a software and hardware combination technology that allows a user, or multiple users, to manipulate digital content by the use of natural motions, hand gestures, or physical objects. To get a better idea watch the video below.

So far, it has been utilized in markets like entertainment and hospitality. For instance some Las Vegas casinos have installed it to allow their customers to flirt and order specialty drinks using the technology. But wouldn’t it be great to have this technology applied in the health care industry. Well, this is exactly what Texas Health Resources (THR), a large Texas health care provider is hoping to do. After Microsoft demonstrated Surface in Dallas a few months ago, they invited clinicians, as well as administrators and technologists to brainstorm ideas for its use in hospitals. Reportedly they received over 100 ideas which were then narrowed down, and they decided that the first one to be developed is going to be a tool for patient-doctor relationships.

The proposed application will allow doctors to share with patients all kinds of digital content, including medical images like MRIs, X-rays, EKGs, radiology reports, and also streaming media content, such as video of coronary angiogram procedures. The goal is to help patients better understand their medical condition, doctor recommendations, and potential medical procedures so that they can in turn make better decisions about their health.

Off the top of my head I can think of other potential uses of this technology in the hospitals. First of all, it would be great for radiologists to review their images on, especially 3D reconstructions from CT and MRI scans. Also, it would be useful in the preoperative period for a surgical team to sit in front of Surface and together review all the patient’s data and go through the procedure. Education is another field it could be used for. Just imagine anatomy classes specially designed for this device. Mind blowing!
I am sure you too can think of some excellent ideas. Why not post them here in the comments section.

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Baghdad ER

I just watched a great documentary by the team of Emmy Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill called Baghdad ER. This HBO documentary brings a story of medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the US Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq.

It is quite shocking and a great reminder how pointless and stupid any war is. For now own, every time I catch myself thinking that I am having a rough night, I am going to thing of these brave people. You think your ER is hard, think again. I was left feeling kind of helpless at the end of the movie, because the number of killed and injured, for the most part young, people just keep increasing without any sign of stopping.

Dear colleagues in Iraq, or anywhere else in the world where there is a war, you have my utmost respect. Hold on, hopefully for not much longer.

You can buy the Baghdad ER DVD from the HBO store.

Here are some screen shots from the film.

Usual morning meeting of medical staff.
Baghdad ER

The world’s most dangerous road, Route Irish in Baghdad.
Baghdad ER

They just lost a friend in the attack by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Baghdad ER

M.D. Cigar Night. Something doctors do just to feel sane. Of course, bombs are blasting in the background, choppers are flying overhead and there is some risk of getting shot by snipper.
Baghdad ER

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