Walgreens App Allows for Virtual Checkups

Walgreens is teaming up with MDLive to launch a virtual physician visit feature on its mobile app, the company announced in early December. MDLive is a provider of virtual health services that will connect customers with certified physicians through video chat on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.   Virtual visits are for nonemergency health conditions, such as upper respiratory tract infections, ear aches, sore throats, and rashes, and are not intended for more serious symptoms such as chest pain. Physicians can write prescriptions after the virtual visits, too. The Walgreens app, which works with iOS and Android devices, will allow customers to make appointments, as well.   Appointments are $49, and usually last 10 to 15 minutes, Dr. Harry Leider, MDLive’s chief medical officer, told Chicago Tribune. The service is available to California and Michigan residents, and will be rolled out in other states in the next few years.   Read the full story: http://trib.in/1wvNgnW.   Tags: technology, innovations, Walgreens, Walgreens app, virtual appointment, smartphone, tablet, computerPublished: 12/11/2014 10:09:00 AM Original Article… Syndicated From…

Samsung’s Newest US System Designed for Portable Market

By Alissa Katz   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Samsung Medison 510(k) clearance for the UGEO PT60A in August 2013, and the company released its tablet-based ultrasound system two months later.   Designed for the portable market, the UGEO PT60A ultrasound system features a 10.1-inch LED full touch screen and Needle Mate technology, which delineates the needle’s location during procedures like nerve blocking, corticosteroid injections, and PIC line insertions. Its SDMR and Spatial Compounding Image technology eliminates unwanted speckle noise and incorporates beam steering and compounding of scan lines to provide spatial and contrast resolution.     The QuickScan feature offers patients an improved service with faster and more accurate diagnoses, and the Auto IMT offers output such as the Framingham Score, risk factors, and a user graph. Additionally, settings including mean, max, standard deviation, and quality index measurements are instantly available.   In addition to a handle for easy transport, the system also features a tilting monitor, lift table, micro probe connector and three additional probe ports, and a basket space with an encased printer and gel storage space. The company produces convex, linear, and phased array probes that are compatible with the PT60A.   Samsung, in collaboration with emergency services vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is undergoing trials using the tablet-based ultrasound system to help inform advance treatment for critical trauma patients.   Tags: technology, innovations, Samsung, Samsung healthcare, Samsung ultrasound systems, US, ultrasound systemsPublished: 1/8/2015 12:38:00 PM Original Article… Syndicated From…

CriticaLink Helps Countries Lacking EMS

Jennifer Farrell, a Fulbright scholar and fourth-year medical student at Tulane University, founded CriticaLink, a nonprofit mobile app company, to more quickly help first responders get to accidents in countries where emergency medical services are inconsistent or, in some cases, nonexistent.   Calls made through the app will be dispatched through a call center, or app users can send photos and submit geo-tagged information. When accidents are reported, nearby trained first responders will receive a ping and a pop-up notification on their phones. The number for the call center is a long one for now (096 7878 7878), but post-pilot phase, the company will transition to a shorter number, like 911, once they’ve collected enough data and make any necessary changes to the system, Ms. Farrell said.     The app launched in the Google Play store this past November, along with the call center. “We are working on the Apple and Windows version, but since 87 percent of our volunteers run Android phones in Bangladesh — they’re cheaper and easier to come by — [there] hasn’t been a big push,” she said. Tags: CriticaLink, Google Play, EMS, emergency medicine, Android, BangladeshPublished: 1/27/2015 8:38:00 AM Original Article… Syndicated From…

The Health e-MedRecord

Emergency Medicine News spoke with Carlo Reyes, MD, JD, the vice chief of staff and the assistant medical director of emergency medicine at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA, and the founder and CEO of Health e-MedRecord, a patient-centered and emergency physician-designed EMR solution. He discussed the difference between his EMR and every other product available, the emphasis on patient involvement, and how his product is HIPAA-secure. Below is an abbreviated transcript of the interview. Read Dr. Reyes’ past columns at http://bit.ly/ReyesAtYourDefense.     Why is the Health e-MedRecord different from every other EMR? Probably the most important difference of HEMR is that this is a company that was founded by doctors and for the purposes specifically of realizing the potential of what an electronic medical record was intended to do, which was to make doctors and providers and nurses more efficient in delivering high-quality patient care. You know, I’ve been practicing emergency medicine and pediatrics for 12 years now, and as electronic medical records unfolded in the context of meaningful use and all these requirements, it’s actually made us less efficient. It makes no sense to me.           It’s really a company that focuses on the needs of the providers that actually deliver the care with the purpose of improving workflows and efficiencies that really takes advantages of the technology of today. A lot of the health records that I use are actually antiquated and don’t really use any of the technologies that could make providers more efficient,…