FCC allocates spectrum for healthcare; Microsoft kickstarts accelerator with health apps;

> As expected, the FCC voted to allocate segments of the wireless spectrum specifically for medical body area networks. The wireless networks will support development of remote, aka wireless, monitoring of patients both in the hospital and at home. Article

> Microsoft is kicking off its first startup/accelerator program for Kinect-enabled apps. The company is looking for the next big thing in apps, and has several healthcare apps in its freshman class, including one that helps with in-home rehab for stroke patients. Article

> A British blogger at the Daily Mail expresses what many clinicians may be feeling as mobile technology continues to put pressure on in-person visits--that while apps are useful, they shouldn't be replacing direct physician-to-patient contact. Article

> MCN Learning has debuted an iPhone app to help nonverbal patients, or those with communication difficulties, to explain their level of pain. The app is expected to particularly help in pediatrics, with children who can't, or won't, fully disclose their symptoms and pain levels. Article

> Creators at Isabel Healthcare recently announced that they've created a mobile app version of their previously web-based tool, which helps physicians and other clinicians use their iPads or iPhones to search more than 6,000 pediatric and adult diseases. Company officials say the app already has made Apple's App Store's "list of top grossing apps in the medical category." Article

> Patients want to see what doctors are looking at on their smartphones, but within reason, says a new survey. When docs shared a brief, easy-to-understand screen or two with patients, they got the best response, compared with longer, more medically complicated information. Article

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