Kaiser Permanente launches iOS app; U.K. wants to hand out smartphones instead of appointment slips;

> A new radio-frequency identification tag system at the Minnesota Children's Hospital takes locator systems a step further. This one ties the locators into the overhead lighting system, changing color according to which clinician is in a patient's room, and helping to track and monitor where medical staff are at any given time. Article

> Kaiser Permanente, after taking a good long time to jump in the mobile pool, is certainly diving for the deep end. KP just announced it has created an iOS version of its new mobile-enabled website and other tools, adding to it's existing Android version. Article

> AliveCor just published a study with the University of Oklahoma that finds its technology compares favorably with traditional 12-lead ECGs. The study found "the iPhone-based event recorder is an accurate clinical tool for ECG assessment," according to a company announcement. Announcement

> The U.K.'s National Health Service is considering handing out smartphones to rural and hard-to-reach patients as a way to replace in-office visits and reduce costs. Not everyone's on board, but the price is certainly right for some government officials. Article

> United Healthcare just created a new transparency app for beneficiaries, to help them identify costs, find cheaper procedure alternatives and other money-saving moves. Article

> Sanofi just brought its FDA-approved iBGStar glucose meter to the U.S. Sanofi officials indicate their position as an insulin-maker and distributor put it in a prime spot to dominate this segment of the market. Article

> Remote monitoring company Withings just partnered up with the popular MyNetDiary app to provide an integrated scale that can track and monitor the users' weight through the MyNetDiary system. Article

> There's a cool new book out that hospital CIOs (and medical staff directors, for that matter) should take a look at. It's called iDisorder, and lays out author and psychologist Larry Rosen's case that overuse of mobile technologies can actually create or cause mental health risks for users. Chief among them are OCD, narcissism and even attention deficit diorder. Interesting reading. Article

And Finally... Checking Facebook while working will always get you into trouble. Article

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