mHealth app lets users set price for medical treatments; AirStrip announces analysis of obstetrics mobile patient monitoring solution;

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> A new iOS mobile app from Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup PokitDok lets patients set a budget for health services and request competitive quotes. In addition to being able to search a provider database of more than 1 million practitioners and give physicians a "quality of care" score, the centerpiece of PokitDok's mobile app is the "Request for Quote" process which gives users the ability assign a price they are willing or able to spend on a particular service and have providers bid for their business. Article

> AirStrip Technologies' mobile patient monitoring solution for women in labor, AirStrip OB, has helped deliver more than 1.4 million babies since its initial deployment in 2006 and more than 2,400 at-risk deliveries have been positively impacted, according the company's detailed analysis. Licensed to thousands of clinicians across the U.S., AirStrip OB has resulted in more than $80 million in positive fiscal impact including helping to mitigate nearly $63 million in malpractice exposure, said the company in a release. Article

> An 83 bed hospital in Wesley Chapel, Fla. has boosted clinical communications with a middleware solution from EXTENSION, Inc. that enables nurses to communicate with multiple patients without relying on noisy overhead paging systems. EXTENSION of Fort Wayne, Ind. announced the completion of phase 1 of its installation with Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel that integrates the facility's Rauland-Borg Responder 5 nurse call system with its 50 Cisco wireless handsets. Article

Health IT News

> A new computer model created by researchers at the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's cancer genome project will help researchers to more accurately determine the various causes of cancer development, according to a study published this month in the journal Cell Reports. Article

> High school students are enthusiastic about CPR training using video-game technology, according to a new study building on previous research showing medical students feel the same. Article

Medical Imaging News

> The ability of a physician to detect adenomas during a colonoscopy is linked to a reduced risk for the patient of developing a new cancer after the procedure. Now, researchers and physicians at the Mayo Clinic in Florida have developed a two-hour course designed to increase a doctor's adenoma detection rate. Article

> Screening for breast and colorectal cancer is most appropriate for patients with a life expectancy of more than 10 years, according to a study published last week in BMJ. Article

And Finally... A woman with Google glasses was spotted in the jungle of New York City's West Village. Article

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