Mobile eye exam wins $10k prize; BlackBerry app makes HealthLink connection;

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> A mobile eye exam technology won the first $10,000 healthcare innovation prize from OSU Wexner Medical Center. Ohio University Associate Professor Melissa Bailey developed a hardware and software tool, which measures visual acuity, eye alignment and other signs of eye health. The low-cost tablet device can be used for mobile mobile health clinics, school health offices and military outposts. Article

> A new native BlackBerry 10 app from CellTrak will let users securely access HealthLink data via their smartphone. Caregivers can view and update patient care plans in real time and use messaging and photo capture capabilities. The app is offered along with CellTrak's latest platform, HealthCare Team Portal, which lets users view patients' clinical and demographic information in a central location. Article

> Healthcare organizations in six New York locations have a new mobile option for an organizational flu shot program. Mobile Health is deploying an automatic flu shot scheduling system--organizations can upload a list of employees and the system schedules and notifies each employee of their appointments. Announcement

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> Telemedicine services in Florida are hitting legislative hurdles as Republican Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a bill funding a trio of telemedicine projects, including $1 million for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, $500,000 for St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville and $275,000 for Baptist Health South Florida in Miami. While state House and Senate members have debated the benefits and pitfalls of telemedicine, they have yet to come to a consensus. Article

> Whether it's an online commercial database or a homegrown system, data mining is informing--and transforming--how clinicians treat patients. But although such systems can process vast amounts of structured data, they still have trouble with more nuanced pieces of information. Article

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> Patient-centered medical homes aim to enhance quality of care--new research finds that quality improvement comes from the community and culture created through the program rather than technology. Article

And Finally... How not to use mobile tools in the operating room. Article