Provider deploys tablets to nurses for home care; BlackBerry taps mHealth app for patient monitoring;

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> An England healthcare provider is deploying 400 tablets and 152 laptops to community nurses and midwifery staff to provide access to patient data during care visits and help patients with treatments plans. The mHealth effort, reports Nursing Times, will also foster real-time communications between the nurses and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust hospital staff during patient home visits. Article

> BlackBerry 10 smartphones and an mHealth management app are being tapped to give home care nursing staff real-time patient information during a visit, and the capability to update client records on the spot, according to a Mobile Enterprise report. The smartphone-app tool also helps caregivers better manage daily schedule changes as well as boost communication between the nursing staff. Article

Health IT News

> U.S.-based patient personal health data is not safe, writes David Blumenthal, M.D., Commonwealth Fund president and Deven McGraw, privacy attorney and member of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Policy Committee, in an editorial related to data breach research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

Healthcare News

> The social network Twitter may prove useful to hospitals in predicting daily emergency room traffic, reveals a new University of Arizona research report. Tweets sharing health-related information played a role in a predictive model on assessing asthma patient traffic to a Dallas ER. Article

> No one likes the paperwork involved in the healthcare environment but now a survey claims the amount of paperwork patients face could be a reason why they put off doctor visits. The Harris Poll report states 60 percent of those polled said they'd rather go online to get healthcare info than deal with the paperwork inherent in a physician office visit. Article

And Finally...These tools were created way before Homo sapiens. Really. Article

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