Mobile Health: Using an App as Prescribed
The idea of medically prescribed apps excites some people in the health care industry, who see them as a starting point for even more sophisticated applications that might otherwise never be built. But first, a range of issues — around vetting, paying for and monitoring the proper use of such apps — needs to be worked out. Smartphone apps already fill the roles of television remotes, bike speedometers and flashlights. Soon they may also act as medical devices, helping patients monitor their heart rate or manage their diabetes, and be paid for by insurance.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/technology/coming-next-doctors-prescribing-apps-to-patients.html, August 21, 2012
Congress of the Philippines: Persons with Disabilities to Get VAT Exemption
A lawmaker today urged Congress to fast track the approval of a bill exempting persons with disabilities from paying value added tax (VAT) on medicine, transportation, hotels, restaurants, theaters and other business establishments.
From http://tinyurl.com/d9erzyn, August 21, 2012
Digital Books Beneficial for Blind People
Digital books may not be for everyone. But for blind people, they're a true revolution. Historically, only a tiny proportion of published books have made it into braille. But now technology means no book is off limits.
From http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/17/peter-white-books-braille-ereaders?CMP=twt_gu, August 18, 2012
Digital Bracelet Detects if Medical Staff Need to Wash Their Hands
sraeli startup company Hyginex has developed a simple system to reduce healthcare risks around hospitals and medical practices. The company has created digital bracelets that work alongside sensor-embedded soap dispensers to detect if the user has washed their hands properly. The non-intrusive bracelet has a tiny red LED light to also remind the medical practitioner to wash their hands between patients.
From http://mashable.com/2012/08/17/digital-medical-bracelet/, August 18, 2012
Start-ups Eager to Get Mobile Medical Devices to Market
Start-ups ventures bullish on the potential of mobile medical devices are flooding the test market with innovations that redefine the concept of home healthcare. As the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week, there's the prosthetic leg from Orthocare Innovations that utilizes a cell phone app to adjust the heel height for wear with different shoes. It adjusts automatically when the user walks on an incline.
From http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/startups-eager-get-mobile-medical-devices-market/2012-08-17, August 18, 2012
Airline iPad Policy Sparks Disability Dispute
American Airlines is taking heat for requiring a teen who is nonverbal to stow the iPad she relies on to communicate during a recent flight. Carly Fleischmann, a 17-year-old with autism from Toronto, lambasted American Airlines on her Facebook page earlier this week for limiting access to the iPad she uses to speak. On her way home from Los Angeles last Friday, Fleischmann said that a flight attendant told her to put away the tablet for takeoff and landing and was unwilling to bend even after Fleischmann’s aide explained that it was a communication device.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/08/16/airline-ipad-dispute/16266/, August 18, 2012
Report: Governments Should Promote Digital Health Innovations
Governments should play a role in leveraging digital technology to improve the health care industry, according to a report by the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group, Modern Healthcare reports. The report was presented earlier this month at the Global Health Policy Summit in London. The summit was supported by the Qatar Foundation and Imperial College of London.
From http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2012/8/16/report-governments-should-promote-digital-health-innovations.aspx, August 17, 2012
Make Your iOS App Accessible with VoiceOver
You probably know that Apple’s range of iOS devices comes with a built-in screen reader called VoiceOver. What you may not be aware of, though, is just how easy it is to make your apps accessible. When VoiceOver is enabled, the basic gesture set changes. For example, a single tap highlights an item and speaks its name, and a double one opens or activates the item.
From http://www.netmagazine.com/features/make-your-ios-app-accessible-voiceover, August 16, 2012
Latest Edition of Official GMAT Study Guide for Visually Impaired Includes Integrated Reasoning Section
The 13th edition of the Official Guide for GMAT® Review in a talking book format has been updated and now includes a chapter on the new Integrated Reasoning section that is now part of the GMAT exam. The talking book format was designed expressly to help individuals with visual impairments and reading-based disabilities prepare for the GMAT exam. The new version is available for purchase at www.mba.com/dtb. Just like its physical counterpart, the Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition Digital Talking Book includes more than 900 real questions and answer explanations from past GMAT exams. Additionally, a new chapter on Integrated Reasoning includes 50 Integrated Reasoning questions and answer explanations. This new chapter is available via an access code that takes users to a website.
From http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1691771.htm?goback=.gde_1854667_member_148036421, August 16, 2012
HelloAgain Challenge Calls for Participants to Improve Existing Mobile Technology to Help Older Adults
For many of the elderly, mobile phones, phone accessories, and phone applications are just too hard to use, too unreliable, or too irrelevant. Mobile technology is not just for the young. Older adults also need to use cell phones to connect to friends and family, to solve problems with caregivers, to work from home, and to increase their independence. Any kind of idea is eligible, as long as it involves mobile technology and helps older adults or their caregivers. Some categories that ideas might fall into include "Caring From Afar", "Working From Afar", "Connecting Friends and Family", "Health Management", and "Emergency Aid". The only limits are those set by your own imagination.
From http://www.helloagainchallenge.com/index.html, August 14, 2012