A Patient’s Very Own Tele-Reminder

Wed, May 5, 2010

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Researchers turn cell phones into medication sensors to monitor leukemia drug.

Health care providers are lining up for federal ARRA money, but they’ll mainly be hiring outside IT experts to set up programs and move the health system in the e-world. And private companies are racing to create the IT solutions that will win the providers that money – but not just with electronic records.

Disease management is a field that IT has been involved with for years already.

For instance, scientists are now using a telemonitoring solution to evaluate a drug used by leukemia patients, according to a report by TMCnet.com.

One new product, eMedonline, developed by Leap of Faith Technologies, provides disease management solutions and conducts clinical trials. The company uses wireless technology and radiofrequency identification (RFID), which functions mostly on a cell phone-based infrastructure.

Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield, Ill. is conducting a…

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