The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using electronic media to improve patient care

    At the Primhe conference at the University of Warwick, UK, iPLATO announced the launch of a mobile stress service. “Triggered through a web-interface or through text message it offers users top 20 tips on dealing with stress.”

    iPATO is a UK company that develops programs that use cell phones and the Internet to complement healthcare — among other industries.

    Here are some of their services and their application to healthcare.

    • Patient Care Messaging: Sends a text message to the patient’s mobile phone combined with an ability to cancel or confirm appointments via reply text.
    • Mobile Clinical Access: Allows healthcare professionals to access medical records during patient consultation.
    • Compliance Messaging: Uses text messaging to ensure patients take their medicines. Can also be used to advise asthmatics of pollen counts, etc.

    In the US, calling to confirm appointments is usually the responsibility of the doctor’s office staff. This company has thought of a way to expand this basic service.

    4/29/07 13:30 JR

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