After 12 years, farewell Windows XP

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's hard to believe that Windows XP has been a dominant computer operating system for 12 years. Well, it's time to close that chapter, so Microsoft is announcing today (April 8, 2014) that they are ending support for Windows XP.

They have said:

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.


AirStrip Acquires Sense4Baby

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AirStrip today announced that it is acquiring Sense4Baby, the developer of a wireless fetal and maternal monitoring system. Through this acquisition, AirStrip will enable women to undergo non-stress testing to monitor fetal and maternal heart rate and contraction patterns using non-invasive sensors at physicians’ offices, clinics and ambulances. The full press release is below:

AIRSTRIP ACQUIRES SENSE4BABY, INC. ASSETS, INCLUDING WIRELESS FETAL/MATERNAL MONITORING SYSTEM

Mobile healthcare leader achieves another first: mobilizing waveform data from non-invasive sensors operating outside hospital walls for high-risk pregnancies

SAN ANTONIO – March 27, 2014 – AirStrip, the leading provider of mobile healthcare solutions that drive clinical transformation, has acquired the assets of Sense4Baby, Inc., the developer of a wireless fetal/maternal monitoring system to perform non-stress testing (NST) for high-risk pregnancies, and licensed the associated technology from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sense4Baby received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a CE mark from the European Commission in 2013 to commercialize its medical device in clinical settings. The acquisition by AirStrip will initially allow women to undergo non-stress testing to monitor fetal and maternal heart rate and contraction patterns using non-invasive sensors at physicians’ offices, clinics and ambulances. AirStrip’s future plans for the Sense4Baby technology include seeking FDA clearance for home-based monitoring.

The patient data from the Sense4Baby system will be mobilized using AirStrip ONE® – the industry’s first enterprise-wide interoperable mobility solution. AirStrip ONE delivers vendor- and data source-agnostic information from multiple sources and care settings to support multiple caregivers and mobile device form factors.

Microsoft OneNote now free and available across multiple platforms

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Microsoft has released a free version of OneNote to compete against the free version of Evernote. You can learn more by going to http://www.onenote.com

You can install OneNote for:
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android
For those who prefer "inking" with an active stylus, OneNote is a better app that provides more features and functionality over Evernote if you're using a Windows tablet. Now you can access those hand-written notes across all your mobile devices and on the web on OneNote.com.

The free version of OneNote doesn't offer all the features/functions as the paid version of OneNote

Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In case you haven't heard, Sprint recently announced that ten new companies have relocated to Kansas City for the three-month, immersive, mentor-driven mHealth accelerator program. See more below:

Ten startups launch into Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars in Kansas City

World-class accelerator program tackles wellness, chronic illness, animal health and big data

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 12, 2014 – Ten mobile health-related startup teams from across the country and Australia have arrived in Kansas City to build and strengthen their businesses in the inaugural Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. The three-month intensive mentor-driven program, located in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, officially kicks off this week.

Sprint (NYSE:S) has partnered with Techstars to bring the world-class accelerator program to Kansas City as part of its ongoing activities to help grow the region’s already vibrant startup community.

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars will provide entrepreneurs in this field an amazing advantage to hone their business strategies and structure and be mentored by leading technology experts from Sprint, regional health care leaders and successful entrepreneurs from around the country. Each startup receives up to $120,000 in funding. The program culminates in June when the 10 companies will pitch to an audience of investors and business leaders from around the U.S. and the Kansas City community.

“The quality of the companies in our Sprint Accelerator program is outstanding,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Pinsight Media+, a division of Sprint, who has taken a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the company’s work with startups. “Sprint is proud to be part of the innovation movement in the healthcare space. The impact these companies can have on so many people in both the technology and healthcare industries is tremendous. On behalf of Sprint, the life sciences and entrepreneurial communities in the region, I welcome the teams!”

Teams participating in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms, transformative services, big data and mobile applications. The teams are:

Akibah: San Jose, Calif.
Fitbark: New York
Lifeline Response: Chicago
Medicast: Palo Alto, Calif.
Ollo Mobile: Brisbane, Australia
Prime: San Francisco
Sickweather: Baltimore
Symptom.ly: Salt Lake City
Tenacity Health: Boston
Yosko: Cambridge, Mass.

“The Sprint Accelerator is the first mobile health-focused accelerator for Techstars, and we are thrilled to be in Kansas City bringing together these 10 startups to collaborate and grow over the course of the next three months,” said David Cohen, founder and CEO of Techstars. “The mix of entrepreneurs and the strong roster of mentors – Techstars, Sprint and the health care community – promise to make this a truly great program. We believe that these companies have a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of so many.”

About Sprint
Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Improvement of Social Behavior through Online Gaming

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A lot of negative issues have already been discussed regarding the effects of entertainment technology to human behavior. However, there are also facts about the positive outcome of individuals who are engaged into online gaming such as casino games and bingo games. Here are some positive effects of online gaming to social behavior and example of games that uphold these effects.

Online Gaming as a Therapy

There are plenty of stress factors in the environment that can affect an individual’s way of life. It is a fact that stress can cause a number of illnesses to the human body this is why it is required that individuals should divert their attention into things that will make them calm and relaxed even for a short period of time. Online games can stimulate stillness because the mind and body is in an undisturbed and peaceful state. Based on a study conducted by American psychologists in Washington, ‘Angry Birds’ is a therapeutic game that can combat anxiety and improve players’ moods and traits. The ability to surpassing a stage in the game promotes a sense of accomplishment and feeling at ease.

Evernote users on Android tablets can now incorporate handwritten notes #EvernoteHandwriting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Handwriting for Android has arrived in Evernote (for Android).

When Evernote acquired Penultimate (for iOS), iPad users who were still relying on pen-based input had a way of incorporating those hand-written notes into Evernote. That's exactly what I did.

Now, Android users can add handwriting into new notes or existing notes. I'm sure that medical students and residents will certainly appreciate this feature. When you're standing by a patient's bedside, it's much easier to scribble a note than to use the on-screen touch keyboard to enter information.

I'm still waiting for Evernote to add this handwriting feature for tablets running Windows 8. On a Windows-based device, you can either type a regular note (no handwriting) or you can create an Ink Note (handwriting only and no typing). You can't add handwriting into a regular typed note. Windows users may gravitate towards using Microsoft OneNote (which is what I used to use heavily back in the days of Windows XP Tablet), but I now use multiple devices (including iOS and Android) and that's why I use Evernote. I need to access all my notes across all my devices.

You can still purchase brand new PCs running Windows 7

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Many hospitals are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 this year given that Microsoft support for Windows XP is ending in April. Instead of upgrading to the latest version of Windows (which is Windows 8.1), hospitals and many corporations are making the switch to Windows 7.

Major PC manufacturers such as HP, Dell, and Lenovo are still selling brand new PCs running Windows 7. It's not clear to me how long this will continue, so if you need to get some new PCs, you may not want to wait.

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Dr. Joseph Kim is the founder of MobileHealthComputing.com, an independent website owned and operated by Dr. Kim. He is also the President of MCM Education, a professional medical education and publishing company that develops continuing medical education (CME) activities in joint sponsorship with medical universities, hospitals, and medical associations. Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.
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