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Microsoft’s HealthVault is a great resource for managing yours and your family’s medical information. Medical Image Vault is a Windows Phone app that provides access to medical images in your HealthVault account.

It is a convenient way to access this information when visiting the doctor or in cases of emergency. Medical Image Vault is a nice companion app for your Microsoft HealthVault account and the HealthVault Windows Phone app.

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At Tuesday’s reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft showed off their next generation Kinect sensor. Our friends up in Redmond don’t want you to forget that the new Kinect unit will also be heading to Windows.

Microsoft released the original software development kit (SDK) in the spring of 2011 for Windows 7. The goal of the program was to expand Kinect’s usage scenario through 3rd party and indie developers. That being said, we have seen some amazing uses of Kinect in the fields of consumer shopping and medicine.

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Windows Phone App Review: Medicine Manager

If you take medication with regularity, Medicine Manager is a Windows Phone application designed to help you remember to take your daily dosage. There aren't many bells and whistles to Medicine Manager but it does a decent job of listing your medications and reminding you when to take them.

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Pill Box - App Spotlight

If you're on daily medication you know that at times it's hard to remember all the information (dosage, refill dates, pharmacy, etc.) on your meds. Pill Box is a Windows Phone app designed not only to help you remember everything from the medication name to the dosage to the refill information.

Pill Box's screens include a summary page for all your prescriptions, a page listing all your doctors and a page for listing all your pharmacy. If you've entered telephone numbers for a pharmacy or doctor, in tapping on the listing on the respective pages you have the option of calling that number.

Entering a prescription is simple. Just tap the "+" sign on the Pill Box page and you will have options to enter the following information.

  • Prescription Name, number and refill information.
  • Dosage and frequency details.
  • Doctor's name and contact number.
  • Pharmacy name and contact number.

You also have the options to view the prescription summary (listing all the above information) and lookup the drug information via Drugs.com.

The only thing missing is a reminder to take your prescriptions. Nonetheless, if you need to track numerous medications Pill Box is worth looking into. There is a trial version available with the full version of Pill Box running $.99.

You can download Pill Box here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Looks like all sorts of interesting apps are coming out of Imagine Cup 2011 here in New York City. Huffington Post has made a small video focusing on one all-American team, Team Dragon who's Windows Phone app looks to help solve a real world problem, namely asthma in children.

The "game" is called 'Azmo the Dragon' and is a "2D side scrolling" adventure that helps children get their asthma under control. Basically you breathe into a spirometer to power Azmo to fly around (similar to Stormy Weather) which is the fun part, but it also records the child's lung capacity for diagnostic purposes, giving doctors and extra tool to monitor the child's health. (It's not clear how the spirometer connects up to the phone, but that's a different matter).

Anyways, while it's always cool to have games for fun, it's nice to see some youth of today applying their skills in the medical field in an attempt to improve people's lives. [See also: Team LifeLens and Malaria]

Source: Huffington Post

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Back in February, Microsoft held a contest to name the top healthcare and medical apps available for WP7.  The results were announced earlier this month and are as follows:

What is interesting to note here, is that the winners listed above fit more into the Health and Fitness category, rather than Medical.  Dan Buckland from MedGadget is quick to point out that WP7 is somewhat lacking when it comes to straight-up medical apps, especially some of the big names that medical professionals often use.  While users can find a couple of well-known names, like Unbound Medicine and Microsoft HealthVault (of course!), others like Skyscape, Medscape and Epocrates remain absent.  When MedGadget put the question to an Epocrates representative of whther or not a WP7 version was in the works, they vaguely replied that they are “currently investigating the Windows 7 platform and will update website with more details as they become available.”

Microsoft has been touting the wide-range capabilities of Windows Phone for business use, but it seems that they would be well-served to make that include specialized fields, such as medicine.  It is certainly a large enough market to help the platform gain ground on its competitors.

What do our medically-inclined readers think?  Is WP7 falling behind early?

Source: Microsoft; Via: MedGadget

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Today Unbound Medicine put out a press releases announcing that their many medical-based mobile apps are now available for Windows Phone 7.  The most well-known of their applications to make its way to WP7 is Relief Central, a free mobile and web-based resource for disaster relief workers.  It was recently named winner of the Windows Phone Federal Apps contest.  Other available titles include Nursing Central, 5-minute Clinical Consult, McGraw-Hill’s Diagnosaurus, Taber’s Medical Dictionary, and three versions of The Merck Manual. 

When asked about Microsoft's new mobile platform, Philip Peterson, chief technology officer of Unbound Medicine, had this to say:

"Windows Phone has made a significant contribution to the mobile platform landscape with a feature-rich and easy-to-use interface...Unbound Medicine recognizes that the Windows Phone platform is a game-changer. We will continue to develop applications as new platforms become available in order to provide our users with what they need—up-to-date information."

While these tools are unlikely to perform medical miracles when death is on the line, they will aid medical professionals and students in everyday situations, and demonstrate the wide breadth that the WP7 platform spans.  It is unclear as to whether or not Congress will attempt to repeal the apps in the near future (zing).

Check out the full list of available Unbound medical apps here or search for "Unbound Medicine" in Zune now.

Source: Unbound Medicine; via: PR.com

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We're really trying not to chuckle over this one, but swine flu is serious stuff. So if you've just got to know who's sick around you, Pandemy Flu Alert's got you covered. It'll tap into your phone's location services – GPS, tower location, etc. – check with the "Internet database" (whatever that is) and plot the nearest H1N1 report on a Google map. Handy for all you hypochondriacs out there. Says it works on all Windows phones. (If you actually try this, let us know in the comments.)

As for the other diseases you may have picked up over the weekend? You're on your own there.

H1N1 Pandemy Flu Alert [via]

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When the iPhone 3.0 software was announced, there was a lot of hullabaloo about its use in the medical community for things like checking blood pressure. That's old news. Here in the Windows Mobile world we're stepping up to ultrasound and, pretty soon, may be performing entire surgeries on an HTC Touch Pro 2. (OK, we made that last part up.) How cool is that?

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis turned a mild-mannered Windows phone into a mobile medical imager, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Microsoft. In return, they've come up with a device intended for use in developing countries that have cellular service but where using a full-blown imaging system would be too costly or not practical. So, using a standard USB connection, they've come up with a way to watch food as it passes through your digestive system, and, you know, tell whether it's a boy or a girl, or if that all-important artery is blocked – important stuff like that.

Read the whole story over at Crunchgear

Update: Our man Malatesta informs that this is all brought to you by TreoCentral favorite bsnguy, who also brought us the very cool Treo 800w-USB host info.

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