In 70% of cases teledermatology changes diagnosis

Reuters

After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.


Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.

Survey: Smart Grid implementation rises 25% in past year

On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp and OSIsoft LCC, a manufacturer of real-time data infrastructure, released a survey showing a 25% increase in the number of utilities companies that have implemented smart-grid technology compared to last year. The survey also shows that 28% of companies surveyed are in the planning phase, but 24% still have not started adopting any smart-grid technology. However, 63% of participants expect their budgets for these technologies to increase over the next two or three years.

Red tape a major barrier to the use of telemedicine

Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.

Itron releases smart grid analytics software applications

Itron, Inc. announced on Tuesday that it has released specialized analytic software applications built on its Active Smart Grid Analytics (ASA) platform. Each application is bundled with Itron's Analytic Accelerators and Extension Toolkits, which help utilities take advantage of smart grid data, says the company

U.S. Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court passed down a unanimous ruling stating that police must obtain a search warrant in order to track a suspected criminal with GPS technology.  The court’s actions in this matter are extremely important because they could affect data privacy for much more than GPS systems, including cell phones and virtually any network device in the U.S.

Sprint signs smart-grid agreement with four companies

On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.

Landis+Gyr announces upgradable smart grid platform

Landis+Gyr, a smart meter provider, on Thursday announced the launch of their Series V next generation Gridstream smart grid technology aimed at providing utilities an upgradeable platform capable of adapting to future applications and communication protocols - all without stranding existing assets.

Study: Vodafone positioned to take lead in global M2M market

M2M research firm Machina Research on Wednesday revealed the results of its 2012 M2M Benchmarking Study, which found that Vodafone was the communications service provider (CSP) best placed to take advantage of the machine-to-machine communication market in the future. According the firms earlier research, there will be 12 million connected devices by 2020, generating revenue of $919 billion.

Telit Wireless completes Smart Farm in South Korea

Telit Wireless Solutions, the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications, on Wednesday announced the completion of its first “smart farm” system in South Korea. The technology allows farmers to monitor and control cold climate greenhouses remotely via their smartphone, which allows for a reduction in labor, water and energy, according to Telit Wireless.

Standard development organizations agree on initiative for M2M standardization

Major Standards Development Organizations (SDO) have recognized that M2M services often rely upon communications networks for connectivity between the myriad of devices in the field and the M2M application servers, and have identified the need for a common cost-efficient, widely available M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software.

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