We Like: ZappRX, Kinect the Docs, and Wearable Thermometers


Several app developers are trying to dismantle the accepted tradition of waiting around for healthcare services. ZappRx launched an app earlier this year to reduce the amount of time consumers wait around for prescription medication at their local pharmacy. Now it’s raised seed funding to develop the app into an effective patient engagement tool and time-saving device to make picking up prescriptions more efficient. The idea when the app hits the market is to help patients order and pay for prescriptions electronically. Pharmacists will be able to pre-process insurance information and communicate digitally with the prescriber. (Source: MedCity News)

Kinect the Docs


What began as a video game controller is rapidly becoming much more, as developers turn the power of computerized gesture recognition into a bevy of healthcare uses. Microsoft Kinect offers an open software development kit which IT professionals are using to build applications. MobiHealthNews has a list of eight potential areas where the Kinect can help patients live healthier lives: fitness and exergaming; physical therapy; surgery support; autism screening and therapy; virtual visits and virtual nurses; virtual group therapy; aging in place and fall prevention; and helping the blind navigate and the deaf communicate. (Source: MobiHealthNews)

Wearable Thermometers


Flexible electronic sensors, worn like temporary tattoos on the skin, could be used to detect everything from blood flow to cognitive function, according to a new study published in Nature Materials, led by John Rogers, who is also the cofounder of wearable sensor company MC10. The wearable sensors in the study were accurate to the same degree as the “gold standard” technology, a $250,000 infrared camera. But unlike the camera, the patch can do continuous monitoring without the need to maintain a line of sight. Using just the temperature sensors, Rogers and his team were able to see when a subject was working out math problems in his or her head, based on minute changes in metabolism.  (Source: MobiHealthNews)