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Volume 4 Issue 3

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

The Editorial Board at the Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine is proud to present Volume 4, Issue 3. Mobile technology in Medicine is a rapidly developing area, and we hope to continue accelerating research in the field. We look forward to your submissions for Issue 4.


001 Virtual Environments in Modern Medicine
Chakrabarti, R., Perera, C.

Original Articles

002 Mobile Phone Use and Perspectives on Tailored Texting in Adults with Diabetes
Gatwood, J., Balkrishnan, R., Erickson, S.R., An, L.C., Piette, J.D., Farris, K.B.

013 Cell phone access among persons who inject drugs in Tijuana, BC, Mexico
Collins, K.M., Abramovitz, D., Meacham, M.C. Gonzalez-Zuniga, P.E., Patrick, K. Garfein, R.S.

020 Rest – An Innovative Rapid Eye Screening Test
Jan-Bond, C., Wee-Min, T. Hong-Kee, N., Zu-Quan, I., Khairy-Shamel, S.-T., Zunaina, E., Liza-Sharmini, A.-T.

Perspective Piece

026 The Potential Value of Virtual Environments (VEs) in Rehabilitation
Lehman, L.A.

032 Mobile Solutions For Physicians Shackled by Electronic Medical Records
Koll, J., Hansen G.

Case Reports

035 Mobile Virtual Reality for Ophthalmic Image Display and Diagnosis
Zheng, L.L., He, L., Yu, C.Q.

039 Android Smartphone as an Alternative to Operating Microscope Camera for Recording High Definition Surgical Videos: Setup and Results
S.K. Gupta, A. Kumar, A. Sharma, S. Agrawal, V. Katiyar

Mobile Virtual Reality for Ophthalmic Image Display and Diagnosis

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Luo Luo Zheng, BS1, Lingmin He, MD, MS2, Charles Qian Yu, MD3,4

1New York Medical College, Westchester, NY; 2Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY; 4Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Supplemental Video 1: Video capture of virtual display showing rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. The clinician feels that he or she is within the eye.

Journal MTM 4:3:35–38, 2015


We here present the use of mobile technology (Samsung Gear VR) in the field of ophthalmology for the display of retinal imaging and demonstrate its use in diagnosis of ocular pathology. In this study a trained retina specialist used the Samsung Gear VR device to view ten wide field photos of retinal pathology, generating a diagnosis for each photograph. Another ophthalmologist then reviewed the ten photos in the traditional manner on a computer. Their diagnoses were compared to the known diagnoses. There was 100% concordance between the device and the traditional method as well as the known diagnosis. The increased display size and realistic presentation of the virtual reality display have the potential to improve diagnosis of ocular disease.

Mobile Solutions For Physicians Shackled by Electronic Medical Records

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Perspective Pieces | 0 comments

Jordan Koll1, Gregory Hansen, MD, MPH2

1Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Journal MTM 4:3:32–34, 2015


Within Health Delivery Organizations (HDOs), leaders, information technologists and privacy officers have been focused on the acquisition, implementation, and security of enterprise Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. Unfortunately the investment of money, human resources and time is at the expense of addressing daily physician workflow complexities. To optimize patient centered care, we must unshackled the physician from the EMR desktop and move them closer to the patient. For this reason, physicians should engage with key stakeholders to identify the financial, legal, administrative and human resource challenges of delivering efficient workflow solutions alongside the deployment of enterprise EMRs.

Android Smartphone as an Alternative to Operating Microscope Camera for Recording High Definition Surgical Videos: Setup and Results.

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Prof. Sanjiv Kumar Gupta1, Dr. Ajai Kumar2, Dr. Arun Sharma1, Dr. Siddharth Agrawal1, Dr. Vishal Katiyar1

1Department of Ophthalmology, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, U.P., India; 2Jan Kalyan Eye Hospital, A-1040, Indira Nagar, Lucknow, U.P., India

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Journal MTM 4:3:39–42, 2015


Video recording and still photography is an essential component for documenting surgical and clinical details. Additionally videos have important role in skill transfer, demonstration of new procedures, and as material of clinical evidence. We here describe the use of an Android smartphone, (HTC Incredible S) for capturing High Definition (HD) video of ocular surgery through the assistant observer scope of an operating microscope.

We have described the arrangement used to mount the smartphone to microscope and discussed the advantages and limitations of this arrangement when compared to a conventional capturing and recording system used with the operating microscope.

Virtual Environments in Modern Medicine

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 in Editorial | 0 comments

Dr. Rahul Chakrabarti, Dr. Chandrashan Perera

Journal MTM 4:3:1, 2015


Dear Audience,

It is with great pleasure that the editorial board presents in the third issue of the Journal for this year a glimpse of the potential for virtual reality (VR) environments in patient care. In the current issue, Lehman1 and colleagues discuss the current capabilities and limitations of virtual reality environments in assessing the safety of patients in a spectrum of “real-world” settings. The authors highlight poignant examples of VR in simulating complex tasks of personal and social activities of daily living such as shopping, behavior control, memory and attention. Whilst these examples give a glimpse of the current capacity of VR, there remain questions regarding the validity and sensitivity of methods to test these applications. As discussed by the authors, the major foreseeable challenge is the ability of VR devices to remain sensitive to the tasks performed, whilst having the external validity to test the device against a broad range of contexts and situations.

The Potential Value of Virtual Environments (VEs) in Rehabilitation

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Perspective Pieces | 0 comments

Leigh A. Lehman, PhD

Center for Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 151-B, NF/SG VA Medical Center, 1601 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, Florida 32608, USA

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Journal MTM 4:3:26–31, 2015


The Potential Value of Virtual Environments (VEs) in Rehabilitation

Virtual Environments (VEs) are computer-generated immersive, interactive simulations.1 These controlled settings can be designed to enable assessment and training of a wide variety of daily tasks, including those that are difficult to practice in the real-world for practical and safety reasons.2,3 The use of VEs has attracted increased interest as shown by increasing publications in the realm of rehabilitation. VEs are especially promising in the area of rehabilitation of instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).4 Despite this recent growth in research, the use of these technologies lacks the validation necessary to establish them as standard practices in rehabilitation. Given the growing use and potential of VEs in rehabilitation, there is a need for specific guidelines to be established for the validity testing of these constructs.