Even as CMS is finalizing the Stage 2 policy of the Meaningful Use incentive program, the Health IT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup is working on the recommendations for Stage 3. MU stage 3 includes new objectives and increased thresholds for existing Stage 2 NPRM objectives. One of the focus areas is to increase the involvement of patients and families/caregivers in managing their own health.
One of the related new objective’s in Stage 3 is inclusion of Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD). Research and inputs from physicians indicate that PGHD is extremely useful to improve the quality of care. This further gets emphasized for chronic and complex conditions like diabetes. PGHD can be broadly classified into two types. One is data provided by the patient using home monitoring devices like BP Monitors, Glucose meters, etc. The second is more related to the patient describing her/his own health. Of course this could be free text inputted by the patient, family or care-giver. However, the information becomes more valuable when this information is captured in a structured form. ODL (Observation of Daily Living) is one such form. ODLs can include information related to quantity and quality of sleep, moods experienced, level of pain experienced by the patient, etc.
I upgraded to a BSNL 8 Mbps plan (Rs. 2799 /month) a little over a month back. Previous to this upgrade I was on a 2 Mbps plan and got effective download speed ranging between 700 Kbps to 1.2 Mbps. So, I made this assumption that if I upgrade to an 8Mbps plan I would at-least get an effective download speed of 4 Mbps. With this kind of speed I could seamlessly stream movies using services like Amazon Instant video, Netflix, etc.
Getting the plan changed
Irritant #1: I had to go in person to the BSNL customer service center and submit a letter stating that I would like to change my plan. This is extremely frustrating to me that a large broadband provider would not have a simple online plan management mechanism. Anyways, I justified to myself that all this effort is worth it if one indeed got a data rate of 8Mbps.
Irritant #2: The plan comes into effect only from the 1st of the following month. So it was quite a long wait since I decided 15 days before the end of the month.
Irritant #3: The billing plan gets promptly updated on the 1st of the month but the ADSL link speed was not updated till almost the end of the 1st week. I should mention that the update happened after relentlessly calling the BSNL office.
What about the broadband speed?
Nexus One users started getting the Gingerbread (2.3.3) update pushed to their phones since last week of February 2011. As any Android phone user I was extremely excited when I received my Nexus One Gingerbread update on March 1st 2011. The update size was approximately 48 MB. Since the update I’ve been noticing that my battery life has significantly dropped. When I look at the stats of the battery phone usage, I see Android OS consuming anywhere between 30% to 40% of the battery charge capacity. While using Froyo, my phone once charged fully at 7:00 AM in the morning used to last till atleast 10:00 PM. Now with Gingerbread I have to recharge the phone at 4:00 PM. I have not installed any new applications nor have I changed any configuration/settings on the phone.
The issue seems to be related to how the OS is handling sleep and idle conditions. Users have mentioned that they see battery life improvements if they change the WIFI sleep policy or by disabling WIFI when it is not in use. There is a thread being discussed related to this issue at the Google Code site as Issue 15057. Workarounds are being discussed but there doesn’t seem to be a solution yet. This has been classified as a Medium priority defect. I find that surprising. What is the use of having a cool smartphone with Gingerbread if you can’t keep it powered on?
Any Nexus One users experiencing a similar battery performance issue after the Gingerbread update?
Mobile advertising is the new buzz word for smartphone applications. Google mobile ads are apple iAd are the solutions available for Android and iPhone respectively. Broadly there are two types of mobile advertising today. One form is ads being generated as part of a browser search query and the other one is where ads pop-up as part of an application. The former is very similar to ads that one would see while using the Google search on a PC. Since a mobile phone as the ability to make calls unlike a typical PC, phone numbers are published along with the Ad. For example, if the search query is pizza, then the search results can show a listing of the closest Pizza Hut along with a phone number which the user can click, to initiate a call directly from the browser window. The publisher of the Ad would now pay in a PPC (Pay Per Call) model vs. the traditional CPC (Cost Per Click) model. The later which is mobile application advertising is where a publisher of an application can sign up for ads within the application. This mode can also have the PPC and CPC models of payments by the advertisers. Read more…
In my previous article titled “Fragmentation in Android: Boon or Bane”, I discussed the various aspects of fragmentation in Android and how it impacts the respective parties involved. The article was written before the release of Gingerbread. Gingerbread is now out. As with each Android release Gingerbread has its own compatibility definition published by Google at http://source.android.com. There is an interesting turn that Google has taken in this compatibility definition which is discussed in this article. This change in the compatibility definition can help OEMs reduce the BOM (Bill Of Materials) thereby enabling them to produce devices at lower costs.
Android is fast becoming the smartphone OS of choice for many handset manufacturers today. Handset manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, etc have chosen Android to be their smartphone OS of choice. Each of the devices install a specific version of the Android OS. Android OS versions released by Google are internally codenamed as pastry names. The versions of Android released are Cupcake for version 1.5, Donut for version 1.6, Éclair which was initially released as version 2.0 followed by an update to version 2.1, Froyo for version 2.2. The latest version of Android codenamed Gingerbread is anticipated to be released any time now. These frequent software releases from Google makes the handset manufacturers in a constant catch-up to provide updates to their consumers. Handset manufacturers are in a constant act of balancing their software R&D costs between releasing new devices into the market vs. providing software updates for their already shipping devices. This cycle has lead to the fragmentation of Android. Read more…