Mike Miliard

October 6, 2014
That Facebook app in your employees’ smartphones and tablets just might factor into the company’s new strategy to enter healthcare. Facebook is reportedly following in the footsteps of other Silicon Valley titans like Apple and Google in developing health discussion groups and wellness apps for its base of 1.3 billion users. A request for comment to its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters was not...
October 3, 2014
In the shadow of the latest – and quite possibly worst – cybersecurity flaw to hit healthcare, federal regulators have issued a new set of regulations to protect medical devices from Web-based attacks. Aimed at manufacturers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's guidance suggests device makers take serious stock of cybersecurity risk early in the design and development process – and show...
September 22, 2014
Electronic health record vendors Cerner and athenahealth are joining Epic in leveraging Apple's HealthKit technology. Both Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner and Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth are working with Apple to develop patient-facing tools that will make use of data aggregated via HealthKit, Reuters reports. It was announced this past week that HealthKit's rollout will be delayed a few...
September 18, 2014
As rumored, the hotly anticipated HealthKit technology wasn't part of Apple's release this week of its newest operating system. Nonetheless, Epic has begun to offer details about what the platform will look like when the kinks are finally ironed out. A coding snafu discovered in Apple's new wellness platform has developers in Cupertino, Calif., rushing to fix it, but it could be some time before...
July 17, 2014
The second quarter of 2014 saw a pair of billion-dollar venture capital health IT milestones. According to the market intelligence firm Mercom, the April-June time period was the first quarter to surpass $1 billion worth of HIT investments, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling the $861 million raised in the previous quarter. In addition, investments particular to mHealth...
June 9, 2014
An ongoing study that enables cardiac patients to review data from their own implantable monitors may also help the doctors treating them. That's the hope of Michael Mirro, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Parkview Physicians' Group in Fort Wayne, Ind. Mirro is spearheading the study, funded by part of a Challenge Grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, that is...
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April 23, 2014
Federal officials are sending a strong message that lost or stolen mobile devices carrying personal health information will be costly. Serving notice that "covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation," the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty...
November 26, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the maker of a popular DNA-testing mobile device to "immediately discontinue marketing" the device until its claims can be verified as accurate. 23andMe, which seeks to be the "world's trusted source of personal genetic information" thanks to its $99 DNA tests, has been slapped with a warning from the FDA that it's in violation of the Federal Food,...
June 13, 2013
It's probably the most anticipated and potentially transformative new gadget since the smartphone. But unlike the iPhone, Google Glass has also been heralded with a healthy dose of controversy. Although few have managed to get their mitts on a pair, lots of people have some pretty passionate ideas about what the technology – which enables hands-free Web and camera access – will mean, for...
June 12, 2013
The National Science Foundation on Tuesday showcased a potentially game-changing smartphone app that allows 911 operators critical insights into what's going on at the scene of an emergency call. The app relays crucial biometric data to dispatchers, enabling them to gather vital signs and other information that helps them assist victims and empower first responders. The software, which was...