Mike Miliard

December 4, 2015
Many of the aging medical devices still in wide use at hospitals across the U.S. were built without much consideration for security controls. Bedside devices or implants, for instance, routinely carry potentially dangerous faults, according to Kevin Fu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of Michigan. Another example? Fu pointed to one local hospital...
November 23, 2015
The new MyCareLink Smart Monitor from Medtronic, just approved by the FDA, enables patients with implantable pacemakers to use their smartphones to transmit secure data from their pacemakers to their physicians. The MyCareLink app is available for free on Android and Apple platforms and works in tandem with a physician-prescribed portable device reader. When the monitor is connected to cellular...
October 21, 2014
Wearables. They’re cutting edge, catching on and, in some cases, even approaching fashionable. One in five American adults own some sort of wearable device, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. And while that number is expected to grow, they'll need a different set of qualities to make their mark in healthcare - namely "interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven,” PwC authors...
October 9, 2014
When it comes to Big Data and related quality, safety and physician responsibility issues, Robert Wachter, MD, has a lot to say.  Being provocative and innovative is what Wachter – widely read at his blog, Wachter's World, and followed on Twitter (@Bob_Wachter) – is good at. Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at University California San Francisco, Wachter is pioneer of the hospitalist...
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...