Mike Miliard

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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...
May 28, 2013
Diabetes Technology Society call for enforcement of meter quality and accuracy Certain self-monitoring blood glucose systems, even though they meet accuracy standards upon FDA clearance, fail to consistently meet those standards once on the market, according to the Diabetes Technology Society. At a Diabetes Technology Society meeting this past week in Arlington, Va., academic clinicians, clinical...
May 27, 2013
The scene from the Showtime series Homeland is tough to watch: The Vice President of the United States, dying slowly as his heart beats faster. His pacemaker – accessed and altered from some distant computer by a terrorist who'd learned its serial number – is going haywire. It could happen, said Tim Zoph, CIO of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, speaking at the Healthcare IT News/HIMSS...
May 24, 2013
A new study, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, suggests that follow-up calls to diabetes patients using interactive voice recognition technology could show promise in identifying safety triggers. “Safety Events during an Automated Telephone Self-Management Support Intervention” was conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and appeared in...
May 10, 2013
After 25 years, virtual critical care is getting a closer look The time is right for tele-ICU. The need for more intensive-care beds is acute. The cost of caring for critically ill patients has never been higher. Intensivists are in short supply, and only getting scarcer as the population gets older. That was the case made in a Tuesday afternoon session at the American Telemedicine Association's...
May 7, 2013
Ironically, Andrew Watson's first telemedicine procedure was with a rural patient who was a Mennonite. At first, the patient and physician looked at each other warily. "He didn't have a TV," said Watson, a colorectal surgeon and vice president at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, with a wry laugh. "And I'd never done this." The procedure worked. And it was worth it. "He didn't drive," Watson said. "And I...
May 7, 2013
Jeffrey O. Henley, chairman of the Oracle Corporation, offered a technologist's perspective on the opportunities of reshaping healthcare in his Monday morning keynote at the American Telemedicine Association's 18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show. The mission, should we choose to accept it: "We've got to figure out how to do more for less." Actually, with healthcare spending...