Mike Miliard

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...
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May 6, 2013
The American Telemedicine Association's 18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show kicked off with a flourish on Sunday in Austin, Texas – a flourish of bagpipes. ATA President Stewart Ferguson, chief information officer of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, took the stage of the opening plenary decked out in a Scottish kilt and sporran. It was his contribution,...
March 22, 2013
Improvements in the ability of medical devices and health IT systems to communicate and exchange data could lead to more than $30 billion a year in savings, according to a new report from the West Health Institute. In recent testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Joseph M. Smith, MD, chief medical and science officer of the San Diego-based WHI, revealed these...
March 18, 2013
As health IT evolves and matures, its focus is shifting – if sometimes slowly – from checklists of technical specs to broader challenges related to technology design and usability. At the Healthcare Experience Design (HxD) conference, sponsored by Portsmouth, N.H.-based experience design firm Mad*Pow and taking place March 24-26 in Boston, designers, technologists, product managers and...
January 24, 2013
Developers of what's being touted as the first FDA-approved autonomous navigation remote presence robot are ready to deploy it in hospitals throughout North America. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration gave 510(k) clearance to the RP-VITA, developed jointly by iRobot Corp and InTouch Health. The RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual Independent Telemedicine Assistant) combines...
January 10, 2013
New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) has tapped Germantown, Md.-based Hughes Network Systems for a four-year contract to provide high-speed satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics throughout rural communities in Northern New England. NETC is a federally funded consortium of healthcare providers  -  serving more than 400 sites in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont  -  whose mandate is...
December 26, 2012
Approximately 4,000 patients at the University of Michigan Health System have been notified that their personal health information has been compromised, UMHS officials have announced. UMHS was notified on Nov. 20 by Mountain View, Calif.-based medication management vendor Omnicell that an unsecured electronic device containing patient health information was stolen from an Omnicell employee's car...
November 30, 2012
It's no wonder that physicians and clinicians have taken to mobile devices in a big way. The convenience of having near-limitless knowledge, from medical journals to patient records, at one's fingertips is unprecedented. Docs love their smartphones. But for CIOs and chief privacy officers, the relationship is more complicated. As mobile devices become ever more ubiquitous in hospitals and other...
November 27, 2012
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems is partnering with Microsoft to offer a mobile app for the Windows 8 platform that enables consumers to create, store, track and share personal medication records. NextGen and Microsoft officials say the MedicineCabinet app, available for free through the Microsoft app store, is meant to spur patient engagement, offering users a way to take a more active...