Mike Miliard

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...
October 30, 2012
While many people use smartphones and tablets for critical information, few organizations have taken steps to keep the devices safe from cyber threats, according to a new survey from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and AT&T. According to the survey, 90 percent of respondents allowed employees to access work email via mobile devices, and 41 percent say they allow their...
September 24, 2012
With the release of the iOS 6 operating system, the iPhone and iPad have jettisoned Google Maps in favor of Apple's own new mapping software. That has caused problems for some users seeking directions to hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms. "Once the best of friends, Google and Apple have become foes, battling in courtrooms and in the consumer marketplace," a recent New York Times article...
September 14, 2012
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and real-time location systems (RTLS) offer big savings and ROI for hospitals and hold the promise for big improvements in patient safety. They also happen to be really cool. But few facilities are availing themselves of the technolgies' asset and patient tracking capabilities. There's simply too much else to do. "It's not in a lot of budgets," says John...
August 28, 2012
Wolters Kluwer Health is partnering with the Altos Group for a sepsis mortality reduction pilot that will put mobile technology, clinical content and change management programs to work in the hopes of encouraging early sepsis identification and intervention. The Reston, Va.-based Altos Group is a consulting firm that works with providers to implement change management programs aimed at improving...
July 12, 2012
A new report from the Future of Privacy Forum takes stock of many popular mobile apps, documenting which provide consumers with a privacy policy describing their data collection and use. FPF has also released a guide to best practices for app developers. With some 40,000 mHealth apps available across various platforms and the market set to skyrocket – pegged to grow 25 percent annually over the...
July 5, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that most medical devices distributed in the United States carry a unique device identifier (UDI). A UDI system has the potential to improve the quality of information in adverse events reports, which will help the FDA identify product problems more quickly, target recalls more efficiently and improve patient safety, officials say. A UDI acts as...
June 15, 2012
Amid all the talk these days of virtual worlds, avatars, Kinect sensors, biomechanics, social media crowdsourcing and exergaming, a policymaker from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says gaming is "on the radar of the federal government." That point was made during Games for Health 2012 this week in Boston. Currently in its eighth year, it's a different kind of health IT...