Mike Miliard

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...
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June 14, 2012
Axial Exchange has acquired mRemedy, a mobile healthcare platform founded by the Mayo Clinic and Minneapolis-based DoApp. Officials say the acquisition will give Axial the software, pipeline and customers of the myTality patient-facing mobile healthcare application, which is designed to help patients navigate a future hospital visit and help hospitals better market their services. Axial will use...
May 23, 2012
Avery Dennison Medical Solutions is partnering with Minneapolis-based Preventice to produce patch­based wearable sensors for clinical monitoring of a patients' unique physiological characteristics. Preventice develops mobile health applications and patient monitoring systems that deliver continuous care, wherever an individual might be. The apps enable a constant connection and exchange of...
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April 5, 2012
Allscripts has announced the release of Wand, an iPad application that offers EHR users mobile access to the most commonly used functions of the company’s professional and enterprise technologies. The goal, said Stanley Crane, chief innovation officer for Allscripts, is to offer easy, on-the-go access to the core EHR capabilities that physicians need most. The marching orders for the app’s design...
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March 28, 2012
Not every healthcare app will enjoy the success of “Angry Birds,” and developers would be wise to work carefully to void mHealth’s many missteps. That advice was handed down earlier this week by Josh Clark, founder of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Global Moxie. Speaking at the Healthcare Experience Design on Monday in Boston, he offered a list of myths that mHealth developers would be wise to avoid. Clark...
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March 27, 2012
"We're in a classically disruptive moment right now," said newly-minted U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, speaking Monday at the Healthcare Experience Design (HxD) conference, "from which more good will come than we can possibly imagine." The HxD conference, organized by the Mad*Pow design agency and Claricode, a developer of medical software, gathered academics, designers, developers and...