Mike Miliard

August 18, 2011
Just three weeks after its iPad-native EHR made news for gaining ONC-ATCB-certification, drchrono has launched an iOS app to replace paper-based patient check-in. Company execs say the OnPatient app can be downloaded to the iPad for free and integrated into a medical practice as a standalone application – the patient check-in software also integrates with with the drchrono's iPad EHR. “The...
August 5, 2011
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The news wasn’t a surprise. By the time it was confirmed, it had been rumored for months. Still, it was a sad day.  Google Health, having failed to catch on like so many of the IT colossus’ other projects, announced that it would go dark on Jan. 1, 2012.   The personal health record did not have “the broad impact that we hoped it would,” wrote Aaron Brown, senior product...
August 5, 2011
FRANKLIN, TN – It's been a busy summer on the transcription and speech recognition front. In one week this past month, two separate and significant mergers were announced.   On Monday, July 11, MedQuist announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based M*Modal for $130 million. By that Thursday, the news was out that Burlington, Mass.-base Nuance's newest strategic buy was   Atlanta-based Webmedx,...
August 5, 2011
ATLANTA – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) has launched an emergency room education campaign, incorporating Google Maps to make it easier for consumers to find and use retail health clinics and urgent care centers for non-emergency conditions.   "When your five-year-old is crying with a fever at 7 p.m. on a Friday because she has a sore throat or an earache, what do you do" asked...
July 28, 2011
The Global Health Delivery Project has released 21 teaching case studies that examine the complexity of bringing life-saving technologies and care to resource-poor settings around the world. These multidisciplinary materials, which include case studies from 13 countries, are available to global health educators, students and practitioners at no cost through Harvard Business Publishing. "The...
July 28, 2011
Mac McMillan, CEO of Austin, Texas-based IT security firm CynergisTek and chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, has some strong opinions about privacy protections in healthcare nowadays. The short version Things could be a lot better. You’ve said that if any other industry had this many privacy and security breaches, “heads would be rolling.” What is wrong with healthcare...
July 18, 2011
Microsoft has announced that people using the Google Health service – scheduled to close on Jan. 1, 2012 – can transfer personal health information stored in a Google Health profile to a Microsoft HealthVault account using the Direct Project messaging protocols. The Direct Project, established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, specifies a simple, scalable, standards-based...
July 12, 2011
MedQuist, a provider of integrated clinical documentation solutions for healthcare, has announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based speech recognition technology developer M*Modal for $130 million. M*Modal's cloud-based software helps providers easily convert speech into structured clinical information. This improves physician efficiency, enhances the integration of the physician narrative into...
July 5, 2011
PORTLAND, ME – Once upon a time, the tools of medicine were pretty simple: tongue depressor, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope. Nowadays Try exergames and first-person simulators, "wiihabilitation" and multiplayer mHealth apps.   For years, video games and virtual reality have been playing around the periphery of healthcare. Now, the market for healthcare gaming is starting to cohere into...
July 5, 2011
As doctors increasingly adopt mobile devices, this much seems clear: At least for now, Apple is king.   According to an April survey of U.S. physicians, sponsored by Aptilon Corporation, 61 percent of docs intend to own an iPhone by the end of 2011 – up sharply from 39 percent at the beginning of the year. Strikingly, that's more than double the iPhone’s 24.7 percent adoption rate among American...