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By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2018
A study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association shows that in one patient population, use or non use of a patient portal had no statistically significant effect on 30-day readmissions or 30-day mortality. The retrospective analysis of more than 17,000 patients is interesting in that it's the first study of patient portals to look for effects on...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at HHS announced that will be conducting a challenge competition this fall focused on developing new tools focused on patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. Specifically, the agency hopes to find user-friendly tools that will better enable collection of the data, as well as its integration into EHRs or other health IT products. “The patient's...
By Dave Muoio January 3, 2018
A newly announced collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and Corindus Vascular Robotics may pave the way for off-site coronary procedures. The partnership, backed by a recent grant awarded to the clinic, will take the form of a multi-phase preclinical investigation of the feasibility of telestenting — robotic percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures conducted remotely. PCI is a non-...
By Jonah Comstock January 2, 2018
Citing anonymous sources within Apple, reports in Bloomberg and the New York Times over the past weeks continue to add to the pile of leaks and rumors about two of Apple's currently under-development health devices: a wrist-worn glucose sensor and an EKG built into the Apple Watch. Combined with Apple's public efforts like the Stanford Heart study, previously documented conversations with the FDA...
By Bernie Monegain January 2, 2018
MedStar Health announced that it will begin offering expectant mothers a “Mommy Kit” containing an iPhone app, wireless weight scale, and wireless blood pressure cuff.  The not-for-profit health system in Maryland and the Washington, DC area, said it joined forces with startup Babyscripts . The kit can be used to generate patient data that, in turn, is captured and transmitted automatically to...
By Laura Lovett January 2, 2018
Using an artificial pancreas (closed-loop control system) could make it easier for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes to participate in intensive outdoor physical activities, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.  The study, which had participants ski or snowboard for five days, found that subjects who used an artificial pancreas maintained a healthy blood sugar level more of the time...
By Dave Muoio January 2, 2018
Following some confusion, a Survey & Certification Letter sent last week has reaffirmed CMS’s stance on texting patient information, specifying that messages sent among clinicians are permissible so long as healthcare teams use a secure platform. Texting patient orders, however, is still prohibited across all platforms. CMS’s clarification comes shortly after a December 18th report from the...
By MobiHealthNews December 27, 2017
This quarter, hospitals and clinics continued to integrate digital health into their practice, using it to engage and treat patients, as well as improve hospital workflows. Telehealth continues to be a growing field. More healthcare providers have expressed interest in expanding their telehealth offerings, according to the Foley survey. Hospitals have also started to integrate augmented and...
By Jonah Comstock December 21, 2017
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives that would change the way HIPAA applies to health data clearinghouses. Versions of the bill, called the "Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act," has been introduced in previous sessions but has never made it to the floor. Healthcare clearinghouses are organizations that receive...
By Dave Muoio December 21, 2017
Beyond fielding an ever-increasing number of digital health clearances, the FDA had a full plate in 2017 as it sought to revise its regulatory processes for the shifting healthcare landscape. The beginning of the year saw a new administration take the reins, and with it the nomination and appointment of a new commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. By the year’s end, the new guard already had announced...