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By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2013
Epocrates and athenahealth, which bought Epocrates for $293 million at the beginning of this year, launched their first joint product, a free mobile app called Epocrates Bugs + Drugs that uses big data to address "superbugs" or drug-resistant bacteria. "What's exciting about this is it takes athena data and it pulls the big data into a moment of care that allows a physician to provide a...
By Neil Versel September 27, 2013
Louis Burns, CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations since the joint venture launched in early 2011 and, before that, head of Intel's Digital Health Group, will retire at the end of the year, Roseville, Calif.-based Care Innovations announced Thursday. Taking his place will be former Humana executive Sean Slovenski, who brings a background in behavior change and wellness to the three-year-old maker of...
By Aditi Pai September 25, 2013
MIT's Little Devices Lab announced a new initiative to support innovation for nurses at New York's 2013 World Maker Faire last week. Little Devices Lab, which develops technologies for the healthcare environment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a six month initiative, MakerNurse, to travel the country and talk to nurses in order to learn what technologies and systems nurses use...
By Neil Versel September 25, 2013
As mobile health advocates clamor for scientific proof to support their emerging field, Johns Hopkins University has introduced mHealth Evidence, an online reference tool designed to help researchers quickly locate literature demonstrating the feasibility, usability and efficacy of mobile technologies in healthcare. After a soft launch in June, the Center for Communication Programs at Johns...
By Aditi Pai September 23, 2013
Cleveland Clinic's two-year-old app-based concussion assessment system C3 Logix has moved to Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Health Network through a limited licensing agreement with iComet Technologies. Athletic trainers with Allegheny Health Network have begun testing with the system this month and plan to expand the program to all 14 school districts that receive athletic training services...
By Brian Dolan September 20, 2013
One trend that emerged while researching MobiHealthNews' most recent report, 205 Hospital-branded apps for patients, was that children's hospitals are far and away the most creative and ambitious of healthcare providers in the United States using mobile apps for patient engagement. Of the more than 200 apps now available in appstores from hospitals for patients, about 17 percent come from a...
By Aditi Pai September 18, 2013
The Henry Ford Center for Cancer Surgery has developed an app to help cancer patients find the answers they need when dealing with and treating cancer. Developed in part by Dr. Steven Kalkanis, the Center for Cancer Surgery's app offers patients a portal to learn about treatment options for their particular cancer type, access a 24-hour hotline, schedule an appointment at the facility, search for...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2013
Tacoma, Washington-based Franciscan Hospital Systems, is partnering with Seattle telemedicine company Carena to offer virtual urgent care visits to all prospective patients in the hospital system's coverage area. Franciscan has seven hospitals and 100 clinics, covering most of the Puget Sound area of Washington state. "The value proposition from the system is if we can take care of people...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2013
Flexible electronic sensors, worn like temporary tattoos on the skin, could be used to detect everything from blood flow to cognitive function, according to a new study published in Nature Materials, led by John Rogers, who is also the cofounder of wearable sensor company MC10. Rogers, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor who has been working on flexible electronic sensors for...
By Neil Versel September 13, 2013
Recent MobiHealthNews interview subject Proteus Duxbury, director of technology strategy for virtual health services at Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, told me that lack of insurance reimbursement is holding back wider adoption of digital technologies. "A lot of [provider] organizations are going to start pulling the plug on some digital health initiatives for that reason,"...

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