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By Dave Muoio February 12, 2018
Data from a recent analysis suggest that a substantial number of popular health apps have major privacy and security shortcomings, with many not following standard practices and upcoming European Union data safety regulations. The study, which examined a selection of 20 apps from the top 1080 of the “Medical” and “Health and Fitness” sections of the Google Play store, identified a number of minor...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2018
The rush to adopt telemedicine services continues to be a top priority for providers, according to a recent report by New Sage Growth Partners. Fifty-six percent of healthcare leaders surveyed reported that their facilities have implemented telemedicine. While 44 percent of providers are yet to adopt telemedicine in their practice, 86 percent of those who have not adopted it said that...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2018
Hurried conversations, paper brochures, and other long-standing approaches to patient education often fall short of their goals, so it’s little surprise that researchers are eyeing digital technologies as a potential solution. “The bedside education that is given in paper is usually not consumed by the patient — they’re either throwing it away or they’re just forgetting about it,” said Nick...
By Mike Miliard February 9, 2018
The Olympic Games are starting to prove themselves not just as a showcase for the world's elite athletes, but for leading-edge health IT initiatives. A week ago we reported how the HIMSS Olympic Healthcare Interoperability Initiative alongside SNOMED International, will use the games after PyeongChang – the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing and beyond – as a proving...
By Dave Muoio February 9, 2018
Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst, which is known for healthcare SaaS offerings ranging from medication management to clinical communications, has announced a relaunch of a mobile app designed to help physicians comply with state prescription drug monitoring program requirements when prescribing treatments. DrFirst acquired the original iPrescribe.net app back in early 2016, shortly after...
By Laura Lovett February 8, 2018
Living with cancer can be isolating, and finding the right resource to connect with others in the same situation can be tough. But one app is aiming to make the process easier for patients with its new social media platform. This week, Belong, a social media app designed for cancer patients, announced that it will be partnering up with Toronto-based advocacy group Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC)...
February 8, 2018
New York has one of the lowest rates for organ donation in the country, a problem the state has been actively working on for the last few years. In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a number of executive orders to work toward improving donation numbers. This included making “Lauren’s Law” permanent, which requires all drivers to verify whether they’ll become an organ donor before...
By Laura Lovett February 8, 2018
As remote monitoring becomes more and more popular providers are starting discussions about how to harvest and use the incoming data. But a serious challenge lies in how to synthesize data coming in from different sources. People have preferences — you might even go so far as to say there are “Fitbit people” and “Apple Watch people.” “What we are trying to do with these devices is collect non-...
By Laura Lovett February 8, 2018
Remote patient monitoring combined with a special diet that cuts starchy carbs is helping some patients reverse their Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Therapy. The investigation, complied by Virta Health, found that 94 percent of patients who were on insulin, using the Virta mobile tool, and altering their diet decreased or eliminated their insulin dosage by the...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2018
For years, there has been a growing movement to consider patients’ time outside of the healthcare system as a key determinant of their health. As more and more technologies allow providers to apply new passive sensors, digital interventions, and other novel strategies, some experts are urging stakeholders in the health industry to remember those who may not normally be in a position to receive...