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By Mike Miliard December 20, 2016
Nashville, Tennessee-based Saint Thomas Health has opened Saint Thomas Health On Demand, a virtual clinic offering round-the-clock access to healthcare. Part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, Saint Thomas Health has built the service – which allows patients to receive high-quality care in a virtual clinic via a smartphone, tablet or computer – using a...
By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2016
Chat-based therapy start-up Talkspace was accused of a number of ethically questionable practices in an extensive investigative piece published yesterday by The Verge. Citing internal memos and emails and numerous interviews with anonymous therapists on the platform, the Verge reported several troubling findings including that Talkspace monitored conversations between therapists and patients,...
By Heather Mack December 16, 2016
Patients and their caregivers are playing increasingly prominent roles in research and healthcare technology innovation. As with any emerging shift in healthcare, creating the right foundation to facilitate more robust, inclusive and insightful research comes with challenges, which is where the National Patient Powered Research Network (PPRN) comes in.  “Recruitment into registries and clinical...
By MobiHealthNews December 16, 2016
This week, the Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland brought together stakeholders and thought leaders in digital and connected health. MobiHealthNews covered the two-day event this week -- links to our coverage from Monday and Tuesday are at the bottom of this roundup. Read on for other notable events and quotable presentations we picked up along the way. Accenture, Mount...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2016
MyHeart Counts, one of the original five Apple ResearchKit studies, has had its first publication, in JAMA Cardiology. The paper, published yesterday, is mainly a feasibility study for large scale smartphone-based data collection, but also found some interesting correlations between physical activity and heart health. Ultimately, they collected data from more than 40,000 people between March and...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2016
A serious data breach at Quest Diagnostics that led to hackers accessing 34,000 people's health records was the faut of an unsecured mobile app, the company said in a statement. The company's MyQuest app, which is available for Apple and Android devices as well as the web, was the source of the breach. "On November 26, 2016 an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360 internet...
By Tom Sullivan December 14, 2016
Engaging patients via connected health apps, devices and other technologies to take charge of their own health seems like an obvious progression for the healthcare industry to make. So why isn’t it happening faster? That was a central question in multiple sessions here at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. Partners Healthcare vice president of connected health Joseph Kvedar, MD, pointed...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2016
National Coordinator Dr. Vindell Washington may have been dealt a relatively short stint in the role, but he’s set on doing as much as he can in the time he has to advance to ONC’s interests of data sharing and interoperability. Washington was on hand at the Connected Health Conference this week in National Harbor, Maryland to show off a demonstration of the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability...
By Heather Mack December 14, 2016
With the ever-increasing amount of patient-generated data from connected medical devices, apps and sensors, it's important that digital health players build the right foundation to create a secure, reliable medical Internet of Things. While the elements are mostly out there, bringing all the components of digital health together is still the next frontier. “When it comes to connected health,...
By Tom Sullivan December 13, 2016
Digital health tools and apps are all the rage these days but that's hardly to say they're a new phenomenon, according to Partners HealthCare vice president of connected health Dr. Joseph Kvedar. Kvedar, in fact, has been working to apply connected health technologies to patient care for more than 20 years. Back then, mobile devices encompassed such leading-edge tools as the Sony Walkman, Palm...