Neil Versel

January 20, 2014
Welltok, the Denver-based creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has introduced a partnership program to link technology with disease management and wellness programs. The idea is to make it easier for population health managers from payers, health systems and accountable care organizations to provide services and actionable steps for program members. "We're able to...
January 15, 2014
The US Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT is slowing its rollout launch of a website meant to encourage patients to take a more active role in their own care. ONC will wait until verifying that all the data on Blue Button Connector, a planned hub for consumers to find sources of health data to download as well as Blue Button Plus technology to facilitate it, is accurate,...
January 15, 2014
Paraplegics walk with the help of robotic exoskeletons. Refugees from a natural disaster given remote care in a temporary health center. Patients with multiple chronic diseases are warned before they suffer a heart attack. Potentially deadly drug interactions prevented. These are just some of the ways in which digital health can save lives, attendees at the Digital Health Summit at International...
January 14, 2014
Last week, MobiHealthNews Editor Brian Dolan wrote a commentary entitled, "2014: Digital health's big year at CES?" Note the question mark. Brian wrote that from Boston hours before the Digital Health Summit kicked off at International CES in Las Vegas. Having just covered the event myself in person, I can say the question mark still belongs. Yes, there were more than 300 exhibitors on the almost...
January 10, 2014
One goal of mobile healthcare technology is to move care outside the walls of traditional settings such as hospitals and physician offices. The shift certainly has begun, but it is far from complete. "Point of care is not everywhere right now," said Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston. He moderated a session called "Point-of-Care,...
January 7, 2014
Jodi Pahl Since the beginning of 2013, the Joint Commission has required accredited hospitals to meet certain standards for patient flow through the emergency department. To comply, St. Rita's Medical Center, a Catholic Health Partners hospital in Lima, Ohio, has focused on nursing workflow and patient comfort by emphasizing mobile communications both inside and outside the building. For...
December 19, 2013
"Virtual house calls" over consumer-grade webcams and mobile devices have great potential to improve the care of patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, new research has shown, but the lingering issues of reimbursement and physician licensure continue to hinder growth of remote consultations. In a study published this month as an open-access article in the journal...
December 17, 2013
A potentially watershed moment in the evolution of digital health occurred last week. Atlanta-based health and wellness social network Sharecare launched AskMD, a mobile, consumer-facing app that includes a symptom checker unlike any other symptom checker out there. As MobiHealthNews reported: Sharecare's app, AskMD, offers users a symptom checker that allows them to choose which symptoms they...
December 16, 2013
The "e-patient" movement seems to be accelerating. At the beginning of 2013, patient advocacy group the Society for Participatory Medicine hired its first-ever executive director. As the year draws to a close, a new book shows how engaged and empowered patients have been successful in "care hacking" the convoluted healthcare system and suggests how developers of digital technologies can prosper...
December 10, 2013
WellnessFX, a supplier of blood management services for consumers and a Web portal for phlebotomy laboratories, has been acquired by Health Elements, which provides wellness services, including mobile apps and online coaching, for people looking to lose weight and fight chronic diseases, the companies said Monday. They did not disclose financial terms of the deal. The combined company will retain...