Neil Versel

September 18, 2013
Aging-in-place startup Lively has put its home monitoring product in general release this week after landing $4.8 million in venture capital. Cambia Health Solutions led the Series A round, while Lively's seed investor Maveron also contributed, San Francisco-based Lively announced Tuesday. Lively, which combines stylish wireless sensors and a data-collection hub with biweekly printed mailers, is...
September 17, 2013
Humetrix's iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge in January. With new, tougher HIPAA privacy regulations set to take effect in less than a week, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces the rules, is trying to educate consumers and healthcare entities alike about a longstanding but much-ignored policy. "There is a clear right [in the HIPAA privacy rule] not...
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,"...
September 12, 2013
Will Falk of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mobile health, digital health, wireless health and telehealth, meet virtual health. That's the umbrella term preferred by Will Falk, managing partner for healthcare at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and executive fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation in Toronto, who believes that virtual care is slowly taking over medicine. "The virtualization of...
September 10, 2013
Erin Denholm When applied to the right circumstances and with appropriate planning, remote monitoring can be highly effective at avoiding inpatient admissions and visits to the emergency room for patients with chronic diseases. As a bonus, investments in monitoring technologies and services often pay off quickly, attendees at the American Telemedicine Association's Fall Forum heard Monday in...
September 5, 2013
Quantia Communications, parent company of physician social networking site QuantiaMD, has raised $10 million in Series B venture capital. The money will allow Waltham, Mass.-based Quantia to start marketing its "physician relationship management" services and online community of more than 200,000 physicians to health systems. Publicly traded venture capital firm Safeguard Scientifics contributed...
September 5, 2013
AirStrip ONE OB The massive Catholic Health Initiatives health system, with 87 hospitals in 18 states, is ramping up its digital health efforts while also getting ready to establish a distinct business unit dedicated to what the Englewood, Colo.-based organization calls "virtual health services." (Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly described the unit as a standalone...
August 31, 2013
Just as new physicians sometimes get caught unprepared for the business realities of an insurance-centric healthcare system because medical schools don't teach practice management, so too are even the most creative doctors often lacking in entrepreneurial skills because medical schools don't address that subject either, according to someone who is trying to remedy the situation. "The biggest...
August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
August 27, 2013
iPads might not be ideal for all medical practice settings, but Dr. Lennox Hoyte, CMIO and director of urogynecolgy of the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, believes they are a lot better than desktop computers in exam rooms or at the patient's bedside. "We're moving toward 95 percent of physician activity going away from the desktop," Hoyte said. According...