Neil Versel

August 26, 2013
The Cleveland Clinic developed the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Assessment System (C3), a two-year-old iPad app that measures concussion severity and recovery, to "bring continuity of assessment across a large healthcare organization," according to biomedical engineer Jay Alberts. It now is showing promise as a way to maximize limited resources for treating head injuries in rural communities. This...
August 22, 2013
A startup company is looking to raise $650,000 on Indiegogo to test and eventually bring to market a wireless sensor meant to aid in the early detection of breast cancer and the tracking of patients being treated for the disease that kills 40,000 U.S. women each year. Eclipse Breast Health Technologies, of La Mesa, California, launched its crowdfunding campaign Monday and hopes to reach its goal...
August 22, 2013
EHR vendor Allscripts Healthcare is expanding its mobility efforts, introducing an updated version of its Allscripts Wand native iPad app and debuting a company-branded app store for technology developed by clients and third parties with an Allscripts application programming interface. Allscripts made the announcements at the annual Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) user meeting in the company's...
August 21, 2013
Denver-based iTriage, maker of a mobile and Web app that helps consumers find physicians based on symptoms they are experiencing, is working with parent company Aetna to offer mid-sized employer groups a customizable version of the app that guides users to in-network providers. iTriage expects the newly released update to save employers money and cut the administrative burden for hospitals and...
August 15, 2013
Smartphones have gotten good enough to provide nearly continuous, closed-loop, outpatient control of blood sugar in people with diabetes, according to a recently published study. "We showed that it is possible. Frankly, there were voices saying that it was not possible," corresponding author Boris Kovatchev, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Diabetes Technology, tells...
August 13, 2013
FDA Senior Policy Advisor Bakul Patel A decision by the Food and Drug Administration to recognize a set of voluntary, industry-developed interoperability standards should make it easier for technology developers to gain 510(k) clearance for new medical devices – including smartphone accessories – that follow such standards. In its annual update to its list of accepted consensus standards for...
August 9, 2013
An emerging company called Kinsights this week launched an online pediatric personal health record for parents to keep track of their children's medical histories. I initially rolled my eyes. "Untethered" PHRs—controlled by patients and not directly connected to an institutional EHR—have been an unmitigated failure to date. As I noted in a February 2013 commentary, they generally don't fit...
August 7, 2013
The convergence of mobile devices, wearable health monitors, social media and advanced analytics is starting to shift healthcare consumers away from Google and other Internet search engines toward automated, more personalized methods of finding relevant health information, according to a newly published report. "Today, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, most people begin...
August 6, 2013
The Alabama Department of Public Health has become possibly the first state health department to have a public mobile app. The department last month quietly released Apple iOS and Android versions of its mobile app, and made a public announcement late last week. A free download from either Google Play or iTunes, the app is meant to improve dissemination of public health information to Alabama...
August 2, 2013
After BenJarvus Green-Ellis, then of the New England Patriots, wore a specialized chin strap from Battle Sports Science to measure how hard he was hit during Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012, MobiHealthNews described the presence of mobile health as "stealthy." During a grueling cycling tour in Europe planned for September, the technology will be front and center. As many as 100 riders will be...