Neil Versel

July 31, 2013
Aging in place and disease management technology developer Ambio Health has gained FDA 510(k) regulatory clearance for its flagship Ambio Remote Health Monitoring System. The system, first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, essentially adds wireless capability to standard home health monitors and automates data collection. Stamford, Connecticut-based Ambio is now free to sell...
July 30, 2013
Data liberation advocate Hugo Campos has scored a small victory in his ongoing battle to gain access to potentially life-saving data generated from the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest. Campos now gets XML files of reports from his defibrillator after device manufacturer Medtronic agreed to supply Campos' doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with a script to run in...
July 25, 2013
Health insurer Humana is turning to telehealth systems provider AMC Health in an effort to keep patients with congestive heart failure out of hospitals, saving money for the payer and improving the quality of life for a high-risk population. In a pilot launched last month, 450 Humana Medicare Advantage members in Ohio with CHF are receiving A&D Medical Products weight scales and blood-...
July 25, 2013
OneHealth Solutions, a company that largely has focused on employer groups, is for the first time applying its mobile and Web platform for patient behavior change to primary care, courtesy of a partnership with Boston Medical Center. The safety-net hospital, an affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, is adopting the OneHealth system, originally to treat substance abuse, depression and...
July 23, 2013
While other hospitals are trying to comply with a new Medicare policy by assuring recently discharged patients don't have to be readmitted, Orlando Health is trying to prevent inpatient admissions in the first place by sending some patients home from the emergency department with telemonitoring equipment. The Central Florida health system is a month into a planned four-month pilot of home-based...
July 18, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. Patient engagement is on the minds of a lot of people in healthcare, spurred not only by a requirement in Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations, but by imperatives to improve the quality of care and boost patient satisfaction. Some providers beginning to open their minds, but technical and cultural challenges stand in the way,...
July 16, 2013
Dr. Robert Kaplan The research community appears to be relishing the challenge of producing enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove the efficacy of mobile health technologies while also remaining open to new methods of evaluation that can keep pace with rapid innovation. "The literature has really mushroomed in the last couple of years," Robert M. Kaplan, director of the Office of...
July 12, 2013
Speakers didn't pull many punches on the first day of the 10th annual Healthcare Unbound conference in Aurora, Colorado, Thursday, nor did they always agree, either. "Go forth and disrupt. Go forth and disrupt patient care," instructed health IT consultant Vince Kuraitis, principal and founder of Boise, Idaho-based Better Health Technologies, and a member of the conference advisory board. That...
July 11, 2013
Beam Technologies, maker of the Beam Brush smartphone app-enabled toothbrush, has halved the retail price of its signature product in an attempt to boost sales. The Louisville, Ky.-based startup announced the news Wednesday in an e-mail to potential customers. Correction: The original version of this article inaccurately attributed the price change to slow sales. Beam Brush says its sales to date...
July 10, 2013
A large, multi-state anesthesia group will use the iPad version of Shareable Ink's Anesthesia Cloud EHR module to help clinicians document patient encounters at all 25 of its practice locations, Nashville, Tenn.-based Shareable Ink announced Tuesday. The group, Resolute Anesthesia and Pain Solutions, has been piloting the system at its flagship Boca Raton, Fla., location as physicians there work...