Neil Versel

July 9, 2013
Retail pharmacy heavyweight CVS Caremark has added a drug interaction checker to its CVS Mobile app that cautions consumers when an over-the-counter medication might interact with other drugs they are taking. The Woonsocket, RI-based company says it is the first drugstore chain to include such a feature in a mobile app. With the new interaction checker, users can scan the barcodes on OTC...
July 2, 2013
AirStrip ONE running on a Windows 8 device AirStrip Technologies, maker of mobile patient monitoring software, is the first healthcare software vendor to join a new Microsoft application development program aimed at expanding the reach of Surface touch-screen tablets into the business world. Microsoft's new AppsForSurface initiative, introduced Monday, is part of a new corporate strategy,...
July 2, 2013
A Spanish startup company is testing and pursuing regulatory approval for a wireless stretcher that allows for continuous monitoring of heart and stroke patients even when patients are being moved. Imaxdi, based in Vigo, Spain, has embedded its own, patented heart monitoring technology into a stretcher and has been testing prototypes for about six months at hospital in the autonomous Spanish...
June 25, 2013
Noting the prevalence of mobile phones and mobile internet access even among poor, migrant farm workers, the largest poison-control agency in the country is turning to that technology to reduce human exposure to pesticides in California. The California Poison Control System (CPCS), a state-funded program headquartered at the University of California-San Francisco, has introduced the Pesticide...
June 25, 2013
Mobile operator Sprint Nextel has teamed up with TigerText, a privately held, Santa Monica, Calif.-based provider of secure text messaging services, to offer two texting products for healthcare enterprises that safeguard protected health information to HIPAA standards. The basic service, called Sprint Enterprise Messenger – Secure is provided by TeleMessage, an Israeli company that builds secure...
June 21, 2013
A statewide telehealth organization in California expects to broaden and mobilize its reach by partnering with videoconferencing technology company Vidyo and cloud networking provider Arkadin to offer secure, Web-based videoconferencing to hundreds of sites in medically underserved communities. The California Telehealth Network (CTN), an independent, not-for-profit membership organization,...
June 20, 2013
Telehealth service provider American Well has signed big contracts for online care with the likes of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Rite Aid, United Healthcare, WellPoint and various Blues plans, but two deals announced last week broke new ground for the Boston-based company. "These are the first to embrace telehealth under the flag of improving [care] quality," American Well CEO Dr. Roy...
June 18, 2013
A story in Sunday's New York Times about wireless devices that can help detect blows to the head in athletes is bringing fresh attention to the issue of sports-related concussions and how digital health technology can help better monitor and treat head injuries. It also is reaffirming the fact that body-worn sensors are not meant to be substitutes for expert medical care. As Cambridge, Mass.-...
June 12, 2013
A digital pen from Anoto. Serial entrepreneur and longtime mobile health developer Stephen Hau is stepping aside as CEO of his current venture, Shareable Ink, as the Nashville, Tennessee-based provider of digital pen-based healthcare data capture has brought in a veteran health IT executive to run the company. Laurie McGraw, most recently chief client officer at EHR vendor Allscripts Healthcare...
June 11, 2013
Want to have a successful digital health startup? Be honest. Understand the market. Know your capabilities in terms of innovation and technological and human resources. And, above all, focus on the people you have and the problems you are trying to address. "The biggest issue is focus," Dr. Barry P. Chaiken, Boston-based CMIO at enterprise software developer Infor and a veteran of clinical...