Neil Versel

June 11, 2013
The newly launched analytics platform from web-based and mobile EHR vendor Practice Fusion is meant to give physicians, insurers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and industry analysts highly granular intelligence about populations of patients. Based on technology from 100Plus, a company San Francisco-based Practice Fusion acquired in February, the product, Practice Fusion Insight, is meant...
June 6, 2013
As president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and daughter of its namesake, Kerry Kennedy has been all over the world. "In nearly every place I visit, access to quality healthcare is a problem," she says. In many of those places, Internet service and even electricity are unreliable, which is why Kennedy is such a fan of mobile devices for delivering healthcare services...
June 3, 2013
When MobiHealthNews first reported on personal health records (PHR) startup Cognovant in May 2012, the story warned about a "graveyard" of PHR failure. Cognovant, like many others before it, saw PHRs as the potential hub of interoperability for healthcare consumers that so far has eluded many provider-centric electronic health records (EHRs). Cognovant, of Kansas City, Mo., recently joined that...
June 3, 2013
The volume of scientific research about mobile healthcare technology has grown as the field itself has exploded, but the quality and focus of academic studies has not kept pace with the speed of innovation, a review of 10 years' worth of published literature suggests. "Mobile technology, with its diffusion and characteristics, holds a great potential for health care applications. However the use...
May 30, 2013
Pharmacy chain Walgreen Co. already has said that mobile technology is an integral part of its strategy for driving more traffic into its 8,300 stores nationwide. Internal company research shows why. Data recently presented by Tim McCauley, senior director for mobile commerce at Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens indicates that customers who engage with Walgreens in person, online and via mobile...
May 30, 2013
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a versatile iPhone-based biosensor that, with about $200 worth of parts, is just as accurate as a $50,000 laboratory spectrophotometer. The system, consisting of an iPhone cradle and an app, can detect viruses, bacteria, toxins, proteins and even allergens in food using the smartphone's camera as a spectrometer and the...
May 22, 2013
The pre-FDA clearance version of MobileCT Nephosity, a San Francisco-based startup, has joined the swelling ranks of companies to receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for a mobile medical imaging app. The FDA has approved Nephosity's MobileCT Viewer iPad app for remote diagnostic viewing of CT, MRI and X-ray images when a fixed workstation is not readily available,...
May 21, 2013
Following the same notion that speech recognition technology vendors have had about medicine needing customized electronic dictionaries to handle the specialized vocabulary, a British company is bringing medical terminology to texting and mobile typing – and positioning its product as a big money-saver. KeyPoint Technologies, based in Glasgow, Scotland, this week introduced a set of industry-...
May 21, 2013
It takes guts for former Zeo CEO Dave Dickinson to do what he did in a MobiHealthNews commentary last week, namely, share his lessons learned from the moderately popular but ultimately unsuccessful mobile sleep monitoring and coaching service. I think he realizes Zeo was on the verge of something big, but couldn't quite get over the hump. "Early on, we realized that our ability to transcend our...
May 15, 2013
Is the placebo effect real even without the deceptive element of making people believe they are receiving a pharmaceutical treatment? One entrepreneur thinks so, and is looking for like-minded people to back him in hopes of bringing a mobile app to market this summer. A Seattle-based startup called Placebo has developed an app called Placebo Effect that is intended to help people feel better...