Tom Sullivan

August 4, 2017
President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, on Wednesday introduced a new app, part of a plan to build out telehealth tools and services for veterans, and foretold rules that would make virtual care more accessible. Trump said the VA, along with the American Office of Innovation, which his son-in-law Jared Kushner runs, are working to improve care transitions between the...
July 31, 2017
Hospitals are planning to ramp up the use of robots in the next one to three years -- and the momentum will include clinical applications as well as automating simple tasks. “Robots can deliver value by automating manual and laborious tasks,” IDC Health Insights research director Mutaz Shegewi said. “But they will also be increasingly adopted for direct clinical applications and emergent use...
July 18, 2017
NewYork-Presbyterian added to its lineup of telehealth services on Thursday with the introduction of Pediatric Urgent Care. The latest service follows the late April launch of Second Opinion, Adult Online Urgent Care and Virtual Visits within the hospital’s NYP OnDemand suite of telehealth services. “Our goal is to deliver immediate guidance and advice to a concerned parent, and to provide...
May 2, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense has picked Abbott Laboratories to develop a traumatic brain injury test in a one-bid contract. Abbott has been working with DoD on similar projects that clinicians can use to conduct tests via mobile devices already in place since at least 2014. DoD put the new contract total at $11.3 million and said of that $2.5 million was obligated when it named Abbott. “Work...
April 24, 2017
NewYork-Presbyterian has revealed a pair of new telemedicine options for psychiatric and express care services that build out its existing NYP OnDemand telehealth suite. NYP went live with Express Care at its Columbia University Medical Center, which replaces in-person encounters with a video visit to slash admission-to-discharge times from an average 2.5 hours to 31 minutes, according to NYP...
April 19, 2017
Today, HIMSS announced it is acquiring Health 2.0, the conference organization focused on healthcare technology innovation. HIMSS CEO H. Stephen Lieber said that while HIMSS has traditionally focused on mainstream technologies deployed by hospitals, networks and physician groups, the acquisition will make it possible for HIMSS to have a greater influence on the cutting edge of health IT. “We will...
April 11, 2017
Amazon Web Services and Merck announced a developer competition on Monday to that plans to harness artificial intelligence for diabetics. Dubbed the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, and powered by Luminary Labs, the contest aims to incent upstarts and individual developers to create apps that harness Amazon’s Alexa voice-enabled technologies particularly for patients recently diagnosed with Type 2...
March 23, 2017
DX: Hospital executives and IT pros might as well get used to those initials, which analyst house IDC and some others use to refer to "digital transformation." While DX is not an entirely new concept, IDC just projected that the overall DX market will blast off toward $20 trillion in short order, representing more than 20 percent of GDP. Global GDP, that is. IDC determined that fewer than 5...
December 14, 2016
Engaging patients via connected health apps, devices and other technologies to take charge of their own health seems like an obvious progression for the healthcare industry to make. So why isn’t it happening faster? That was a central question in multiple sessions here at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. Partners Healthcare vice president of connected health Joseph Kvedar, MD, pointed...
December 13, 2016
Digital health tools and apps are all the rage these days but that's hardly to say they're a new phenomenon, according to Partners HealthCare vice president of connected health Dr. Joseph Kvedar. Kvedar, in fact, has been working to apply connected health technologies to patient care for more than 20 years. Back then, mobile devices encompassed such leading-edge tools as the Sony Walkman, Palm...