Mike Miliard

December 11, 2017
Royal Philips has acquired VitalHealth for its cloud-based population health management technology. Founded in 2006 by Mayo Clinic and the Netherlands-based Noaber Foundation, VitalHealth develops tools — for outcome measurement, patient engagement, care coordination and analytics — to help manage chronic disease. Its products are deployed at more 100 healthcare networks in the US and abroad....
November 14, 2017
The first drug in the US with a digital ingestion tracking system has been approved by the FDA. The pill, Abilify MyCite, is prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. An ingestible sensor embedded in the pill is able to record that the medication was taken – sending...
November 6, 2017
As the Quality Payment Program enters its second year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its 1,653-page final rule on Nov. 2, with an array of implications for the ways physician practices use information technology in 2018. Among the biggest provisions is to allow doctors to use either 2014 or 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology in Year 2 of the program...
October 19, 2017
Genomic sequencing has come a long way in a short time, and its potential to drive even faster innovations in precision medicine is enormous. To capitalize on that opportunity, however, health systems need data – lots of it, from all sorts of people. Kaiser Permanente has been building a biobank with genomic data and other health information from hundreds of thousands of patients from across its...
October 9, 2017
Telehealth projects look different depending on the healthcare organizations putting the technology to work and the goals they're hoping to achieve, said Sue Schade, former CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year and current principal at StarBridge Advisors on Tuesday. She should know. Recent years have seen her working at four major health systems with four different strategies and priorities for rolling...
September 19, 2017
Billed as a "digital health studio," the newly-launched Doctella aims to help healthcare organizations develop patient-facing apps quickly, easily and inexpensively. Doctella CEO Amer Haider – who co-founded Doctella with his brother, Brigham & Women's Hospital surgeon and public health researcher Adil Haider, MD, and Peter Pronovost, MD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety...
August 25, 2017
Pfizer this week launched a modification of the popular sandbox game Minecraft, offering children with hemophilia a new way to learn about staying safe and prepared and maintaining their treatment plans.   Launched this week at the National Hemophilia Foundation's annual meeting in Chicago, the game is called HEMOCRAFT and was developed in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Game Studio at...
August 24, 2017
Chicago's Rush University Medical Center has filed a lawsuit against Draeger, charging that the patient monitoring system it spent four years and $18 million trying to make work has failed to live up to promises and expectations.   Draeger's Infinity Acute Care System exacerbated alert fatigue for physicians and nurses, "caused Rush clinical, technical and engineering professionals to waste...
August 23, 2017
Hackensack Meridian Health, as part of its affiliation with the New Jersey Innovation Institute, is is pledging $25 million to Agile Strategies Lab, an incubator on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.   The lab employs a concept similar to the show Shark Tank, officials said, where fledgling companies pitch ideas to a panel of healthcare and technology experts, looking to...
August 22, 2017
As providers drive patient engagement initiatives, population health management programs and quality improvement projects, they're still stymied by challenges with patient identification. In fact, many organizations have troves of electronic health records that can't avail themselves of analytics because they can't be matched with other records, according to a new report in the Journal of AHIMA....