HIMSS

By Brian Dolan September 10, 2013
With the launch of a revamped 4.0 version of its flagship app, WebMD has begun to execute on a strategy that Bill Pence, the company's EVP and CTO, laid out for MobiHealthNews earlier this year. Based on my March discussion with Pence and a recent interview with Todd Zander, WebMD's VP of Mobile and Emerging Media, the longterm vision for WebMD is to create an app and web experience that includes...
By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2013
Emmi Solutions' patient engagement software. Whether intentional or coincidental, the timing of Clay Christensen's controversial Wall Street Journal editorial on "The Coming Failure of ACOs" was interesting, putting Christensen's well-rooted skepticism at the forefront of the conversation going into HIMSS 2013, where ACOs were a dominant topic of discussion. Christensen contends that ACOs will...
By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2013
Panasonic's ToughPad was subjected to a shower of water at HIMSS 2013. One of the media narratives that came out of CES this year, was that despite not attending the show, as is its custom, Apple managed to have a significant effect on the proceedings. The same thing could be said of HIMSS, especially when it comes to tablets, where Apple's absence was keenly felt in the midst of so many...
By Neil Versel March 5, 2013
Mayo Clinic's app: Patient When Stage 2 of the federal electronic health records (EHR) incentive program known as meaningful use begins in October (for hospitals) and in January 2014 (for physicians), compliance for the first time will not be completely in the hands of providers. Stage 2 rules require participants to give at least half of their patients the ability to view and download their own...
By Jonah Comstock March 5, 2013
The inescapable question for Microsoft at HIMSS 2013 is this: How does the company maintain relevance in a mobile ecosystem increasingly dominated by Apple iPhones and iPads? With its Surface Pro tablet, Windows 8 operating system, and Office 365 HIPAA-compliant cloud platform, not to mention a bevy of new app partners, Apple's longtime rival is doing its best to step up to the plate. The company...
By Neil Versel January 31, 2013
The Society for Participatory Medicine, which has been advocating for greater patient engagement in healthcare since 2009, has hired Barbara L. Kornblau, former dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at the University of Michigan's Flint campus, as its first executive director. Kornblau will be tasked with spreading the word about patient engagement to healthcare professionals and...
By Neil Versel January 24, 2013
Have you seen all the pushback of late against the direction of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program and EHRs in general? The year started with the publication of a RAND Corp. study in Health Affairs cautioning that health IT had fallen far short of its potential so far. Notably, EHR design and implementation problems, a lack of interoperability and continued reluctance among providers to...
By Brian Dolan October 11, 2012
Kansas City-based health IT company Cerner announced this week plans to embed Nuance Communications' cloud-based medical voice recognition into all of the mobile-enabled versions of its electronic health record offerings, including PowerChart Touch, which it launched at HIMSS in February. Cerner believes the voice recognition technology will help clinicians capture more complete notes when...
By Neil Versel July 31, 2012
What follows are some controversial remarks from last week's 4th annual World Congress Leadership Summit on mHealth in Boston, where I represented MobiHealthNews as a panel moderator. In the final, sparsely attended session on Friday afternoon, after many registrants had headed to the airport, Paul Meyer, chairman and president of Voxiva, the company behind Text4Baby and other mobile health...
By Neil Versel July 12, 2012
New pager-replacement Android and Apple iOS apps from Zipit Wireless, a Greenville, S.C.-based maker of wireless IP devices and software, not only add paging capabilities to smartphones, but allow hospitals to get a better handle on many forms of staff communication. On Thursday, Zipit introduced the two apps, branded as Zipit Confirm, and also announced a significant partnership with Verizon...

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