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By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2017
More on Google DeepMind’s patient data misconduct. Google DeepMind’s partnership with the NHS is back in the news again as some new information emerged in the form of a leaked letter from National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott to the director of the Royal Free Hospital, where DeepMind’s apps were tested. The letter, published by Sky News, gives a glimpse into the UK government’s ongoing...
By Jonah Comstock April 5, 2017
Stanley launches mobile app for seniors. Stanley Healthcare, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, has added a mobile app component to its Arial Emergency Call platform. The Arial app is designed as a better way for caregivers to be notified when a senior activates the platform via a pendant or a wall-mounted call station. The app makes it easier for caregivers to identify notifications, take...
By Jonah Comstock November 11, 2016
The unexpected election of Donald Trump who, as a candidate, was weak on specific policy promises, has mired a lot of industries in uncertainty about their future, but perhaps none more so than healthcare. The Republican party has long sought to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has affected most parts of the healthcare landscape since it was passed in 2010...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
IBM Watson Health announced that its Watson for Oncology program, trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, will be rolled out to 21 hospitals throughout China. The initial 21-hospital introduction is the beginning of a multi-year partnership through which IBM's Chinese partner Hangzhou CognitiveCare will introduce Watson for Oncology to hospitals across China. More. CareMore Health System ...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2016
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been accused of misusing $51.9 million in government appropriations to fund the development and rollout of its suite of mobile health apps, MeriTalk reported, citing an unreleased preliminary inspector general report. According to MeriTalk, when the VA launched its family caregiver app initiative in 2012, the department had insufficient IT funds, partly...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a rough couple of years. The year 2014 saw the VA come under fire for an inefficient system that left tens of thousands of patients facing long waits for care with some even dying as a result. The silver lining of this crisis, Under Secretary for Health and VA Chief Executive Dr. David Shulkin said at the American Telemedicine Association annual...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2015
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employs a few key principles to engage its population with mobile health tools, according to Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of the VA connected health department who spokes at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference this week. One of the principles the VA focuses on, though Evans admits it is a very basic one, is knowing its customer. "Our customer is the...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits. San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2015
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing yesterday to learn about the potential of aging in place technologies, including sensors and wearables. Aging In Place Technology Watch lead Laurie Orlov and VA Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer Maureen McCarthy testified, along with academics Marjorie Skubic from the University of Missouri and Carol Kim from the University of Maine....
By Jonah Comstock March 30, 2015
According to a posting on ClinicalTrials.gov, the US Department of Veterans Affairs is embarking on a new clinical trial of its PTSD Coach app, to test whether the app is more effective with clinician support. After a first phase of interviews with primary care and mental health practitioners, investigators will move onto a small 16-week study of 30 veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (...