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By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2014
Telemedicine has been around for a number of years, but it's not yet an everyday channel for patients to receive care. A panel of providers and vendors sat down at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium to discuss the question of what it would take to get telemedicine into the mainstream. The panel, moderated by Harvard heart surgeon Lawrence Cohn, included American Well CEO Dr. Roy...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2014
The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that 690,000 US veterans received care in the 2014 fiscal year via telehealth, with 2 million telehealth visits scheduled. That means that 12 percent of all veterans enrolled in VA programs received telehealth care of some kind in 2014. “We have to adapt to meet veterans wherever their needs are,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a statement...
By Aditi Pai September 9, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to launch several new mobile apps this fall, according to a report from Federal News Radio. Many apps that the VA plan to launch were part of the organization's Family Caregiver Pilot, which began in June 2013 and lasted a year. In addition to those apps, the VA has also converted desktop applications from its health portal into mobile apps. As part of the...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2014
The modus health StepWatch is the kind of device the VA will reimburse for. At the beginning of this month, MobiHealthNews noted in an In-Depth report that a new class of wireless, wearable activity tracker is increasingly finding its way into the clinical space, especially to help people with movement disorders or lower body injuries. That trend just got a big boost from the US Department of...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2014
At Health 2.0's HxRefactored event in Brooklyn, New York this week, a number of big names spoke frankly about the challenges of providing patients with their healthcare data. Participants described both technical challenges and larger policy issues with the sharing of healthcare data. Sean Nolan, head of the Microsoft HealthVault team, said that there are two truisms about healthcare data:...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2014
A recent survey of 150 federal government executives working in the healthcare space found that just shy of 60 percent of them think their agency's mission objectives will depend on successfully using big data in five years. The study, conducted by public-private partnership MeriTalk and underwritten by the EMC Corporation, found federal government workers saying big data would help them in...
By Aditi Pai December 12, 2013
Columbia University's Frederick Muench Text messages have been proven several times to be a positive medium for improving health outcomes. Text message intervention studies for smoking cessation, medication adherence and weight loss have all come back with positive results. Although companies have begun developing more and more apps, tailored text messages that speak to a specific audience...
By Jonah Comstock August 12, 2013
Cardiocom's Diabetes Management System. Minneapolis-based implantable medical device maker Medtronic has acquired Chanhassen, Minnesota-based Cardiocom, a remote patient monitoring and disease management company, for $200 million in cash. As the Wall Street Journal reported, this acquisition represents a diversification for Medtronic, from it's core offering of implantable medical devices to...
By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fully launched its pilot, announced last year, in which it's distributing 1,000 iPads to family caregivers of veterans loaded with 10 specially-created apps. "There are three things that we're looking at in the pilot," said Kathleen Frisbee, Director of Web and Mobile Solutions in the Veterans Health Administration. "The first is the impact of the iPads on...
By Neil Versel May 30, 2012
Department of Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker may have circumvented around some federal protocols in deploying iPhones and iPads to VA personnel, but he did not violate strict security standards, according to an audit by the department's Office of Inspector General. In rolling out mobile devices to physicians and other VA personnel last year, the department knew that neither Apple iOS nor the...