Bernie Monegain

By Bernie Monegain 09:40 amApril 11, 2014
After five years at the helm, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned on April 10.  Sebelius seemed to have weathered the maelstrom surrounding last October's botched rollout of the government’s health insurance exchanges, and with more than 7 million new people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges, the future looked good. Last October, the launch of the...
By Bernie Monegain 06:46 amMarch 18, 2014
Doctors using tablets at the point of care don't always have the easiest time switching between apps, especially when they're trying to keep the patient's medical record in front of them. Now UPMC is working with a trio of healthcare IT companies to simplify that workflow. The Pittsburgh-based health system is partnering with Caradigm, Intel and Microsoft on a mobile Windows 8.1 tablet-based...
By Bernie Monegain 08:04 amFebruary 6, 2014
Ozarks Medical Center in Missouri and Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona are among hospitals in 25 states across the country that will receive federal funding for telemedicine projects. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that nearly $16 million in USDA grants would be disbursed for distance learning and telemedicine services. The USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant...
By Bernie Monegain 06:00 amDecember 26, 2013
Health insurer Humana and Minnesota-based Healthsense, a provider of aging services technologies, have completed member enrollment in a remote monitoring pilot program. The pilot will measure the impact of in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology on improving health outcomes and reducing frailty and fall-related hospital admissions for Medicare members with chronic health conditions....
By Bernie Monegain 02:40 pmDecember 10, 2013
The prospects for the mHealth market might be promising, but we've still got work to do. “This market will not take off until we can scale,” said Clint McClellan, senior director of business development at Qualcomm Life and president and chairman of the board at standards and interface development for the Continua Health Alliance. He was part of the "M2M Now Money Talks: mHealth 2020 Vision –...
By Bernie Monegain 11:51 amAugust 26, 2013
Aetna is now offering some 4,000 of its mid-sized business clients a customizable app for their employees. Developed by iTriage, a Denver-based Aetna subsidiary, the app customizes information for consumers based on their specific health benefits plan, helps employees understand how to use an in-network healthcare provider, and reduces administrative work for healthcare providers. "The launch of...
By Bernie Monegain 12:30 pmJuly 31, 2013
Midwest Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a St. Louis-based group of high-risk obstetricians, tripled its number of telemedicine consultations during the first half of the year to accommodate a higher number of patients at outlying facilities. The practice cares for approximately 1,300 patients per year using telemedicine, which is available at its Washington and O'Fallon offices in Missouri and its...
By Bernie Monegain 11:01 amJune 10, 2013
New research by GSMA concludes that mHealth could save almost €100 billion in healthcare costs in the EU by 2017 as well as add €93 billion in GDP. The GSMA  – Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association – is composed of 800 of the world's mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile market, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies,...
By Bernie Monegain 10:40 amJune 4, 2013
As physicians select their first EHR systems or look to switch vendors, a survey by Black Book Rankings has identified a “meteoric trend” toward mobile EHR applications – especially a marked leaning for iPad apps. The Washington, D.C.-based research firm conducted the poll as a follow-up to its 2013 electronic health record study, foretelling the “Year of the Big EHR Switch.” Nearly one in five...
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By Bernie Monegain 11:09 amMay 29, 2013
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved a $1.6 million research award to the Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to study the use of videoconferencing technology to deliver behavioral health services to pediatric patients in community primary care settings. Tumaini R. Coker, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at UCLA, will lead...