Bernie Monegain

By Bernie Monegain 08:57 amMay 17, 2013
Nearly $1 billion in new Health Care Innovation Awards from the Department of Health & Human Services will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving healthcare system transformation and delivering better outcomes. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this second round of funding May 15. "These awards will continue our work to drive down healthcare costs while providing high...
By Bernie Monegain 10:38 amMay 10, 2013
Imagine if telemedicine had the same government support that EHRs have garnered. That’s the steep and thorny path on which Ryan Spaulding took his audience during a public policy discussion at the American Telemedicine Association’s 18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show this past week. Spaulding, director of telemedicine and telehealth at the University of Kansas Medical Center,...
By Bernie Monegain 12:35 pmApril 29, 2013
La Maestra Community Health Centers is using a telemedicine grant from the Verizon Foundation to reach children who may never have seen a doctor or dentist. The $90,000 grant, given last fall, has allowed La Maestra to equip a van with the latest in mHealth equipment, including X-ray technology, to create a state-of-the-art mobile clinic. Officials say the clinic can deliver mobile health to...
By Bernie Monegain 10:47 amApril 22, 2013
A new workgroup focusing on patient safety and innovation in health IT will begin meeting next week, and mobile medical applications are sure to be on the agenda. The workgroup was unveiled by the Department of Health and Human Services and Federal Communications Commission last week. It will report to the Health IT Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...
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By Bernie Monegain 01:16 pmMarch 14, 2013
After 15 years at the helm of Allscripts, the EHR vendor he helped steer through years of growth and change, Glen Tullman is poised to join the ranks of serial entrepreneurs. He and Allscripts colleague Lee Shapiro, who served as president, have set their sights on starting a new company – or maybe multiple companies – in the mobile healthcare arena. "We’re looking at what’s next, what’s coming...
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By Bernie Monegain 09:04 amMarch 7, 2013
"There's nothing wrong we can’t fix." Former President Bill Clinton’s talk Wednesday at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition encompassed politics, economics, history, climate change, childhood obesity, health information technology, of course, and even the art of the deal. Over the course of the keynote, he enumerated many problems with the healthcare system, but he concluded on an...
By Bernie Monegain 03:09 pmMarch 5, 2013
The Ford Motor Company is taking multi-tasking to a new level with its entry into the healthcare space. Imagine a car that not only lets the driver select music or talk on the phone without taking his or her hands off the steering wheel or eyes off the road, but helps monitor blood sugar, blood pressure and stress and provides allergy alerts. If the stress level is high, incoming calls are...
By Bernie Monegain 12:53 pmFebruary 14, 2013
Wireless patient monitoring technology is attracting broad market interest and potential investors, according to a new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan.  Venture capitalists are showing keen interest in the disruptive technology and will play a major role in bringing it to market, researchers say in "Wireless Patient Monitoring Technologies – Evaluation of Funding Prospects."  The...
By Bernie Monegain 11:17 amJanuary 9, 2013
Wellocracy, described as a new self-help movement for health and wellness that employs technology to motivate participants and help them reach their goals, launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan. 8 with an online community and the first in a planned series of e-books. The idea, says Joseph Kvedar, MD, founder and director of Center for Connected Health – part of Partners HealthCare...
By Bernie Monegain 11:37 amJanuary 7, 2013
athenahealth is expanding its stronghold in the physician market with the acquisition of Epocrates, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of point-of-care medical apps for physicians. The acquisition will accelerate the Watertown, Mass.-based company's vision to build the nation’s health information backbone, company executives say. More than 330,000 physicians use Epocrates, according to company...