Bernie Monegain

By Bernie Monegain 01:00 pmFebruary 14, 2012
The Office of the National Coordinator has announced a new innovation challenge – this one aimed at improving access to medical records for people with disabilities. Health information technology and electronic health records hold great promise in improving the health outcomes and coordination of care for people with disabilities, ONC officials wrote in a recent background paper. However, the...
By Bernie Monegain 11:02 amJanuary 24, 2012
An estimated 9 million Kaiser Permanente patients can access their medical information on mobile devices through a mobile-optimized website, Kaiser executives have announced. Kaiser recently released an app for Android devices. The app provides full access to patient information  on the Kaiser Permanente health record system through the mobile-optimized version of kp.org. An app for the iPhone...
By Bernie Monegain 12:40 pmJanuary 10, 2012
The mHealth market earned revenues of $230 million in 2010 and is estimated to reach $392 million in 2015, according to a new report from research firm Frost & Sullivan. The report, "Analysis of the U.S. Broadband mHealth Applications Market," notes that the mobile health app market continues to see substantial growth, and is expected to continue expansion as business models and...
By Bernie Monegain 02:26 pmDecember 9, 2011
The chief of the cardiology department at 400-bed Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida has developed software for controlling heart devices remotely using an iPad, The hospital’s executives say the technology could revolutionize the way physicians reprogram pacemakers. E. Martin Kloosterman, MD, director of the electrophysiology laboratory at the hospital, published his study in the peer-...
By Bernie Monegain 10:41 amNovember 8, 2011
SweetSpot Diabetes Care, a Portland, Ore.-based company, will remotely monitor blood glucose levels in veterans with diabetes, beginning with a pilot in Dayton, Ohio. An award from the Department of Veteran Affair's industry innovation competition, known as VAi2, will pay for the initiative aimed at improving care and reducing complications. Telemedicine is a focus of the VAi2 competition. The VA...
By Bernie Monegain 02:43 pmSeptember 28, 2011
States and communities nationwide will receive more than $103M from the federal government to help combat chronic illness, pegged as the leading cause of death in Americans. The money is aimed at developing new programs and providing technical assistance. Most chronic disease programs employ information technology as a means of tracking patient conditions and reporting to statewide and national...
By Bernie Monegain 01:56 pmSeptember 19, 2011
The world market for telehealth is set to exceed $1 billion by 2016 and could jump to $6 billion in 2020, according to a new report from InMedica, the medical electronics market research group within IMS Research. “Many public healthcare systems now have targets to reduce both the number of hospital visits and the length of stay in hospital,” says Diane Wilkinson, research manager at InMedica. “...
By Bernie Monegain 02:12 pmSeptember 7, 2011
Boston-based American Well and Numera, headquartered in Seattle will collaborate to deliver health monitoring information directly into live online encounters between physicians and patients. The initiative brings together American Well's Online Care Suite telehealth solution and Numera's NumeraNET gateway. Patients being monitored for a range of conditions will be able to track their vitals and...
By Bernie Monegain 02:16 pmAugust 30, 2011
The global telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent, driven mainly by growth opportunities in Europe, according to a recent report by Technavio, specialists in emerging technologies market research.   The report covers the Americas as well as the EMEA and APAC regions. “Though the United States has been dominating the global telemedicine market,...
By Bernie Monegain 02:04 pmAugust 29, 2011
National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD, urged an audience at the annual Allscripts Client Experience Conference Monday morning to pick a health problem - stroke or heart attack, for example – and "knock the heck out of it." "All of you out there, pick a target."As he has before, Mostashari reminded the group that "technology is not an end to itself." Better care for individuals...