Bernie Monegain

By Bernie Monegain 01:25 pmJanuary 27, 2011
Three of the nation's top hospital companies and two major hospital systems – together representing more than 400 hospitals across the country – have invested in the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund L.P., a venture fund focused on investments in businesses that improve the delivery of healthcare services. The partners will make individual investments of up to $10 million in new businesses. "...
By Bernie Monegain 12:17 pmJanuary 18, 2011
The accelerated uptake of electronic health records, the widespread use of smartphones and dramatic advances in telemedicine are among the 2010 healthcare trends cited in a new industry report from staffing firm Jackson & Coker. Forecast in 2011 More RAC audits, deeper Medicare and Medicaid cuts and fierce competition for hospitals. "Certainly 2010 was a watershed year for healthcare...
By Bernie Monegain 02:58 pmJanuary 14, 2011
The market for point-of-care (POC) tests has almost doubled from 2003 to 2009, according to a new report published by Kalorama Information. With the ability to help reduce healthcare costs while simultaneously improving patient care, POC tests represent a significant and growing share of the global in vitro diagnostics (IVD) market, according to Kalorama. In its report Worldwide Point of Care...
By Bernie Monegain 02:28 pmJanuary 11, 2011
The VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Birmingham, Ala., an acute tertiary care facility, will provide nurse case managers with integrated mobile electronic health records. The technology will make it possible for home-based primary care nurses to schedule case loads as well as access and input patient information. The technology, called HB Mobile, was developed by Juneau, Fla.-based DSS, Inc. The...
By Bernie Monegain 02:06 pmJanuary 9, 2011
Mobile technology has become an must-have tool for Walgreens, which bills itself as the nation's largest drugstore chain. The company now offers mobile applications for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, featuring text alerts for more than 1 million subscribers and a function that allows patients to scan the bar code of their prescription to send in refills. Walgreens operates 7,650 drugstores in...
By Bernie Monegain 03:15 pmJanuary 3, 2011
Telcare, a Bethesda, Md. based company, focused on developing technology to manage chronic diseases, has raised $4.46 million of a targeted $5 million in a mixed securities offering, according to an amended SEC filing. The financing sources were not named in the filing. Telcare uses wireless technology to provide communications between chronically ill patients and their physicians. Jonathan...
By Bernie Monegain 03:33 pmDecember 22, 2010
Optimism is prevalent in the healthcare IT sector, where 77 percent of venture capitalists expect investment to increase, according to results of the 2011 Venture View predictions survey, conducted by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource. There was no clear consensus on how medical devices and biopharmaceuticals investments would fare as VCs were split...
By Bernie Monegain 11:01 amNovember 30, 2010
GE Healthcare announced Monday the 510(k) clearance of its next generation wireless, digital X-ray detector FlashPad at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. The technology is designed to help radiologists transition from film to digital imaging and increase access for patients worldwide. The 510(k) clearance, required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is also...
By Bernie Monegain 12:30 pmNovember 29, 2010
Mobile health applications will be distributed predominantly through traditional healthcare channels by 2015 as opposed to app stores, according to a global survey by research2guidance. Today app stores are still the distribution channels of choice, but in the future it is expected that traditional healthcare distribution channels such as hospitals and specialized healthcare product vendors will...
By Bernie Monegain 01:19 pmOctober 25, 2010
With the increasing use of electronic health records in California and across the nation, Carl Elkins, regional CIO for Adventist Health, recognizes the value of clinicians, patients and visitors being able to communicate on mobile phones anywhere in the hospital. Simi Valley Hospital, one of 17 hospitals in the Adventist Health system, recently tapped Extenet for a Distributed Antenna System,...