Ephraim Schwartz

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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:01 am April 14, 2014
There’s a new mobile healthcare software category in town: The care coordination platform. Care coordination platform providers take wellness applications to the next level of patient engagement by integrating what the patient does with what caregivers need to know. In the process, the platform creates a unique kind of symbiosis where each member of the healthcare circle is able to adapt and...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:07 am April 7, 2014
Mobile healthcare doesn’t necessarily need another smartphone glucose monitor, mobile pedometer or cellular-heart-meter-communicator that updates a patient’s EHR on an hourly basis. The market is awash in mobile point solutions and nearing saturation. Instead, what we need now are mobile applications and services that can take mHealth to the next level. Let’s look at three such start-ups –...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:13 am March 24, 2014
As ICD-10 draws ever closer, coders, physicians and the IT folks who support them are wondering how they will locate ICD-10 codes when the time comes. Already we're seeing a raft of new smartphone apps promising to search through nearly 70,000 new code descriptions quickly enough to deliver the correct one right at the point of care. But before you shop, there are a number of features you may...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:02 am March 17, 2014
Last year, Kaiser Permanente conducted 10.5 million patient-doctor visits via e-mail, telephone or video tools. A factor in the popularity of these virtual visits probably rests in the fact that patients do not need to miss time from work or school. For example: A secure e-mail service allows users to attach images (such as a digital picture of a rash, for instance) in a message to a Kaiser...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:26 am February 12, 2014
Long a stalwart in the healthcare landscape, Software-as-a-Service is finding new value with the advent of mHealth, disrupting business models traditionally conducted by providers and reimbursed by payers. By adding instant and mobile access to EHRs, analytics, patient engagement, care management and data collection – without the need to support huge and costly client-server deployments – SaaS is...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:07 am February 3, 2014
Like all symbiotic relationships, the growing partnership between mobile network providers and healthcare organizations is engendering major benefits and invigorating both industries. And while there will likely be many benefits for healthcare providers, they can bring dangers as well. Telecoms are already using such strategies as application development contests and investment in startups to...
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By  Ephraim Schwartz 09:17 am January 27, 2014
Jeffrey Burns, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital, was inspired by watching his 15-year-old son gaming with players outside the country. Wondering why he couldn’t share knowledge with colleagues working in other parts of the world, he embarked on an initiative to build a community-centric learning lab and platform with a social wrapper around simulations and training modules. The result:...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:06 am January 20, 2014
Haptic and robotic devices promise to broaden the reach and increase the depth of mobile healthcare, thereby giving professionals yet another way to collaborate with patients.  A number of retail and healthcare devices already use haptic technology for remote monitoring, and more are expected to emerge in the near future. An MIT research team, in fact, is ready to launch clinical trials of a...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 08:44 am January 13, 2014
Telemedicine is being praised, and rightly so, for folding space and time to deliver first-class healthcare to rural populations as well as homebound city dwellers. What we don’t hear so much about are the limitations. There are gray areas — human, regulatory, reimbursement and technological — that inhibit what can be accomplished via telehealth today. With its focus on mental health, substance...
By  Ephraim Schwartz 12:31 pm January 6, 2014
If a doctor can't physically reach out with his hand and help a paralyzed stroke patient move a limb, researchers are finding that person can be taught remotely to do so on their own via mHealth tools. In a healthcare system that all too often ignores non-working limbs for economic reasons, the telemedicine technology has the potential to help patients more effectively restore movement. Taking a...