Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 08:05 amAugust 4, 2015
A medication management protocol delivered through text or instant message may be the patient engagement tool that doctors need to help people with chronic conditions take care of themselves at home. A study conducted by the Duke University School of Medicine and University of Maryland School of Medicine found few errors in a mobile health medication inquiry system (MIS) designed to allow...
By Eric Wicklund 10:55 amAugust 3, 2015
A new survey out of Europe finds that providers there are more supportive of digital health technologies than their American counterparts. Yet they also have concerns about where the technology is going - and they're not sure that pharma should lead the way. "The Digital Doctor Report 2015," conducted by UK-based Ipsos Healthcare, finds that 72 percent of doctors surveyed in the UK, Germany and...
By Eric Wicklund 08:43 amAugust 3, 2015
I am now one of the estimated 15 percent of America with a Fitbit. I've yet to master the intricacies of the wrist-worn health and wellness monitor, though I am getting used to checking the dashboards on my iPhone each day for activity and sleep data. Interestingly enough, on days when I hop on my bicycle for a ride, my step count increases dramatically, and I hit a whole bunch of activity goals...
By Eric Wicklund 10:46 amJuly 31, 2015
A new partnership between IBM and CVS could push pharmacists to the forefront of the connected care platform. IBM will be using its Watson supercomputer to analyze a wide variety of health data captured at CVS' 7,600 retail stores, 1,000+ walk-in clinics and pharmacy benefit management programs that reach more than 70 million people, enabling pharmacists around the country to pinpoint health...
By Eric Wicklund 08:43 amJuly 31, 2015
Brett Jakovac is the senior vice president and managing director of Government Healthcare Solutions for Xerox. He has spent more than 20 years with Xerox, managing Medicaid MMIS operations and development and large-scale Medicaid technology projects. Q. What's the one promise of mHealth that will drive the most adoption over the coming year? A. Improved access to care. According to the U.S....
By Eric Wicklund 11:56 amJuly 30, 2015
Many residents of New Orleans and surrounding communities deal with chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and chances are they're looking for a better way to manage their conditions at home and work more closely with their doctors. Now the local health system – long a pioneer in mHealth innovation – is looking for the public's help in developing wearables and mHealth solutions...
By Eric Wicklund 08:53 amJuly 30, 2015
With the Defense Department's goal of serving the military's healthcare needs "wherever and whenever care is required," expect mHealth and telehealth to play a significant role in the electronic health record platform being developed by Cerner, Accenture Federal Services and Leidos. The three companies, collectively working as the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, were awarded a coveted $4.3...
By Eric Wicklund 10:11 amJuly 29, 2015
Microsoft is joining the effort to create guidelines for developers of wearables and mHealth apps. The company has joined forces with the University of California, San Diego and the Vitality Institute to create "responsibility guidelines" that target six important issues in the use of personalized health technology. The guidelines are designed to not only help developers and healthcare providers...
By Eric Wicklund 09:20 amJuly 29, 2015
On the surface, the recent acquisition of Quantia by Physicians Interactive looks like just another mHealth deal, one designed to bolster PI's platform and give the company a more robust resource for its 3.5 million physician users. But the partnership goes beyond giving physicians a static library of clinical information. Donato Tramuto, PI's chairman and CEO, said he was particularly interested...
By Eric Wicklund 09:57 amJuly 28, 2015
In a busy hospital, the overhead paging system is often as effective – and annoying – as a bullhorn. It gets the job done, enabling clinicians to reach their colleagues-on-the-go in the span of a few minutes. But it's also noise pollution, pure and simple. It sets patients' teeth on edge, interferes with conversations and hurts staff morale. In some instances it might even affect clinical...