Mary Mosquera

By Mary Mosquera 05:29 pm December 8, 2013
Whether you're a developer looking to design and market an application for the health and wellness environment or you want to learn from the mistakes and best practices of others, Sunday's WIPJam@mHealth Summit was the place to be. Few in the audience actually have an application on the market, but many said they were planning. That's the goal of the Wireless Industry Partnership, headquartered...
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By Mary Mosquera 10:15 am June 26, 2012
The Supreme Court has ruled that it is constitutional to require that all Americans obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty. Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote in the 5-4 decision to uphold the controversial health reform law. His support for the so-called individual mandate was that it was constitutional based on Congress’ taxing authority and not on the Commerce clause...
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By Mary Mosquera 01:24 pm March 20, 2012
The Health and Human Services Department has launched a developer’s challenge to create a public health application that mines Twitter for trending illnesses over a 24-hour span. As proposed, the application would take Twitter feeds from a specific geographic area and count the frequency of common illness-related terms. It would create a top-five list that would be delivered daily to public...
By Mary Mosquera 01:46 pm August 23, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer its physicians commercial cloud-based software-as-a-service collaborative tools to improve communications while also reducing data breaches. Some physicians already use Web-based tools without approval, a situation that heightens the risk for sensitive data disclosure, VA officials have said. VA seeks information from vendors about their...
By Mary Mosquera 01:57 pm July 29, 2011
Once it allows employees and clinicians in its hospitals to start using iPhones and iPads on the job on Oct. 1, the biggest issue for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is information security. Employees will be able to view sensitive data, but be unable to download and store information on a mobile device unless it meets security requirements. The viewer tool is a capability that VA...
By Mary Mosquera 01:51 pm July 25, 2011
The National Cancer Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have launched an innovation competition to use public data to develop software applications that can potentially integrate with health IT platforms to help prevent and control cancer. Developers can vie for awards up to $20,000. Teams will tackle hurdles that consumers, physicians or researches face along...
By Mary Mosquera 02:11 pm July 1, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs expects on Oct. 1 to let clinicians in its hospitals and other employees use mobile devices – likely Apple’s iPhone among others – once they are verified as secure and that any personal information stored on them is encrypted. VA did not disclose which devices would get the go-ahead but will focus on a “particular set of very popular devices,” said Roger Baker...
By Mary Mosquera 11:45 am June 17, 2011
Innovative tools and data that federal health agencies have released to the public can help healthcare providers meet meaningful use of electronic health records, says  Todd, Park, chief technology officer for the Department of Heath and Human Services. Speaking to an audience at the Government Health IT Conference on June 15, Park offered several examples. Applications that developers have...
By Mary Mosquera 03:17 pm February 8, 2011
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract to enable providers to share elements of a patient's electronic health record on mobile devices in addition to three other contracts under its latest VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) competition. The VA's goal is to use new technologies to improve the quality of veterans' patient care. VAi2 is designed to tap the talent, ideas and expertise...
By Mary Mosquera 01:00 pm November 2, 2010
The Health Resources and Services Administration has made available for free a mobile version of its "Find a Health Center" application for iPhones through iTunes. The online version of the health center locator can be accessed at HRSA's website. Each day, an average of 3,200 people use the app to find healthcare services at HRSA supported community health centers, HRSA Administrator Mary...