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By Jonah Comstock October 8, 2014
Practice management software TherapyNotes. Seventy-three percent of mental health clinicians in the United States said they would find a mobile app useful in their practice, according to a survey of 401 mental health professionals conducted this summer by Sigma Research Group, sponsored by mental health startup SelfEcho. Specifically, the 73 percent said that an app that collects and...
By Aditi Pai October 8, 2014
Almost 37 percent of patients enrolled in a large academic health system's patient portal sent at least one message to a physician in 2010, according to a study of 49,778 patients who enrolled in the patient portal between 2001 and 2010. The 37 percent of patients who sent at least one message to a physician made up 8.4 percent of all patients in the health system at the time. Researchers who...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2014
PatientKeeper's charge capture application. Last week, the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a company that manages 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England, announced it would be acquiring PatientKeeper, one of the oldest mobile health software companies still in operation, for an undisclosed sum. HCA will continue to operate PatientKeeper as an...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson believes three major trends are driving changes in the healthcare system, he said during his keynote on the final day of the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. Those include a shift to holistic, lifelong care; the rise of the patient as active healthcare consumer; and the decentralization of healthcare. "Eventually, as we disrupt the healthcare system...
By Aditi Pai September 24, 2014
Planned Parenthood has launched a pilot program for a service that prescribes birth control to women via video visits, powered by American Well, and then sends them either the pill, the patch or the ring through the mail. The video visit service is available online and via an iOS or Android app, called Planned Parenthood Care, but only for residents of Washington state and Minnesota. In a...
By Aditi Pai September 24, 2014
Eighty four percent of patients said they should be able to use technology to help their doctors make a diagnosis, while 69 percent of physicians said patients should use such tools to help them form a diagnosis. That's according to a recent survey from WebMD. In a follow up, the survey asked physicians if patients should self-diagnose using technology, to which only 17 percent of physicians said...
By Aditi Pai September 22, 2014
Dallas, Texas-based virtual visits company Teladoc raised $50 million, according to an SEC filing. The round was led by Jafco Ventures with additional funding from FLAG Capital Management, Greenspring Associates, Mellon, and QuestMark Partners. This brings the company's total funding to about $96.6 million. Existing investors who also contributed to this round include Kleiner Perkins Caufield...
By Jonah Comstock September 17, 2014
A new pilot study from Stanford University shows that Google Glass can help surgeons monitor patients' vital signs more closely during surgery, potentially helping them to prevent more complications. Researchers used a software called VitalStream from VitalMedicals, a startup led by a Stanford surgeon who was involved in the study. "During conscious sedation procedures where you don’t have an...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2014
According to a report from Reuters, two more large hospitals are embarking on pilots with Apple's HealthKit: Stanford University Medical Center and Duke University Hospital. Stanford is using the technology to track blood sugar in children with diabetes, while Duke will be tracking blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer and heart conditions. Apple appears to be working with a large...
By Aditi Pai September 10, 2014
Sixty five percent of nurses use a mobile device at work for professional purposes and for at least 30 minutes every day, according to a survey of 2,498 nurses by Wolters Kluwer Health. The company recruited 1,921 practicing nurses, 386 nurse academics, 135 who are retired, and 56 other nurses. "These findings largely mirror what we are seeing outside the hospital, that use of mobile devices to...