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By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2014
Web and mobile-based appointment booking service ZocDoc has announced plans to make its service available in all 48 contiguous states by the end of 2014. ZocDoc's free-to-patients service helps people find a provider or specialist in the first place, but it also helps them discreetly and efficiently make future appointments while avoiding the "Tetris game" of trying to coordinate their schedule...
By Aditi Pai March 5, 2014
There was no significant change in the frequency of office visits for patients who used an electronic messaging system through a patient portal, according to a retroactive study of 2,357 adult primary care patients at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota location. The data in the study was from April 2010 to August 2011. "The portal has been promoted as a way to decrease administrative costs of...
By Aditi Pai March 4, 2014
Researchers in the Ozcan Research group at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a Google Glass app that allows users to interpret diagnostic test strips for a variety of diseases and health conditions, such as HIV, malaria, and prostate cancer. The research was published in ACS Nano, a journal that publishes articles on nanoscience and nanotechnology...
By Aditi Pai March 3, 2014
Sharon Moalem, geneticist and author of Survival of the Sickest, has developed an "inexpensive facial recognition tool", an app called Recognyz. The app will use technology developed for the security industry to help identify genetic and congenital disorders through pictures. "Many medical conditions and/or syndromes have specific physical features, such as interpupillary distance and skull shape...
By Brian Dolan February 27, 2014
West Shell III, Co-founder & CEO, Conversa Health Portland, Oregon-based GreenField Health, a subscription-based primary care clinic, has agreed to pilot Conversa Health's digital patient engagement platform to try out the startup's "digital checkups", which collect structured feedback on patients’ progress and outcomes between visits. Earlier this month Conversa Health announced the...
By Brian Dolan February 26, 2014
The Ohio State University Medical Center has seen a considerable spike in mobile visitors to its website. In January 2012 the medical center noticed that about 13 percent of its website visitors were viewing it on their mobile devices, but by January 2014 that percentage has jumped to about 40 percent. Those and other data points helped convince the medical center to move away from text-heavy...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2014
A startup called Perminova is developing a necklace for clinical use that can track a number of vital signs including thoracic fluid levels, an early predictor of congestive heart failure that isn't currently monitored by most connected sensors. Patients at risk for CHF could use the device in place of or along with a weight scale. "You have weight gain four days before a heart failure event," VP...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2014
Patient engagement is about giving patients communication channels they want as well as the ones they need, according to Chanin Wendling, Director of eHealth at Geisinger Health System. And from her experience, patients are still more interested in useful web-based patient portals than they are in apps. "We did a study this past summer on women's health where we were trying to figure out if we...
By Jonah Comstock February 25, 2014
Three new Kaiser Permanente hospitals will be opening soon in California and will roll out the Journey Home Board, a tablet application that serves as an outpatient education and engagement app. The Journey Home Board is the latest technology to come out of Kaiser's Imagine Care Anywhere program, an innovation center based out of Kaiser's Garfield Innovation Center in San Leandro, California. "...
By Aditi Pai February 25, 2014
Samsung Electronics announced a partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) last week to "accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies" that will be used in preventive health offerings. The new lab will be called the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab. Technologies that will be brought to the lab...