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By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2019
Last week in advance of HIMSS19, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure API for FHIR, the first in a series of APIs to help customers work with machine learning on protected health information in the cloud. The launch follows up on Microsoft’s open-source release on GitHub last November. “We saw tremendous response to that,” Heather Cartwright, general manager for Healthcare NExT at Microsoft,...
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
Facebook is now expanding its blood donation feature to US users. The technology, which lets Facebook users sign up as a blood donor and then gives them a notification when blood banks near them are in need, is expected to roll out in the US in the next few months.  The program kicked off in India in 2017. Last year the social media giant introduced the program to Pakistan, Brazil, India and...
By Dave Muoio February 12, 2019
Samsung’s inroads into healthcare have taken numerous forms over the years, but often the international electronics company is happy to serve as the technological backbone of its partners’ novel health products. The company's HIMSS19 showing suggests that the coming year will be little exception, with Samsung showcasing a number of health assessment tools and provider workflow products supported...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
Medical communications company Spok has announced a new suite of tools for its Spok Care Connect platform here at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida. Among these are Spok Go, a multidevice app for care team messaging; Spok Conduct, a cloud-based workflow engine with clinical alerting and alarm management support; and Spok Navigate, a tool for operators that helps guide patients and their caregivers...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
The top two questions nurses at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital field from bedridden patients are “When is my lunch coming?” and “When are visiting hours?” according to Viraj Patwardhan, the hospital’s VP of digital design and consumer experience. “When you don’t have anything to do, you either think of food or you think of your loved ones,” he said. At the Patient Engagement and Experience...
By Laura Lovett February 11, 2019
Looking to further its foothold in the healthcare space, this morning at HIMSS 2019 Salesforce unveiled three new capabilities of its Health Cloud system. The new capabilities will be focused on social determinants of health, in-home care, and personalizing the patient journey.  The social determinants of health feature will allow providers to capture information about a patient's living...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, is officially coming to US veterans courtesy of a Department of Veterans Affairs partnership announced by Apple this morning in a blog post. Soon, veterans receiving their care through the government organization will have access to a portable aggregated record of their...
By Laura Lovett February 11, 2019
When it comes to innovation, healthcare players can’t wait around to see how it it going to play out. “You are either being disrupted or a disruptor — sometimes you are both,” Neil Patel, president of Healthbox and EVP at HIMSS, said this morning at the Innovation Symposium. That’s why it’s important to always be looking ahead and thinking about trends, he said. Giving Blockbuster as the...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning. “We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
MDLive launched a new asynchronous virtual care service last week that lets patients submit describe their condition through a text-based assessment and receive an emailed treatment plan within two hours. MDLive Go — which the telehealth company is demoing this week at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida — collects, organizes and documents the results of a condition-specific assessment provided to...

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