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By Aditi Pai 06:12 am October 15, 2013
SmartCAT, an app to help children handle anxiety, is capable of supporting brief cognitive behavioral therapy (BCBT) and could yield positive results over a short period of time, according to a study from the Department of Health Information at the University of Pittsburgh. Generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and separation anxiety disorder are very prevalent in children and can ...
By Brian Dolan 06:00 am October 15, 2013
Last week Boston-based American Well made its telehealth service available as a direct-to-consumer offering. Now anyone with a camera-equipped smartphone, tablet, or computer can conduct a video visit with a physician for $49 -- assuming you live in a state that doesn't prohibit it. That means those in Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, Alabama and Oklahoma will have to wait until their state's...
By Neil Versel 01:56 am October 15, 2013
South Carolina's Beaufort Memorial Hospital expects to save millions of dollars this year and potentially prevent some deaths as well by investing in secure texting technology, attendees of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Fall CIO Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., heard last week. According to the hospital's VP and CIO Ed Ricks, texting between clinicians could speed...
By Aditi Pai 09:41 am October 14, 2013
The doctors in residency programs today might be more inclined to use iPads for educational purposes, and as a result, less likely to use the iPad for personal reasons, according to a small study conducted by Tulane University School of Medicine clinical research coordinator Marcia B. Henry. Because of the small sample of residents included in the study, the results might not point to a broader...
By Aditi Pai 02:46 pm October 9, 2013
Jonathan Bush, CEO and cofounder of athenahealth, wants to build a healthcare internet. Bush spoke about the barriers to healthcare innovation in a lively conversation with MIT Technology Review Editor in Chief Jason Pontin at the EmTech event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bush described athenahealth, provider of cloud-based EHR and practice management software, as the "water boy" for the health...
By Neil Versel 05:50 am October 8, 2013
"Ten years from now, we'll be talking about behavioral change methods, not the technology." That was a prediction Don Jones, vice president of global strategy and market development for Qualcomm Life, the healthcare connectivity division of San Diego-based telecommunications firm Qualcomm, made Friday at the University of Southern California's seventh annual Body Computing Conference in Los...
By Jonah Comstock 10:04 am October 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
By Jonah Comstock 12:32 pm October 2, 2013
Epocrates and athenahealth, which bought Epocrates for $293 million at the beginning of this year, launched their first joint product, a free mobile app called Epocrates Bugs + Drugs that uses big data to address "superbugs" or drug-resistant bacteria. "What's exciting about this is it takes athena data and it pulls the big data into a moment of care that allows a physician to provide a...
By Neil Versel 06:44 am September 27, 2013
Louis Burns, CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations since the joint venture launched in early 2011 and, before that, head of Intel's Digital Health Group, will retire at the end of the year, Roseville, Calif.-based Care Innovations announced Thursday. Taking his place will be former Humana executive Sean Slovenski, who brings a background in behavior change and wellness to the three-year-old maker of...
By Aditi Pai 09:51 am September 25, 2013
MIT's Little Devices Lab announced a new initiative to support innovation for nurses at New York's 2013 World Maker Faire last week. Little Devices Lab, which develops technologies for the healthcare environment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a six month initiative, MakerNurse, to travel the country and talk to nurses in order to learn what technologies and systems nurses use...