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By Brian Dolan 08:54 am October 27, 2009
The Verizon Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to expand the Center for Connected Health's text messaging program that aims to help keep at-risk pregnant women engaged in their health and to provide ongoing prenatal and post-natal support for them. The grant will help the Partners HealthCare subsidiary examine the "feasibility and acceptability" of text messaging to offer health care services...
By Brian Dolan 08:21 am October 27, 2009
Vocera -- known for its wireless badge form factor communication devices for hospital settings -- announced the first shipment of its new device: the Vocera smartphone. The company jointly developed the smartphone with Motorola, but Vocera said the device offers the same one-touch, voice user interface of the Vocera communications badge. The Vocera smartphone runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6....
By Brian Dolan 08:04 am October 22, 2009
Keas co-founder and COO George Kassabgi and Business Development Manager Lindsey Volckmann discussed the recent launch of Keas, an online health platform that works with care providers to offer Care Plans to offer users personalized action plans that empower patients to take control of their health. That's the plan, anyway. Volckmann was quick to point out that Keas is not a "typical PHR" (...
By Brian Dolan 02:32 am October 22, 2009
Some estimates peg about 50 percent of health care problems on bad genetics or accidents, the Director of the Connected Health Center, Dr. Joseph Kvedar noted during his closing remarks at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston on Wednesday. "Those are the types of patients that politicians [love to point to] and ask providers: Why would you want to deny that patient care? The other 50 percent...
By Brian Dolan 08:22 am October 20, 2009
A recent Brookings Institute report that we pointed to last week has drummed up a lot of response from the political commentary crowd: Joe Rothstein, editor of EIN News, penned an editorial in U.S. Politics Today this week that picked up where Brookings Institute's Darrell West left off: "Physicians and patients are going to have to learn how to migrate into the new medical world. That may not be...
By Brian Dolan 02:31 pm October 14, 2009
"The hottest company in the electronic medical records industry is a secretive Wisconsin outfit called Epic Systems," a recent Forbes article explained. "It does little marketing or advertising, shuns acquisitions, never issues press releases and tries to stay out of the headlines." An EMR company with a penchant for the secretive? No wonder Apple has teamed up with Epic Systems to increase its...
By Brian Dolan 07:21 am October 13, 2009
The Brookings Institute just published a very worthwhile read: Customer-Driven Medicine: How To Create A New Health Care System, by Darrell West that aims to imagine a different healthcare system where the patient is in charge of their own health with help from EMRs, mobile phones, personalized care and more. In this fictitious world, people monitor their own weight, blood pressure, pulse, sugar...
By Brian Dolan 06:55 am October 13, 2009
During the West Wireless Health Institute open house event earlier last week, presenters noted that by 2020, the U.S. won't have enough physicians -- it will be about 200,000 physicians short, and there are far too few medical schools to make up the difference in the meantime: “Physicians need to be more productive with hours,” Gary West, chairman of the institute told attendees, according to a...
By Brian Dolan 09:01 pm October 7, 2009
Voalte announced this week a collaboration agreement with Sarasota Memorial Hospital that sees the care facility's nurses using Voalte's iPhone-based voice, alarm and text offering. Trey Lauderdale, Vice President of Innovation at Voaltė explained to MobiHealthNews in a recent interview that the service allows Sarasota Memorial's nurses to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and...
By Brian Dolan 12:28 pm October 6, 2009
Phreesia, a start-up that offers wireless tablets to practices in an effort to optimize patient check-in, announced today at the Heath 2.0 event in San Francisco that it had added an insurance eligibility check to its service. Phreesia provides practices with "Phreesia Pads," wireless touchscreen tablets that are meant to replace the old school check-in clip boards. Phreesia's pitch is that...