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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 5, 2009
According to a recent report from Manhattan Research, by 2012 the percentage of U.S. physicians using smartphones will increase to 81 percent. The current rate of penetration is 64 percent, according to the research firm's report “Physicians in 2012: The Outlook for On Demand, Mobile, and Social Digital Media.”
Manhattan believes that as physicians currently using smartphones age their use of...
October 2, 2009
Larry Smarr, Institute Director at Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology) has big ideas for the digital transformation of healthcare over the next decade and he plans to leverage Calit2's resources to push the trend forward, according to a report from Xconomy. Smarr said he's pushing the digital transformation of healthcare along with similar...
September 29, 2009
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Premier healthcare alliance inked a deal with mobile application developer AirStrip Technologies for AirStrip OB, which provides obstetricians and nurses with real-time, remote access to fetal and maternal waveform data, including fetal heart rate and maternal contractions. Premier began offering the application to its 2,200 hospital members about two weeks ago....