Regulation

By Jonah Comstock 06:45 am March 30, 2015
A recent Supreme Court decision could have a profound impact on the ability of state medical boards to prevent telemedicine companies from offering their services, according to some experts familiar with the case. North Carolina Board of Dental (NCBD) Examiners vs Federal Trade Commission was decided by a 6-3 vote last month. The case ruled that medical boards comprised of private professionals (...
By Jonah Comstock 08:53 am March 26, 2015
Rep. Cecile Bledsoe Shortly after the Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer services within the state, the House has passed a more limited bill, which had already cleared the Senate, increasing the allowable range of telemedicine services. The new bill, SB133, is more restrictive than the one that was previously voted down. It...
By Jonah Comstock 11:07 am March 25, 2015
Vital Art and Science, developers of myVisionTrack, a vision test service for patients with age-related macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease, has received a second FDA clearance for their platform, which includes an app and a provider dashboard. They will also soon launch a major clinical trial in partnership with the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Roche, according to the...
By Aditi Pai 09:40 am March 24, 2015
Rep. Dan Sullivan The Arkansas House of Representatives has voted down a bill that would allow telemedicine companies to offer services within the state. The bill was defeated 41-21 with two people voting present. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) who explained in the hearing that the bill specifically addressed "the opportunity to do certain primary care activities,...
By Jonah Comstock 10:41 am March 23, 2015
Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited proposed guidelines for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records. On the same day, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the proposed 2015 certification criteria for EHRs. The standards proposed will be optional through 2017 and mandatory for all...
By Jonah Comstock 08:10 am March 23, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is expanding its collaboration with the City of Louisville, Kentucky, thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The new program, called Air Louisville will allow the city to collect data from sensors attached to 2,000 asthma inhalers, which can then be used for public health purposes. Chris Hogg, Propeller Health's chief operating officer...
By Aditi Pai 09:00 am March 17, 2015
Los Altos, California-based Gauss Surgical has received an FDA 510(k) clearance for its Triton iPad app, which can now estimate the surgical blood loss in canisters that hold blood. Surgeons can estimate blood loss in surgical suction containers using the iPad's camera. The app enables the user to take pictures of the surgical canisters and then send the images up to the cloud for analysis. At...
By Aditi Pai 05:02 am March 12, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a new training tool, an app called Suicide Safe, for behavioral health and primary care providers. Suicide Safe is based on the suicide assessment five-step evaluation and triage (SAFE-T) practice guidelines. Providers can use the app to learn the five steps in ...
By Jonah Comstock 09:11 am March 11, 2015
Dallas-based accelerator Tech Wildcatters and Chicago-based accelerator TechNexus have announced that they are accepting applications for a new incubator program, called Emerge. The program, which will include 10 to 15 companies across the two accelerators, will accept companies that are working on wearable technology that can help first responders. The two accelerators were tapped by the US ...
By Jonah Comstock 09:21 am March 10, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to develop, innovate, and scale its mobile health initiatives according to a new report published in the Washington Post. The bulk of the Post's report focuses on Give an Hour, a nonprofit that connects veterans with free mental health sessions offered by volunteer professionals. The app uses telehealth to facilitate these sessions: it previously...