Top 10 mHealth News stories of 2014

From the mHealthNews archive
By Tom Sullivan

6. Infographic: How Google Fit, Apple HealthKit and Samsung Sami all stack up: See for yourself the similarities and differences among three of the platforms receiving the most attention this year.

7. UPMC improves the workflow for doctors on tablets: The NFL is not the only institution using Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. Take UPMC, for instance. Working in conjunction with Caradigm, Intel and Microsoft, the health system managed to grant doctors single sign-on for switching between applications more easily, enable them to better maintain patient context, and a touch-enabled app that “displays, tracks and reports the series of clinical steps compared against the recommended pathway.”

8. Patient engagement: the unifying link in telehealth: The phrase “patient engagement” was all the rage this year. But there are those who believe that “people in healthcare have not yet figured out how to bridge the gap between technology and care.” That’s part of what catalyzed Phillips to align with to create what the companies claim will be “a secure, scalable platform” that ties EHR, patient-generated data, even devices like Apple’s HealthKit in a fashion that both providers and patients can use.

9. Buyers guide to mobile ICD-10 apps: Particularly now that the massive code set conversion has eluded delay in the so-called Cromnibus legislation, the ICD-10 deadline remains Oct. 1, 2015. And while we’ve all heard that before, it pays to know what your options are come compliance day. This Buyers Guide outlines what to look for in a mobile ICD-10 app and compares 10 of the rated ones, ranging from free to $19.99 — as well as examining some non-rated apps and even a game that coders can try to share with Facebook friends.

10. 3 sensor startups collecting population health data:  A look at three of the products in incubation at Startup Health: AdhereTech’s wireless pill bottle, LifeAssist’s watch housing a GPS and a gyroscope, and CarePredict’s room beacon, which enables caregivers to know what patients are doing in real time.

And I’ll even throw in a bonus late-year bloomer: 5 funniest one-liners from the mHealth Summit 2014. Drugs, diarrhea, the incredibly short lifespan of wearables and more of the cracks I heard at this year’s conference.

What was your favorite story of 2014?