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By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
Apple Health Records, a feature that lets users upload their health records from participating health systems onto their phone, is officially coming to US veterans courtesy of a Department of Veterans Affairs partnership announced by Apple this morning in a blog post. Soon, veterans receiving their care through the government organization will have access to a portable aggregated record of their...
By Laura Lovett February 11, 2019
When it comes to innovation, healthcare players can’t wait around to see how it it going to play out. “You are either being disrupted or a disruptor — sometimes you are both,” Neil Patel, president of Healthbox and EVP at HIMSS, said this morning at the Innovation Symposium. That’s why it’s important to always be looking ahead and thinking about trends, he said. Giving Blockbuster as the...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 11, 2019
NHS Digital is launching a pilot to build the process that will enable partner services to connect to NHS login, providing a single way for patients in England to verify their identity and then use the login to access digital health and care services. Patients will need to set up the NHS login - username and password - by using an email address and a mobile phone, according to NHS Digital, and...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning. “We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
MDLive launched a new asynchronous virtual care service last week that lets patients submit describe their condition through a text-based assessment and receive an emailed treatment plan within two hours. MDLive Go — which the telehealth company is demoing this week at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida — collects, organizes and documents the results of a condition-specific assessment provided to...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Private equity firm Francisco Partners has acquired Qualcomm Life, the Qualcomm subsidiary focused on medical device connectivity. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Qualcomm Life will spin out as a new company under the name Capsule Technologies — the name of a clinical data management company that Qualcomm acquired in 2015. The new Capsule Technologies will continue to use the...
HIMSS TV at HIMSS18
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2019
HIMSS TV, the video arm of HIMSS Media, launched last year at HIMSS18 — and now we’re coming back for HIMSS19 in Orlando next month. First things first: This year, HIMSS TV will be hosted by Kate Milliken, an entrepreneur and patient advocate with some serious health IT chops of her own. Kate will be hosting a range of guests from health system executives to startup CEOs, health IT pros at...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 8, 2019
Instagram vows to remove self-harm content amid public outcry in the UK. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said in an interview with the BBC this week that graphic self-harm images would be removed from the social network, after the family of a teenager that took her own life found distressing material about suicide and self-harm when looking into her Instagram account. “That’s gonna take some time,...
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By Bradley Merrill Thompson February 8, 2019
About the Author: Bradley Merrill Thompson is a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. There, he counsels medical device, drug, and combination product companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory, reimbursement, and clinical trial issues.  In January, FDA released version 1.0 of its Working Model for the agency’s Precertification Program for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) (i....

Above image: The Dinsow mini, an elderly care robot made by Thai manufacturer CT Asia Robotics​. Credit: Dinsow Elderly Companion

By Dean Koh February 8, 2019
Under its Thailand 4.0 vision, Thailand plans to leverage on its reputation and excellence in medical services and medical devices and strengthen its position as the regional medical hub. To promote medical robotics, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has offered a wide range of investment promotion incentives related to three targeted activities – manufacture of automation machinery/equipment...

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