June 10, 2015
This week the American Medical Association’s ethics council attempted to come to an agreement over a set of guidelines focused on ethical considerations related to the use of online or mobile visits between patients and physicians, but a physician from Texas helped convince the committee to rethink its plans. The guidelines were tabled and sent back to committee for further review. The earliest...
June 1, 2015
There's been a cluster of important telemedicine news in the past few days: the AMA is developing ethical guidelines for remote visits, a majority of states now have telemedicine parity laws in place, and details about Teladoc's business came to light through an SEC filing related to its hoped-for IPO.
This month the American Medical Association's ethics council will begin to craft a set of...
February 4, 2015
The American Medical Association has partnered with Matter, a Chicago-based incubator for healthcare companies, to build a digital health lab called the AMA Interaction Studio. This studio will be designed to help physicians, entrepreneurs, and health care professionals develop and test new health-focused technology.
“Innovation is a key driver in making the health system work better for everyone...
August 29, 2013
Although the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated the HIPAA privacy rule for the first time in more than a decade, the regulations still are not flexible enough to keep up with the pace of innovation in digital health, according to a newly published commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Plus, the authors contend, the new requirement that...
January 24, 2013
Have you seen all the pushback of late against the direction of the "meaningful use" EHR incentive program and EHRs in general?
The year started with the publication of a RAND Corp. study in Health Affairs cautioning that health IT had fallen far short of its potential so far. Notably, EHR design and implementation problems, a lack of interoperability and continued reluctance among providers to...
February 6, 2012
At the end of January the American Medical Association (AMA) offered up its second consumer facing smartphone app: Weigh What Matters. The free app, which is available for Apple iOS and Android devices, aims to help people work with their physicians to set up health goals and track their progress toward meeting them. The app includes weight, diet, and activity goals and tracking mechanisms....
September 8, 2011
Video games are hot in healthcare right now.
A fringe topic not too long ago, the subject gained a sense of legitimacy in July, when publisher Mary Ann Liebert Inc. introduced a new journal called Games for Health: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications. The first issue is due out this fall.
That's right, there's now a peer-reviewed, scientific journal specifically examining the role...
August 3, 2011
You know how we keep hearing that there just isn't enough clinical evidence yet to justify reimbursement for mobile and wireless technologies such as home monitoring systems? That may be about to change, possibly in an unlikely venue: the venerable, oftentimes stuffy, Journal of the American Medical Association.
The American Medical Association, which publishes JAMA, has a reputation as being a...
October 20, 2010
ER wait times apps -- good for hospital revenue but may discourage patients from seeking care? American Medical News
Track inventory with an app: Medical Tracking Solutions released an iPhone/iPad app that helps hospitals and clinics track their medical devices. iTraycer, which is also in development for BlackBerry and Android devices, includes FDA product recalls and expiration dates and can...
June 1, 2009
The American Medical Association's AMNews just reported on the Manhattan Research report from last month that found 64 percent of doctors now use smartphones. The article, however, includes some interesting insights from the report's authors as well as from some doctors who have led the trend by using smartphones to access medical records and more.
"You have to make it very easy for the average...