October 29, 2014
At Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium last week, Beth Israel Deaconess CIO and SVP Dr. John Halamka led a small panel discussion about the rise of wearables in healthcare with a particular focus on the early days of Google Glass adoption by doctors. In his introductory remarks Halamka briefly laid out a vision for why data from patients' wearables will become increasingly important...
October 8, 2014
Almost 37 percent of patients enrolled in a large academic health system's patient portal sent at least one message to a physician in 2010, according to a study of 49,778 patients who enrolled in the patient portal between 2001 and 2010.
The 37 percent of patients who sent at least one message to a physician made up 8.4 percent of all patients in the health system at the time.
August 25, 2014
Google Glass startup Wearable Intelligence, which, among other things, outfits Google Glass devices for use in hospitals, has raised just under $8 million, according to a report in Fortune. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, whose parnter Barry Eggers also joined the board.
This is the first funding the company has announced, but Fortune reports the company previously raised seed...
August 13, 2014
According to a new report from Reuters, Apple's announced partnership with EHR provider Epic Systems may not be an exclusive one. The news outlet says Apple is in talks with Allscripts about how HealthKit could integrate with its systems, as well as with Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, and the Cleveland Clinic. Of these organizations, all but the Cleveland Clinic declined to comment.
All the hospitals...
July 31, 2014
Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is gearing up to get data from patients' consumer devices like Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or Withings weight scale into their EHR, according to CIO and emergency room physician Dr. John Halamka. Halamka says a number of factors make now the time for patient-generated data: devices have reached the maturity and ease of use needed to be a part of people's care...
July 8, 2014
Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has launched a pilot in which 700 mental health patients receive access to their therapists' notes on their laptop or smartphone, according to a must-read report in the New York Times.
"Nationally, the momentum is shifting in favor of transparency in the medical record, but understandable caution and controversy remain when it comes to mental health...
March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt.
As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week.
"We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...
April 23, 2013
Sense4Baby, the fetal monitoring system that was the first startup to spin off from the West Health Institute, has raised $4 million from the West Health Investment Fund. The startup also appointed Dr. Jessica Grossman, an obstetrician/gynecologist who has been serving as medical director of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson and Johnson medical device company, as president and CEO.
Some or all of...
October 4, 2012
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The final results from a yearlong study of how patients and their primary care providers...
July 26, 2012
With the bring-your-own-device trend showing no signs of abating and mixed messages coming from government regulators, healthcare organizations are struggling mightily with how to secure patient data on tablets, smartphones, laptops and even wireless medical devices.
Different federal agencies see security through different prisms. The Drug Enforcement Agency, part of the Department of Justice,...