Center for Connected Health

By Neil Versel 06:20 am August 13, 2012
Ted Rappaport, Founder & Director, NYU Wireless New York University is the latest institution to open a wireless health research center, though NYU is calling its effort the "first academic research center combining the exploration of advanced wireless technologies, computing and medical applications." NYU last week unveiled NYU Wireless, bringing together engineering, computer science and...
By Brian Dolan 12:43 pm November 9, 2011
Healthrageous has partnered with Philadelphia-based health insurer Independence Blue Cross, IBC's director of eBusiness Development Michael Yetter told attendees at the recent Insurance & Technology Executive Summit in Arizona. Healthrageous, which spun out of Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health last year, offers a wellness platform that uses wireless-enabled fitness devices and...
By Chris Gullo 08:43 am August 17, 2011
Patients knowing that their health care provider is regularly reviewing their individual results dramatically improves adherence to wellness programs, according to a recent post by Dr. Joseph Kvedar of the Center for Connected Health (CCH) on their cHealth blog. However, Kvedar adds that the increasing use of biometric sensors to provide personal health data to patients needs to be combined with...
By Brian Dolan 11:39 am August 3, 2011
Boston-based integrated delivery network (IDN) Partners HealthCare has taken its electronic medical record mobile with the help of InterSystems. InterSystems offering, CACHE, made mobilizing Partners' internally developed EHR possible. The initiative took 90 days to implement, according to the company, and now an estimated 2,000 clinicians within Partners are using the app, which is currently...
By Brian Dolan 03:53 am June 2, 2011
It follows: Health devices that are easier to use find greater acceptance among patients. Usability also impacts dosage compliance as well as health outcomes. Those are some of the findings that came out of a survey Cambridge Consultants conducted. The respondents included healthcare providers and 240 diabetes patients. The more surprising findings? Those patients surveyed said they were mostly...
By Brian Dolan 10:33 am May 16, 2011
The Boston Globe has a high-level overview of some recent (small scale) efficacy studies about mobile health as well as a few updates on Boston-area companies and individuals working in mobile health today. "Often patients come in, and they sort of expect some magic cure,’’ Massachusetts General Hospital's Dr. Kimberly Parks told the Globe. “The truth is, most chronic illness requires...
By Neil Versel 06:50 am January 19, 2011
By Neil Versel It’s time for a reality check in mobile and wireless home health, specifically in the area of body sensors. And this bit of buzzkill comes from someone at the forefront of the field, namely Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare System in Boston. “Most of the time, I write from the perspective of a technology vision that includes...
By Brian Dolan 07:58 am July 16, 2010
Employers must promote consumer health: The head of PHR platform provider Dossia, Colin Evans, has a worthwhile column on the employers' role in mobile and consumer health: "Informing and empowering employees is central to employers’ broader efforts to more proactively promote health care consumerism, shift toward high value health plans, and intervene directly to eliminate inefficiencies from...
By Brian Dolan 07:21 am June 23, 2010
Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health announced that Vitality's GlowCap service raised medication adherence rates 27 percent for a group of hypertensive patients. The group using GlowCaps achieved 98 percent adherence, while another group using GlowCaps plus financial incentives hit 99 percent adherence. For those that don't know, here's how Vitality describes GlowCaps: They "fit...
By Brian Dolan 07:00 am June 23, 2010
By David Doherty, Business Development, 3G Doctor Rob Havasy, a Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health, has posted a somewhat confusing article entitled “The Uncertain Price of mHealth." The basic premise is that the move from flat rate unlimited data to tiered data plans is something that “will surely impact smartphone use in mHealth.” The article goes on to...